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Each month we cel­e­brate the great – and rather less great! – work of an ac­claimed bass player. This month: Glenn Hughes

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Let’s cel­e­brate the great and less-great record­ings of a given bass star. This month, it’s the mighty Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes, born in Can­nock on Au­gust 21st, 1951, has brought not only the bot­tom-end but the vo­cal frills to top-notch groups from Deep Pur­ple to Black Sab­bath. His mu­si­cal ad­ven­tures be­gan in the 60s as singer and bassist for the proto-funkers Trapeze, and con­tin­ued when he joined Pur­ple’s Mark III in­car­na­tion in 1973. When that ver­sion of the band im­ploded three years later, Hughes re­leased solo al­bums and col­lab­o­ra­tions with var­i­ous artists, but prob­lems with ad­dic­tion stymied his progress in the 80s. Thank­fully, he re­cov­ered and has put out sev­eral solo LPs since then. Over the years, Hughes has worked with huge names from the KLF to Tony Iommi to John Fr­us­ciante, and in 2009 he formed the su­per­group Black Coun­try Com­mu­nion with Ja­son Bon­ham, Joe Bona­massa and key­boardist Derek Sherinian. One of rock’n’roll’s great sur­vivors, the 2010s alone saw numer­ous projects and guest ap­pear­ances. Strap a bass round his neck and he’s happy; put a mic in front of him too and he’s a rock god.

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