Hymn No.5 (The Mighty Hannibal)

9 NOVEMBER 1966


The Mighty Hannibal's controversial single ‘Hymn No.5’ reached #21 on the US R&B charts during this month, and #115 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Unfortunately the modest commercial success of this song about soldiers returning from the Vietnam War addicted to opium only fuelled Hannibal's (real name James Timothy Shaw) own heroin addiction problem, and he then spent 18 months in prison for failing to pay a tax bill.

His only other charting record was 'The Truth Shall Make You Free', which reached #7 on the US R&B chart in 1973. Shaw died in January 2014.

Hymn No.5 (The Mighty Hannibal)

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