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Glenn Hughes

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Vocalist/bass guitarist/songwriter Glenn Hughes is a true original. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card. He’s known as a singer’s singer: in fact, Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer.

Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.

The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze, while in 1973 he joined one of the most popular bands in the world, Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale. Any skepticism was squelched with the 1974 release of Burn. This stunning album rejuvenated the band and stands tall among Deep Purple classics.

In the halcyon days, Purple headlined at the famous California Jam in 1974 in front of quarter of a million people. World tours via Purple’s own jet plane, ‘The Starship’ and two more studio albums later, (the Hughes influenced Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band), Deep Purple finally split in 1976.

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  • Lemuria777

    Rocks!

    10 Mar 6:18am Reply
  • pepesenin

    One of the best bassist ine the world

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Helvetegyt

    Deep Purple Mark III and IV.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BlackMetallizer

    Black Country Communion

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Whiplashock

    "Addiction" is great album!

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • Rhoda_Derry

    I love you Glenn :*

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • tallpaul1

    BCC - what a sad state of affaires !!

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    So Much Love To Give

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • x_suicidal_x

    "Seventh Star" - is great!!

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Bastard_Nation

    the voice of rock

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sharp-clawed

    We're in wait. Gonna have a good time in March >=)

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Assedor

    His music is sharpened to perfection, there is no place banality, multiplied by attempts to copy the pathos of other artists.

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • m-saIami

    Burning Japan live album is awesome... soulful

    21 Oct 2011 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Just listening for the first time to "First Underground Nuclear Kitchen" (with a title like that, it can't be anything else than Funk) and I am loving it. I love old school Hard Rock and Metal, but Glenn's voice shines at it's best with Soul and Funk. Fine stuff...

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
  • LiaHughes

    I love Glenn Hughes!!!!!!!

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Piske81

    Who loves Soul Mover should check Addiction too!

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DrFeelgood94

    Happy Birthday Glenn

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fmaratz

    "Music for the Divine" is a wonderful album. You may eventually want to check out "Soul Mover", "Feel", "Songs in the Key of Rock" and "First Underground Nuclear Kitchen" as well, for they are equally good. Glenn is an incredibly gifted singer and a very good songwriter as well.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • WatsonPepeLives

    THE VOICE OF ROCK

    30 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Scotty5150

    I've got a kick-ass album from the "Hughes/Thrall Band" which is great! I doubt a lot of people have heard that one.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
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