Remembering The Mighty Hannibal

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In the Boogaloo Bag entry for last month’s Uptown Getdown, the passing of The Mighty Hannibal was mentioned and observed. What was not mentioned is that he was a beloved character in our little scene. Back in the nineties, when Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was working as a music publisher, he took a call from The Mighty Hannibal. The Mighty One was looking to activate his copyrights, a handful of which were controlled by said publishing company. The Boog promised to see what he could do, he then gave him the phone number of one of his fans, Mr. Fine Wine (It was thought at the time that Mr. Fine Wine would invite The Mighty Hannibal onto his radio program).

Gaylord Fields, One Mint Julep, Mr. Fine Wine, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Billy Miller, Lady Z and Lenny Kaye swing at the Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin.

Gaylord Fields, One Mint Julep, Mr. Fine Wine, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Billy Miller, Lady Z and Lenny Kaye swing at the Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin.

The phone call lead to more than that. The radio DJ helped Hannibal set up some shows, introduced him to Norton Records (who issued Hannibalism, a collection of his best records) and the two became great friends. Their friendship was documented in the unfinished film Showtime! The shows that Hannibal performed in New York over the last ten years or so were the most fabulous spectacles imaginable—a great soul singer of the sixties revived; the resurrection of The Mighty Hannibal!

Howie Pyro and Dave the Spazz discuss the Mighty Hannibal's great records.

Howie Pyro and Dave the Spazz discuss the Mighty Hannibal’s great records.

Billy Miller and Gaylord Fields cue up another great Mighty Hannibal record.

Billy Miller and Gaylord Fields cue up another great Mighty Hannibal record.

On Wednesday February 19, Billy Miller and Miriam Linna of Norton Records organized The Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin at the Bell House. Eleven DJs were slotted to play records in the spirit of The Mighty One. People who knew him gave testimonials. All had a great time, as we remembered this wonderful artist with fabulous (mostly) R&B records in his spirit. Among the DJs who spun 45s (many of them including a Hannibal track or two in his or her set) were Todd-O-Phonic Todd (Maxwells), Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU), Debbie D (WFMU Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban), Dave the Spazz (WFMU), Howie Pyro (Luxuria Music), Billy Miller (Norton Records), Josh Styles (Daddy Long Legs), Gaylord Fields (WFMU), Miriam Linna (Kicks Books), Rex Doane (WFMU) and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. Rex didn’t make the scene, but our pal Lenny Kaye dropped by for the festivities, and he swung a few records during Miriam’s cool set.

Debbie D and Gaylord Fields waltz to "Fishing Pole!"

Debbie D and Gaylord Fields waltz to “Fishing Pole!” Photo by Zoe Poore.

Miriam Linna and Billy Miller swing at the Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin.

Miriam Linna and Billy Miller swing at the Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin.

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Miriam Linna and Lenny Kaye present another great Hannibal record.

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Josh Styles and Todd-O-Phonic Todd work the DJ booth at the Mighty Hannibal Memorial Record Spin.

Scheduled to go from 8 to 11, the event actually lasted until midnight! But with so many DJs set to work, only a handful of songs by each could be played. Here’s everything that Phast Phreddie played:

  • The Mighty Hannibal–All Night Long (Sharob)
  • King Coleman–Get on Board (Port)
  • Pierre Perpall–Stop Il Faut Arreter (Citation; Canada)
  • Elliott Shaver–Soul Village (Blaun)
  • The Celebrities–Mambo Daddy (Music Makers)
  • Little Mae and the Flames–Baby Workout (Wildwood)
  • Marion James–That’s My Man (Excello)

None of these records are for sale.

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