November 9, 2009


(Fred Hughes - as real as it gets)

I don't know what became of Fred Hughes. He had a major hit on the R&B charts with this track, Oo Wee Baby, I Love You, which he recorded for Vee-Jay in 1965. Shortly after that, he went over to Checker and later Brunswick and had a string of singles which didn't do as well as expected. And by the 1970s he more or less dropped out of the picture.

Unfortunately, it's a story that happens way too often, and some with tragic results.

Regardless of his whereabouts now, what he did do is record one of the classics of the Soul idiom, one which has endured well over these 40+ years. A song which no one has duplicated, despite a few attempts.

Not bad.

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