Singer The Mighty Hannibal dies at 74

Singer THE MIGHTY HANNIBAL has died, aged 74.

Hannibal, born James Timothy Shaw, passed away last week (30Jan14) at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York after experiencing breathing problems.

Shaw began his career in the 1950s in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sung with a local group, The Overalls.

After moving to Los Angeles in 1958, he released his debut solo single, Big Chief Hug-Um An' Kiss-Um, under the name Jimmy Shaw.

In the 1960s, he returned to Atlanta and penned Hymn No. 5, one of his most successful singles.

But his success was short-lived - he developed a heroin addiction and served 18 months in jail for an unpaid tax bill.

In the 1970s, he revived his career as King Hannibal and in 2009, he co-wrote Elton John and Leon Russell's There's No Tomorrow single for their 2010 album The Union, according to RollingStone.com.

Paying tribute to his one-time collaborator on Wednesday (05Feb14), Elton John says, "Dear Mighty Hannibal, it was a pleasure to know you. Thanks for all the great music."

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