Born: January 9, 1940
Died: July 4, 2005 from acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Known as well as Big Al Downing
Brother of Don Downing.
He started his career from Bobby Poe's The Poe Kats in the late 50's.
After his hit with his duet with Little Esther, "You’ll Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry)" he was singed to Warner Bros.
Although he had a disco hit with "I'll Be Holdin' On" (1974), he had a series of country music hits between 1978 and 1989.
He built a five-decade career around his powerful singing voice and his hard-driving rockabilly-style piano.