Pookie Hudson, lead singer and songwriter for the doo-wop group the Spaniels, who lent his romantic tenor to hits like “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” and influenced generations of later artists, died January 16th at his home in Capitol Heights, Maryland. He was 72. The cause was complications of cancer of the thymus, his publicist, Bill Carpenter, said. Mr. Hudson continued performing into last fall, when he learned that his cancer had returned after a remission. Mr. Hudson’s longtime manager, Wellington Robinson, said he wrote “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” for a young woman he was dating at the time. That signature Spaniels song was a Top 5 R&B hit in 1954. Mr. Hudson was born Thornton James Hudson on June 11, 1934, in Des Moines. The Spaniels first came together at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind., where Mr. Hudson grew up and began singing in church choirs.He is survived by his wife, Delores, nine children and 16 grandchildren.
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