Born: Birmingham, AL
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Henry Kimbrell was a jazz pianist who resided in Birmingham. He is well-known in the region as the composer of the "15-cent Jingle" for Jack's hamburger chain.
His two sons, Mark Kimbrell (guitarist) and Matt Kimbrell (percussionist) graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Both of them are reknowned professional musicians.
Henry was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
Tomberlin, Michael (November 13, 2010) "Birmingham burger franchise Jack's jingle is back, back, back ... for 50th anniversary." Birmingham News
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"Henry Kimbrell was a member of the staff and he became my Mr. Music. That was just fabulous; who else had anyone as talented as Henry Kimbrell coming in for 30 minutes every day and playing for me? Henry was one of my favorite people. He would come in each morning while we were setting up and getting ready, and he would sit down at the piano and just play all these lovely things while I was setting up. Then, when I did the program of course, he would accompany me. Before that, I had only sung when I was teaching school with the first graders!"
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