Jimmy Hughes

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul
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Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1938, Leighton, Alabama, USA, d. 4 January 1997. This former member of the Singing Clouds abandoned the gospel field following the success of Arthur Alexander and recorded a handful of secular songs. When his producer, Rick Hall, was unable to secure an outlet for one such master, ‘Steal Away’, he issued it himself, inaugurating the Fame label. The prototype country soul ballad, it became a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1964. Hughes enjoyed even greater success with ‘Neighbor Neighbor’ (1966) and ‘Why Not Tonight?’ (1967), but was unable to sustain the momentum. Two 1968 singles on Atlantic Records and Stax Records, ‘It Ain’t What You Got’ and ‘I Like Everything About You’, achieved only minor placings. He later retired from music altogether, dying of cancer in January 1997. Why Not Tonight is an excellent representation of his later Fame recordings, while Soul Neighbors, shared with Joe Simon, offers some of his...

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