They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To: From An Artist Who Never Really Went Away

Connecticut-born and bred pop/soul singer Grayson Hugh had nine years of hard work pay off in the tail end of the 1980s when the song represented in this video peaked at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Hugh released his first record, a self-titled effort, in 1980. That’s not bad, considering he was 20 years old at the time.

Things began to fall apart for Hugh in the early 1990s, through no fault of his own. Record company politics left him with no contract, but he kept himself busy and it paid off with the 2010 release, ‘An American Record’. It is available at his shows now, which he performs with his wife and backup singer Polly Messer. In fact, his next gig is in Southington, CT on Fri. 9/20 at an intimate barbecue bar known for its live shows.

Hugh was able to score a hit when there was a lot more diversity on the charts. Last decade, Ricky Fante struggled to make a dent in the industry performing a similar style. Check out his older work and if you can, see Grayson Hugh live. You are not likely to hear him on the radio anytime soon and that is a shame.

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