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February 14, 2014

TOWN: Musical duo returns to Cardinal O'Hara

Hudson brothers, alumni of Cardinal O'Hara High School, return for concert and lifetime achievement award

Tonawanda News — Phil Hudson and his brother, Jerry, have come a long way since graduating from Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda, Phil in 1969 and his brother in 1967.

But the two have come full circle, starting with performances by their band in front of classmates and now, as headliners performing with the E.L.I. Three Dog Night Tribute band on that same O’Hara stage Feb. 28.

At the performance, the duo will receive the first Cardinal O’Hara Fine Arts Lifetime Achievement award.

The two recalled playing at O’Hara when they were students.

“The school was big and brand new — it was the popular school to go to,” Phil Hudson recalled. “It had a great social atmosphere.”

His brother agreed with the reminiscences, including stories about Father Bruno, the school disciplinarian in the 60s.

“In late 1966, we put together a group which had some regional success and out of the area as well,” Jerry Hudson said. “We did live work at area colleges and were very successful.”

“We stayed together after high school for four pretty healthy years,” Phil Hudson explained. “We have strong voices and everybody sang. We became known for our vocals.”

The brothers said they were not a typical band but one with lots of complex harmony which few singers did.

In 1969, they put out  their first record, “The Road,” which sold upwards of 100,000 copies. They also released a second popular record.

The two, natives of the Town of Tonawanda, continued on with a successful career in music with “The Road.”

“We played together until about 1975. Jerry became more interested in the stage and in writing,” Phil Hudson said. “I played in a band called White Chocolate.”

For his part, Jerry Hudson said that he continues to write fiction, mostly short stories.

“It’s difficult to get the (publisher’s) door open. So I keep knocking.”

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