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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Pookie Hudson

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Vocalist Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson was born on June 11, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa. His family moved to Gary, Indiana shortly after his birth. In 1948, while in junior high school, he formed his first Doo-Wop singing group, The Four Bees. In 1953, The Spaniels were created, including Hudson as their lead singer. The first tenor was Ernest Warren, the second tenor Willie C. Jackson, baritone Opal Courtney, Jr., and bass was Gerald Gregory. Upon graduating from high school in 1953, the group recorded its first single Baby Its You. In 1954, The Spaniels reached the height of their Doo-Wop success when their multi-million-dollar single Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight, written by Hudson, hit number twenty-four on Billboard's Top 40 and rose to number five on the R & B chart. Hudson continued to perform with The Spaniels. He resided in Washington, D.C. and passed away on January 16, 2007 at age 72.
Performers
Racine Tucker Hamilton, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
121 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Pookie Hudson
Pookie Hudson
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Capitol Heights, Maryland 2004 March 2.
Description
1 online resource (4 video files (2 hr., 43 sec.)) : sound, color
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