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Glenn Hughes

Background information
Born 21 August 1952 (1952-08-21) (age 57)
Cannock, Staffordshire, England
Genres Hard rock, funk rock, blues-rock, soul, funk, heavy metal
Occupations Musician, singer–songwriter, producer
Instruments Bass, vocals, guitar, piano, trombone
Years active 1968 – Present
Labels Frontiers, Pony Canyon, SPV GmbH, Yamaha Music, Zero Corporation
Associated acts Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Hughes Turner Project, Brazen Abbot, Michael Men Project, Black Country

Glenn Hughes (born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England on 21 August 1952) is a bassist and vocalist well-known as the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath during the mid 1980s, as well as playing bass and performing vocals for the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple, as well as being a notable solo artist in his own right.



Hughes fronted Finders Keepers in the 1960s as bassist/vocalist, as well as the British funk rock band Trapeze. Hughes then went on to serve as bassist/vocalist for Deep Purple between 1973 and 1976, embarking on a solo career following his departure from the group. In 1982, he joined with ex-Pat Travers guitarist Pat Thrall to form Hughes/Thrall, they released one self-titled album which went virtually unnoticed at the time but is now often cited by many fans/musicians to be the their favourite Glenn Hughes album. In the mid-1980s, Hughes recorded several different albums with bands and artists including Phenomena ("Phenomena" Phenomena II: Dream Runner"), Gary Moore ("Run For Cover"), and Black Sabbath ("Seventh Star", though this was to have been a solo album by Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, and only came out as a Sabbath album due to record label pressure). Beginning in the mid 80's, Glenn's health problems due to over eating/drugs/alcohol began to seriously affect his musical projects, and this contributed to very short stints with Gary Moore and Tony Iommi, as Glenn was unable to tour with them properly due to his bad health. By the end of the 1980s, Hughes' ongoing drug problem was derailing him, and it wasn't until 1991 that a clean, sober and fully rejuvenated Glenn Hughes returned with the hit "America: What Time Is Love?" with the KLF. He also recorded a melodic rock album ("Face The Truth") with Europe guitarist, John Norum, prior to re-embarking on an international solo career that he's primarily focused on to this day. In 1999, Glenn Hughes did a short tribute tour to Tommy Bolin in Texas, with Tommy's brother Johnny (of Black Oak Arkansas) on drums.

In 2005 Hughes released "Soul Mover" supporting it with a European tour. He also collaborated with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi on the 2005 album Fused. Hughes then released Music for the Divine in 2006, which featured Red Hot Chili Peppers members Chad Smith and John Frusciante. Hughes toured in support of the album throughout Europe in autumn 2006.

About to be released on edel records on November 17th 2007 is "Live in Australia", an acoustic CD and companion DVD of a performance at Sydney's famous "Basement" club. The show features songs from most recent Hughes albums, Purple classics and rare gems and covers.

His new album, First Underground Nuclear Kitchen was released on May 9 2008 in Europe and on May 12th in the Rest of the world.

He announced on tour that he is currently writing his autobiography with author Joel McIver.

It was announced by UK radio station, Planet Rock, on Thursday 14th January 2010, that Glenn Hughes was forming a new band with Jason Bonham drums, Joe Bonamassa guitar and Derek Sherinian keyboards, to be known as Black Country. An album is planned for release later in the year.


He stated that he grew up listening to many Motown bass players and he was a funky kind of bassist. He has cited acts like Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder as influences.



Solo other

  • [13] Glenn Hughes Alive Drive (USB) (2009)

With Finders Keepers

  • Sadie, the Cleaning Lady (1968) (single)

With Trapeze

With Deep Purple

With Tony Iommi

With others

  • Roger Glover and Guests - The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1974)
  • Jon Lord - Windows (1974)
  • Tommy Bolin - Teaser (1975)
  • Various Artists - The Wizard's Convention (1976)
  • Pat Travers - Makin' Magic (1977)
  • 4 On The Floor - same (1979)[1]
  • Climax Blues Band - Lucky for Some (1981)
  • Hughes/Thrall - Hughes/Thrall (1982)
  • Night Ranger - Midnight Madness (1983)
  • Heaven - Where Angels Fear to Tread (1983)
  • Phenomena - same (1985)
  • Gary Moore - Run for Cover (1985)
  • Various Artists - Dragnet (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1987)
  • Phenomena II - Dream Runner (1987)
  • Whitesnake - Slip of the Tongue (1989)
  • XYZ - same (1989)
  • Notorious - same (1990)
  • Various Artists - Music from and Inspired by the Film Highlander II: The Quickening (1990)
  • L.A. Blues Authority - same (1991)
  • The KLF - America: What Time Is Love? (single) (1992)
  • Lynch Mob - same (1992)
  • John Norum - Face the Truth (1992)
  • Geoff Downes/The New Dance Orchestra - Vox Humana (European version) (1993)
  • Sister Whiskey - Liquor and Poker (1993)
  • Marc Bonilla - American Matador (1993)
  • George Lynch - Sacred Groove (1993)
  • Stevie Salas - Stevie Salas Presents: The Electric Pow Wow (1993)
  • Mötley Crüe - Mötley Crüe (1994)
  • Manfred Ehlert's Amen - same (1994)
  • Various Artists - Smoke on the Water: A Tribute (1994)
  • L.A. Blues Authority Volume V - Cream of the Crop: A Tribute (1994)
  • Hank Davison & Friends - Real Live (1995)
  • Brazen Abbot - Live and Learn (1995)
  • Wet Paint - Shhh..! (1995)
  • Richie Kotzen - Wave of Emotion (1996)
  • Liesegang - No Strings Attached (1996)
  • Asia - Archiva Vol. 1 (1996)
  • Various Artists - To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (1996)
  • Various Artists - Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen (1996)
  • Amen - Aguilar (1996)
  • Glenn Hughes/Geoff Downes - The Work Tapes (1998)
  • Glenn Hughes, Johnnie Bolin & Friends - Tommy Bolin: 1997 Tribute (1998)
  • Stuart Smith - Heaven and Earth (1998)
  • Various Artists - Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper (1999)
  • Various Artists - Encores, Legends & Paradox: A Tribute to the Music of ELP (1999)
  • The Bobaloos - The Bobaloos (1999)
  • Niacin - Deep (1999)
  • Erik Norlander - Into the Sunset (2000)
  • Tidewater Grain - Here on the Outside (2000)
  • Voodoo Hill - same (2000)
  • Craig Erickson Project - Shine (2000)
  • Nikolo Kotzev - Nostradamus (2001)
  • Max Magagni - Twister (2001)
  • Various Artists - Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute (2001)
  • Various Artists - Another Hair of the Dog - A Tribute to Nazareth (2001)
  • Various Artists - Let the Tribute Do the Talking - A Tribute to Aerosmith (2001)
  • Ape Quartet - Please Where Do We Live? (2001)
  • Voices of Classic Rock - Voices for America (2001)
  • Ellis - Ellis Three (E-III) (2001)
  • Hughes Turner Project - HTP (2002)
  • Hughes Turner Project - Live in Tokyo (2002)
  • The Alchemist - Songs from the Westside (2002)
  • An All Star Lineup Performing the Songs of Pink Floyd - same (2002)
  • Ryo Okumoto - Coming Through (2002)
  • Jeff Scott Soto - Prism (2002)
  • Various Artists - Influences & Connections, Volume 1, Mr.Big (2003)
  • Hughes Turner Project - HTP 2 (2003)
  • Chris Catena - Freak Out! (2003)
  • Rata Blanca/Glenn Hughes Vivo (2003)
  • Aina - Days of Rising Doom (2003)
  • Voodoo Hill - Wild Seed of Mother Earth (2004)
  • Monkey Business - Kiss Me On My Ego (2005)
  • Michael Men Project - Made in Moscow (2005)
  • Phenomena - Psychofantasy (2006)
  • Moonstone Project - Time to Take a Stand (2006)
  • The Lizards - Against All Odds (2006)
  • Quiet Riot - Rehab (2006)
  • Hughes/Thrall - Hughes/Thrall (remastered) (2007)
  • Ken Hensley - Blood on the Highway (2007)
  • Robin George/Glenn Hughes - Sweet Revenge (2008)
  • Keith Emerson/Glenn Hughes/Marc Bonilla - Boys Club - Live From California (2008)
  • Monkey Business - Twilight Of Jesters? (2009)
  • Abbey Road - A Tribute To The Beatles (2009)
  • Moonstone Project - Rebel On The Run (2009)
  • Various Artists - An All-Star Salute To Christmas (2009)

Film & TV appearances

1995 Rock Family Trees - Deep Purple (TV, interviewee)
2005 Heavy: The Story of Metal (TV, interviewee)
2008 Guitar Gods - Ritchie Blackmore (DVD, interviewee)
2009 A Shot of Whisky (History of The Whisky A Go Go club in LA) (TV, interviewee)
2009 August 26th "Spicks And Specks" (Guest on music games show)


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