Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Going Retro Again

Today in Music History:

In 1963, drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
Vacation time is over. A new year and since it ends with a 7, homercat's first post in 2007 will go back to the 70's and conjure of some ghosts of some former pop teen idols. Apologies for being gone so long.
th Hudson brothersIn the mid ’70s, The Hudson Brothers were billed as pop music's answer to the Marx Brothers. With moderate record sales and their own Saturday morning variety series, Portland, Oregon's, The Hudson Brothers became cover boys for both "16" and "Tiger Beat."

In 1973 their manager introduced them to Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist. Bernie and Elton both were wowed by the brothers and the Hudsons were signed to Elton's label Rocket Records. Just before leaving for Europe to record their second album Totally Out of Control, which Taupin would produce, the Hudsons met television producer Chris Bearde at a party. They did some routines from their act for him and he loved it. The brothers arrived home from Europe eight months later to discover that Bearde and his partner Allan Blye wanted them for something new and different for television. After auditioning, they got a deal for a summer replacement show for "Sonny and Cher." The "Hudson Brothers Show" aired on CBS from July 31 through August 28, 1974. The following fall, their show moved to Saturday mornings where they performed their pop tunes and comedy skits aimed at pre-teens. (Remember Rod Hull and his scary Emu?)

Although their music was solid, well-crafted power pop music, the Hudsons connection to the teen world basically squashed their career as serious musicians. They did have some chart succes with the singles "Rendezvous" and "So You Are A Star" (written by Mark for Bill Hudson's then wife, Goldie Hawn), they were virtualy boycotted by FM radio.

Although they were older and noticeably hairier than most of their contemporary idols, The Hudson Brothers were very popular with readers of the teen publications, and remained popular well past the Bicentennial.

Brett, Bill and Mark Hudson have all appeared as backing vocalists on many LPs both credited and uncredited.

Bill Hudson is divorced from Cindy Williams (of "Laverne & Shirley"), but together, they owned a production company and were responsible for producing both of the "Father of the Bride" movies. They also appeared together in an infomercial for healthy dog chow in the late '90s. Oh yeah, almost forgot, Bill is Kate Hudson's daddy.

Mark Hudson is a noted sonwriter producer and musician. He wrote "Living on the Edge" for Aerosmith, and songs for Hanson on their "Middle of the Road" CD. He also has toured with Ringo Star and his All Star Band in 2005.

Heartthrob of the group, Brett Hudson has a little less hair than he did in the '70s, but is still reported to be charming as ever. He is currently working in television production, and has several projects in development.

Being teen idols doesn't negate the fact that they wrote some pretty darn good pop tunes through the 70's and homercat owned two pieces of Hudson vinyl. For those who don't have a clue who these guys were or maybe for those of you who have had their memory jogged at the mention of Hudson, have a gander at these tunes.

Rendezvous by The Hudson Brothers
With Somebody Else by The Hudson Brothers
Buy It

I am disppointed that these guys did not get more respect as recording artists. They are very enjoyable to listen to as they have a great catchy pop sound. Most songs on
this compilation disc are really good, yet is out of print and expect ot pay upwards of 50 bucks if you can find it. Personally I would like to have each individual album on CD.

Funny Toon