James Hyter (1922-2009)

No matter how hard his fans clap or call out for an encore James Hyter, the Mid-South's most famous bass voice, won't be coming back to sing about the peaceful ambivalance of the mighty Mississippi River.

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Hyter, who sang Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Old Man River" at Memphis in May's Sunset Symphony for 21 consecutive years died on Thursday, April 2. He was 87.

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