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Glenn Hughes (born 21 August 1952) is a legendary English rock bassist and vocalist, best-known for playing bass and performing vocals for the Mk. III and IV line-ups of Deep Purple, as well as briefly fronting Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s. Hughes also maintains a notable solo career, and currently fronts the supergroup Black Country Communion. glen hughes


Hughes fronted Finders Keepers in the 1960s as bassist/vocalist, as well as the British funk rock band Trapeze. Hughes then went on to serve as bassist/vocalist for Deep Purple between 1973 and 1976, embarking 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 the 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 new album, First Underground Nuclear Kitchen was released on 9 May 2008 in Europe and on 12 May in the rest of the world.

He announced on tour that he is currently writing his autobiography with author Joel McIver. The book will be published in 2011 and features contributions by Tony Iommi, David Coverdale, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello and a foreword by Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

It was announced by UK radio station, Planet Rock, on 14 January 2010, that Hughes was forming a new band called Black Country with Jason Bonham (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). An album is planned for release later in the year, however they have been forced to change the name to Black Country Communion after another band with the same name raised an objection.

In July 2010 he 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.


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.

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