The Hues Corporation Biography

Formed in 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Their name was taken as a pun on the Howard Hughes billion-dollar corporation. They had been performing for five years when their biggest hit, ‘Rock The Boat’, arrived. The vocal trio consisted of Hubert Ann Kelly (24 April 1947, Fairchild, Alabama, USA; soprano), St. Clair Lee (b. Bernard St. Clair Lee Calhoun Henderson, 24 April 1944, San Francisco, California, USA; baritone) and Fleming Williams (b. Flint, Michigan, USA; tenor). Their first record, ‘Goodfootin’’, was recorded for Liberty Records in 1970 but failed to hit. They signed with RCA Records in 1973 and made the charts with a song called ‘Freedom For The Stallion’. ‘Rock The Boat’, originally a forgotten album track, was released in 1974 as the next single and reached number 1 in the US pop charts and number 6 in the UK, becoming one of the first significant disco hits. Tommy Brown (b. Birmingham, Alabama, USA) replaced Williams after the single hit and their only other chart success came later that same year with ‘Rockin’ Soul’, which peaked at number 18 in the US chart and reached the Top 30 in the UK. The group continued to record into the late 70s, but they were unable to repeat their earlier success. However, in 1983 ‘Rock The Boat’ made another chart appearance when Forrest took the single to the UK Top 5 position.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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