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Friday, April 29, 2011

FRED HUGHES - DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO US


Fred Hughes truly went out in style with his final three 45 releases ("Baby Boy", a great remake of his '65 hit "Oo We Baby I Love You" and today's entry- his final single).

Fred's story is eerily similar to so many of our soul hero's- he began singing doo wop as a young man, and as musical tastes changed in the early sixties Fred was right there, cultivating a journeyman's voice that is the epitome of the soul sounds. Interestingly enough, Fred was born in Arkansas, moved to Compton, CA as a kid but recorded for two Chicago powerhouse labels (Vee Jay and Brunswick).

This track, recorded in Chicago with the legendary Carl Davis behind the board, is pure class. Fred delivers a jaw dropping performance over a hyper exciting track.

Where is Fred Hughes today?

from 1971...

FRED HUGHES - DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO US

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great singer. According to Wikipedia he's alive and living in Compton. W.

Desmond said...

I read in the feedback of another blog, a member of his family described how he is these days, apparently he lost faith with the music industry and you could understand why when you are actually a first class artist turning out timeless classics. But they also said he was okay with it. Sorry but I can't locate the blog.

warren.shrimpton said...

Great tune , thanks for posting :o)

Albion said...

Heart ponding foot sliding masterpiece, Thanks

Out In The Street said...

Baby Boy & I Understand (b-side of that Oo We Baby) are songs that get a good amount of play up here in Ottawa at my DJ gigs.

I haven't heard this one before.

Michelle said...

What a barn burner!! I wish you would do a dance party in Montreal sometime. Sigh.

Derek See said...

I would love to do DJ in Montreal, Michelle.