James “Pookie” Hudson 1934-2007

06 Mar

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“Pookie” Hudson of the Spaniels 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.

I had a DJ service for almost 15 years and ALWAYS closed the evening with the great Spaniels classic – hear more of Pookie Hudson at TUNEDEX MEMORIES!

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Posted by on March 6, 2007 in Rest In Peace


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One response to “James “Pookie” Hudson 1934-2007

  1. harlan armstrong

    May 11, 2007 at 6:15 am

    just like the platters the spaniels were one of my all time favorites
    vocal harmony doo-wop groups of the 1950s. Just like zola taylor of the platters. I had the pleasure of meeting pookie hudson and the spaniels in and the bass singer gerald gregory were back stage hitting some notes together. at a doo-wop conccert. it was a thrill for me has well as the group. pookie u will be miss to friend GOOD NIGHT SWEET HEART GOOD NIGHT.


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