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The Hues Corporation are an American Pop/Soul trio from Santa Monica, CA. They are remembered for their 1974 single “Rock The Boat”, which sold over 2 million copies. Before achieving mainstream success, they opened for Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Nancy Sinatra and Glenn Campbell. The group’s original lineup consisted of three singers and three sidemen. The sidemen were Joey Rivera, Monit Lawston and Bob “Bullet” Bailey. Lawston left the band to form Goodstuff. The group’s name was a pun  on the Howard Hughes Corporation, with “hue” being a nod to the group’s African heritage. The band’s lineup at the time of their first album consisted of St. Clair Lee, Fleming Williams and Hubert Ann Kelly. The original choice for their  name was the Children of Howard Hughes, which their record label turned down. The group was formed in 1969 by songwriter Wally Holmes and St. Clair Lee. Singer Hubert Ann Kelly was discovered at a talent show in Los Angeles. They recorded the single “Goodfootin/We’re Keepin Our Business” for the Liberty label in 1970. It made no impact on the charts. With Karl Russell, the group’s break came in 1972 when they appeared in the blaxploitation film “Blacula.” They were also asked to record the songs “There  He Is Again”, “What The World Knows” and “I’m Gonna Catch You” for the film’s soundtrack. Shortly thereafter, Karl Russell was replaced by Fleming Williams and the group signed with RCA Records. Their second single for the label, “Freedom For The Stallion”, taken from the album of the same name, was a moderate hit. The album’s third single, “Rock The Boat”, reached #1 on the Billboard chart, and became the group’s signature song. The Hues Corporation charted with the singles “Rockin Soul”, “Love Corporation” and “I Caught Your Act”, but couldn’t duplicate the success of their earlier  hits and disbanded in 1980. They released the albums “Freedom For The Stallion” (1973), “Rockin Soul” (1974), “Love Corporation” (1975), “I Caught Your Act” (1977), “Your Place Or Mine” (1978), “Boogie Me, Move Me” (1980).

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