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Spike Hughes


b. Patrick Cairns Hughes, 19 Oct 1908, London, Britain, d. 2 Feb 1987, London, Britain. In the first and middle-30s bass participant Hughes was energetic in UK dance music group and light music circles, playing and composing in an array of musical designs. A few of his compositions attemptedto mix jazz with traditional music – for instance, his ‘A Harlem Symphony’ and ‘Great Yellowish’, a jazz ballet. After producing some jazz-orientated information in the united kingdom, Hughes visited NY where he led a documenting session using a music group arranged for him by Benny Carter, playing many of his very own compositions and agreements. These records, which excellent musicians such as for example Coleman Hawkins, Henry ‘Crimson’ Allen, Chu Berry, Dicky Wells and ‘Big’ Sid Catlett made an appearance, demonstrated that Hughes acquired fully assimilated that which was still, for most Europeans, an alien musical idea. These 1933 recordings became, and stay, classics of big music group music. As though aware that he previously achieved a maximum he could under no circumstances surpass, Hughes performed little following this, focusing rather on journalism. He was for quite some time ‘Mike’ of Melody Manufacturer and also had written extensively on traditional music in addition to publishing two quantities of autobiography.

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Full Name Spike Hughes
Died February 2, 1987, Ringmer, United Kingdom
Profession Film Score Composer, Bandleader
Nationality British
Parents Herbert Hughes
Music Songs Donegal Cradle Song, How Come You Do Me Like You Do?, Air In D-Flat, Music At Sunrise, Sweet Sorrow Blues, Music At Midnight, Arabesque, Bugle Call Rag, Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn, Sweet sue just you, Love You're Not The One For Me, Six Bells Stampede, Lonesome Nights, Devil's Holiday, Nocturne, Crazy Feet, Blue Lou, Synthetic Love, Symphony In Buffs, It's Unanimous Now, Crying For The Carolines, I Like To Do Things For You, Everything Is Peaches Down In Georgia, Zonky, Cinderella Brown, Limehouse Blues, Poor Butterfly, The Sheik Of Araby, Without A Song, Harlem Madness, Swing It, Kalua
Albums The Sheik of Araby (1930), Without A Song, Some of These Days (1931), Poor Butterfly, Volume 4, Body And Soul, Crazy Feet (1929), Happy Feet (1930), Spike Hughes, Vol. 3, St. James Infirmary (JazzSellers), Volume 1, Spike Hughes And His All American Orchestra, Jazz Figures / Benny Carter, Volume 1 (1929-1933)
Movies Fiddlers Three

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1 Son of Herbert Hughes.
2 His wife, Barbara McFadyean (born 22nd September 1917 in London), was a radio announcer and interviewer and commentated on Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation.
3 Also a scriptwriter on radio of plays, features and opera, as well as a DJ and broadcaster since 1930, and a writer of TV ballet.

Music Department

Music Department

Lancashire Coast 1957 Documentary short conductor
Capital Visit 1955 Short conductor
Frankie and Johnny 1953 TV Movie composer: songs
Frankie and Johnny 1950 TV Movie composer: songs
While Nero Fiddled 1944 composer: incidental music



Ivor Novello 1956 TV Movie writer
Frankie and Johnny 1953 TV Movie script
Anything But Love 1951 TV Short writer
Frankie and Johnny 1950 TV Movie



Lancashire Coast 1957 Documentary short
Capital Visit 1955 Short
A Yank Comes Back 1949 Documentary short



Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail 1981 TV Movie subtitles
The Marriage of Figaro 1974 TV Movie subtitles
Play for Today 1973 TV Series production team - 1 episode

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