"Al Downing" (born in Oklahoma on January 9, 1940 - died in Massachusetts on July 4, 2005), later known as "Big Al Downing" was an entertainer, singer, songwriter, pianist. A recipient of Billboard's New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year Awards in 1979, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, was frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry, nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and has appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand televisions programs.
Big Al's was a back-up singer for Country entertainer Wanda Jackson, made a hit on one of Jackson’s biggest recordings, Let’s Have A Party, released in 1960, it was an enormous hit in Japan and Europe, reaching No. 32 in the UK and Top 40 on the U.S. Pop chart.
Fats Domino recorded two songs Downing wrote, "Mary, Oh Mary" and "Heartbreak Hill".
He reached Top 80 Pop hit, ''You’ll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry)'', a duet with Little Esther Phillips.