Glenn Hughes / Pat Thrall

Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


21 August 1952, Cannock, Staffordshire, England. Hughes left school at the age of 15 to follow his dream of becoming a musician. He began playing lead guitar with the News in 1967, where he also sang, emulating his heroes Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Later he switched to bass guitar, inspired by James Jamerson from the Tamla/ Motown Records ‘house band’. These influences, married to a love of rock ‘n’ roll, led him to form Trapeze in 1968 with Dave Holland (drums) and Mel Galley (guitar). Trapeze signed to the Moody Blues’ record label, Threshold Records, and released three albums up to 1973, when Hughes was offered a job with a new Birmingham band, Electric Light Orchestra. However, he declined and in June joined Deep Purple instead. It was with this band that Hughes made his mark in the UK with his superb singing on Burn, where he joined with, and some believe outclassed, their new vocalist David Coverdale. Hughes’ influence over...

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