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Richard Hudson
Birth nameRichard William Stafford Hudson
Born (1948-05-09) 9 May 1948 (age 73)
OriginTottenham, London, England
GenresProgressive rock, punk rock, psychedelic
Occupation(s)singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsDrums, guitar, percussion, sitar
Years active1960s – present
LabelsA&M
Associated actsStrawbs, Hudson Ford, The Monks, Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, High Society

Richard William Stafford Hudson (born 9 May 1948) is an English singer-songwriter and musician who played drums and sitar for The Strawbs. Then he would join forces with the bass player John Ford to form a duo, Hudson and Ford, with who he played guitar and sang.

Career

Richard Hudson was a member of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera,[1] in which he played drums and sitar and sang. In 1970, he and band-mate John Ford joined Strawbs. Hudson and Ford began to co-write material which appeared to be aiming in a slightly different direction to the compositions of Strawbs' main writer, Dave Cousins. In 1973 after a 52-date tour to promote the album Bursting at the Seams, there were acrimonious exchanges (which both parties now regret). Hudson and Ford left to form Hudson Ford. Hudson at this point switched from playing drums to guitar and sang more lead vocals.

The punk era sounded the death knell of many progressive rock acts, including Hudson Ford. Hudson, Ford and Terry Cassidy founded the mock punk group The Monks and, more strangely, High Society, which performed a pastiche of 1930s music.

Hudson rejoined Strawbs for their 1987 album Don't Say Goodbye and stayed on for 1991's Ringing Down the Years on which he co-wrote two tracks with bass player Rod Demick and guitarist Brian Willoughby.

In recent years he has played live gigs with Strawbs and continues to play with The Good Old Boys, alongside original Deep Purple bassist Nick Simper. In July 2009, The Good Old Boys released the CD Live at the Deep Purple Convention.

Discography

This is a list of recordings on which Hudson appears as a full-time band member.

Albums

Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

Strawbs

Hudson Ford

The Monks

High Society

The Good Old Boys

Singles

Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

Strawbs

Hudson Ford

The G.B.'s

The Monks

High Society

Hud

References

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1 December 1992). The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music. Guinness Publishing. p. 2585. ISBN 978-1-882267-04-0. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Medicine Head – One and one is one 1973". YouTube. Retrieved 25 August 2014.[dead YouTube link]