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Mo Music Monday: Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye ... Gene Hughes

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Mornin' Ginchers,

Today is Mo Music Monday and a trip down memory lane ... who doesn't remember dancing to the classic ballad "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye?"  What do you think of when you here that record?  The Casinos?  The High School Dance?"  "Maybe being with your main squeeze in your old Chevy?" ... I think about Gene Hughes, lead singer of the Casinos and great guy!  Let's chat about Gene for a minute before I tell you my association with him.  Gene Hughes was the lead singer of the group "the Casinos", a nine piece DooWop group from Cincinnat, Ohio.  They were a one hit wonder but should have had many more.  They signed with Fraternity Records and hit the charts with a million seller ... "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye".  Gene started singing in church as a kid and fell in love with the DooWop sound of the 50's.  He began his band called Gene Hughes and the Casinos.  After the success of their record, Gene became a Country Music Promoter at MCA, Plydor/A&M records in Nashville.  He started his own independent promotion company working with the major labels; RCA, MCA, Columbia, Warner Bros. and Capitol.  In 1974 he joined MCA Records as Vice President of promotions.  Gene also managed Gary Lewis and the Playboys.  During his stint in Country music, he helped make hits for so many of the great Country performers like: Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, the Judds, George Strait and Alabama.  I had the pleasure of meeting Gene while working for the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.  One evening we had a dinner at TARA outside of Sharon, PA with a bunch of friends in the industry ... Tony Butala of the Lettermen, Chuck Blasko of the Vogues, Herb Reed of the Platters, Pat Benti and Bubba and I.  It was a fun night of singing, remeniscing and getting to know the person behind the music fame.  Gene Hughes was a man of great music wisdom, kind and outgoing unlike a lot of music business greats.  Gene had a personality that made you think you were friends forever, he had a calming and relaxing affect on me and knew the music business inside out.  So now when I here the song "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" ... I remember the great Gene Hughes.  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!

Johnny


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