Glenn Hughes

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Glenn Hughes
Glenn Hughes 2012.jpg
West Hollywood, CA on March 1, 2012
Background information
Born (1951-08-21) 21 August 1951 (age 68)
Cannock, Staffordshire, England
GenresHard rock, funk rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, pop rock, blues rock, soul, funk, blue-eyed soul
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
InstrumentsBass, double bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, trombone, trumpet
Years active1968–present
LabelsFrontiers, Pony Canyon, SPV GmbH, Yamaha Music, Zero Corporation
Associated actsFinders Keepers, Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Geoff Downes, Hughes Turner Project, Tony Iommi, Brazen Abbot, Michael Men Project, Black Country Communion
WebsiteOfficial website

Glenn Hughes (born 21 August 1951)[1] is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known for playing bass and performing vocals for funk rock pioneers Trapeze and the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple, as well as briefly fronting Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s. In addition to being an active session musician, Hughes also maintains a notable solo career, and currently fronts the supergroup Black Country Communion.


Hughes fronted Finders Keepers in the 1960s as bassist/vocalist, as well as the British funk rock band Trapeze.[2] Hughes was recruited to replace Roger Glover as bassist in Deep Purple in 1973, though he considered himself a vocalist as opposed to a bassist. When David Coverdale was later hired as Deep Purple's lead vocalist, the two would ultimately share lead vocal duties in the band until their breakup in 1976. Battling severe cocaine addiction,[3] Hughes embarked 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 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 1980s, Hughes' health problems due to over eating, drugs and alcohol began to seriously affect his musical projects, and this contributed to very short stints with Gary Moore and Tony Iommi, as Hughes was unable to tour with them properly due to his bad health. By the end of the decade, Hughes' realised his ongoing drug problem was derailing him, and by 1991 a clean, sober and fully rejuvenated Hughes returned with the vocal for the hit "America: What Time Is Love?" with KLF. He also recorded all the vocals for former Europe guitarist John Norum's solo album Face the Truth. He then re-embarked on a solo career that he has primarily focused on to date. In 1999, 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.

Released on edel records on 17 November 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 newest album, First Underground Nuclear Kitchen was released on 9 May 2008 in Europe and on 12 May in the rest of the world. In 2010, Hughes formed Black Country Communion with Jason Bonham (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). The band has released two albums as of spring 2011.

In July 2010 Hughes appeared as a guest vocalist (together with Masterplan singer Jørn Lande) fronting Heaven & Hell at the High Voltage Rock Festival in London as a tribute to the late Ronnie James Dio.

Hughes's autobiography was published in May 2011 by British art-book publishers Foruli. The book, titled 'Deep Purple And Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star', was co-written with author Joel McIver[4] and featured contributions by Tony Iommi, David Coverdale, Ozzy Osbourne and Tom Morello, as well as a foreword by Lars Ulrich of Metallica. An extended paperback edition, retitled 'Glenn Hughes: The Autobiography', was published in late 2011 by Jawbone Press.


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.


Glenn Hughes with the Black Country Communion at Azkena rock festival 2011, Spain.


Solo other

  • Glenn Hughes Alive Drive (USB) (2009)

With Finders Keepers

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

With Trapeze

With Deep Purple

With Hughes/Thrall

With Gary Moore

With Tony Iommi

Eighth Star - 1996 Unreleased album. Stolen and distributed illegally.

With Hughes Turner Project

With Black Country Communion

With others

Film & TV appearances

  • 1991 Deep Purple - Heavy Metal Pioneers (Warner, archive footage)
  • 1992 The Black Sabbath Story Vol. 2 (archive footage)
  • 1995 Rock Family Trees, ep. 'Deep Purple' (BBC, interviewee)
  • 2005 Heavy: The Story of Metal, ep. 'Looks That Kill' (VH1, interviewee)
  • 2008 Guitar Gods - Ritchie Blackmore (interviewee)
  • 2008 Deep Purple - In Their Own Words (interviewee)
  • 2009 A Shot of Whisky (History of The Whisky A Go Go club in LA) (TV, interviewee)
  • 2009 Spicks And Specks (Guest on music games show, 26 August)
  • 2011 That Metal Show (VH1, interviewee)

Music videos

  • 1982 I Got Your Number (with Pat Thrall)
  • 1982 The Look In Your Eyes (with Pat Thrall)
  • 1986 No Stranger To Love (with Black Sabbath)
  • 1992 America (What Time Is Love) (with KLF)
  • 1994 Pickin' Up The Pieces
  • 1994 Why Don't You Stay
  • 1995 Save Me Tonight
  • 2000 Days Of Avalon
  • 2005 Soul Mover
  • 2006 Black Light
  • 2006 The Divine
  • 2006 This House (dir. Jon Cohan)
  • 2007 Monkey Man (featuring Jimmy Barnes)
  • 2008 Love Communion
  • 2009 Gumball (with Monkey Business)
  • 2011 Man In The Middle (with Black Country Communion)


  1. ^ Hughes, Glenn (2011). Deep Purple & Beyond: Scenes From The Life Of A Rock Star. Foruli Publications. p. 3. ISBN 978-1-906002-92-3. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Allmusic bio.
  3. ^ Gettin’ Tighter: The Story Of Deep Purple Mark 4, documentary film.
  4. ^ "GLENN HUGHES: More Autobiography Details Revealed". Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  5. ^ ""Four On The Floor" profile". 17 September 1979. Retrieved 6 April 2011.

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