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Spike Hughes


Spike Hughes, like a bassist (one of the better in the first ’30s), arranger, and bandleader, produced a significant (if little-known) contribution to jazz. He organized for English dance bands from the past due ’20s, before you begin an excellent group of jazz information in 1930 along with his Decca-Dents and Three Blind Mice. Among his sidemen had been a few of England’s best jazz musicians, a lot of whom seldom had such an excellent chance to move away from playing industrial music; one program discovered Hughes and his tempo section support Jimmy Dorsey. In 1933, Hughes found NY and documented with an all-star group whose nucleus was the Benny Carter Orchestra. These recordings highlighted such greats as Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Chu Berry, Crimson Allen, Dickie Wells, flutist Wayman Carver, and Sid Catlett playing Hughes’ multi-colored agreements. A multi-talented specific, Spike Hughes however chose to keep jazz entirely, in 1934, to focus on traditional music and being truly a journalist.

Quick Facts

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, Music At Midnight, Air In D-Flat, Sweet Sorrow Blues, Music At Sunrise, Arabesque, Bugle Call Rag, How Come You Do Me Like You Do?, Sweet sue just you, Love You're Not The One For Me, Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn, Blue Lou, Six Bells Stampede, The Sheik Of Araby, Devil's Holiday, I Like To Do Things For You, Zonky, Synthetic Love, Crazy Feet, Everybody Loves My Baby, Without A Song, Funny Dear, What Love Can Do, Pick And Slap, Lonesome Nights, The Way I Feel Today, Bessie Couldn't Help It, Crying For The Carolines, What Wouldn't I Do For That Man!, Some Of These Days, Get Happy, That's Where The South Begins, Misty Mornin' Pt. 1
Albums The Sheik of Araby (1930), Spike Hughes, Vol. 3, Without A Song, Some of These Days (1931), Poor Butterfly, Volume 4, Body And Soul, Crazy Feet (1929), Happy Feet (1930), 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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