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LEON HUGHES, SR. AND HIS COASTERS
June 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
About Leon Hughes, Sr.
Born Leon Hughes, May 6, 1930 in Los Angeles County, CA.
Started acting with his parents as a child and toured with early lineups of the Hollywood Flames (with which he also recently acted in a 1998 revival show). He was an original member of the Lamplighters during 1952-53 (together with Mathew Nelson and Willie Ray Rockwell). Hughes left the Lamplighters before they recorded with new lead Al Frazier. Leon was recommended by Bobby Nunn (who knew him from Watts, L.A.) for The Coasters´ original line-up. Around this time (or possibly in early 1957) Leon recorded with The Celebritys (which included his brother Elder O’Neal) on Caroline and also recorded on his own label Leoneal Records with The Signeals (a group including both his brother and his sister Shirley Hughes). Leon stayed in California when the Coasters moved to New York (recorded the two Flip singles as The Dukes with Bobby Nunn in 1959) and later launched a non-original, occasionally acting, Coasters group. originally featuring Young Jessie (one record on Chelan was issued as The Coasters Two Plus Two featuring him and Nunn in 1975 – and two other singles were issued as The World Famous Coasters). Hughes’ group didn´t reach the same status as Nunn´s and other Coasters´ off-shoot groups and was later called “Leon Hughes Sr and the Fabulous Coasters” (often also named “Leon Hughes and his Original Coasters” or “Leon Hughes – the Original & His Coasters” and nowadays “Leon Hughes – one of the first original Coasters”). Hughes´ Coasters also recorded a video (Hughes at YouTube) | Leon Hughes Coasters