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Hudson on the Rillerah
By Don E. Gee
October 15, 2013

One TV production company ends its shows with a boyish comment, "What's That Mean?" Songwriting is a great business IF you got the chops. "The Hut Sut Song" is a Swedish Seranade, a novelty tune written in the 1940's made popular by Merv Griffin when he sang with The Freddy Martin Big Band. The song was also recorded by Mel Torme and Spike Jones, in vogue around the same time as "Mairzy Doats" and "Three Little Fishies." We can go off in all directions on many famous tunes, but when a strike comes this close to the Beatle Brunch Home we 'Rally 'round the Rillerah.'

Mark Hudson, credited as songwriter and/or producer with cuts on over 30,000,000 albums sold from artists including Celion Dion, Cher, Aerosmith, and Ringo. He is a well respected and talented performer. Soon he'll be setting up shop for ProMedia students at an exclusive songwriting weekend workshop in New York City. By the way, Mark's daughter, Sarah Hudson, co-wrote with Katy Perry on her most recent single released, "Dark Horse"

Pictured Left is Mike McCartney (Paul's Brother) with Mark

Beatle Brunch Club member, Lee Hall wrote an inspirational poem about John Lennon enough to spark Mark's guidance and expert touch to begin a flow of sensible melodic verses wrapped around a contagious chorus eventually perfected and spun into a cohesive, truly phenomenal recording. Listen To What The Man Said, Joe J's introduction: Song writing lessons

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Mark Hudson achieved independent success as record producer and songwriter - working with a broad variety of multi-platinum artists including Cher, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Hanson, Harry Nilsson, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Boy Zone, Leann Rimes, the Baha Men and much more.

Mark is still doing what he loved to do since he was ten, when he first stepped in front of a mirror and held a broom up, imitating Elvis. As he says, "Now every day I get to go to my little place, plug in a guitar and ... I'm Elvis."

Born in Portland Oregon, Mark first came on the scene in a band with his brothers, the Hudson Brothers. The Hudson Brothers had two top-20 hits, "So You Are A Star" and "Rendezvous" produced by Bernie Taupin for Elton John's Rocket Records.

The Hudson Brothers were frequent guests on the Sonny and Cher Show and in 1974 they became Sonny and Cher's summer replacement. In 1975 the Hudson Brothers Show evolved into the Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show. It was one of the first live-action variety shows on Saturday mornings and the brothers became one of the musical comedy delights of the 1970s. They enjoyed their career mixing music and comedy with many TV appearances and many live sold-out shows.

In the 1980s, Mark and his brothers moved into film. In 1981 they made Hysterical. It has gone on to become a cult-classic in colleges. They then went on to make six film shorts for Showtime in the style of the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges. But all good things come to an end and The Hudson Brothers broke up.

After the break-up, legendary producer, Phil Ramone, took Mark under his wing and began schooling him in Production and successful song writing. Mark assisted Phil on Flash Dance and began to get cuts on albums by artists including Cher, Michael Sembello, and Bobby Caldwell.

In 1986 Mark read for a part in a Gary David Goldberg Production for NBC, Sara, starring Geena Davis, Alfree Woodard, and Bill Maher. He got the part and enjoyed a full season as the love-interest of, who never went to bed with, Geena.

Mark kept working with Phil Ramone and in 1987 he went to the new Fox network as the Band Leader for the Joan Rivers Show. The show ran for 1 1/2 years, and Mark made musical connections with artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Thomas Dolby. Exit Joan, enter Arsenio Hall, Arsenio and Mark hit it off and Mark was used as both musical and comedy director. Working with Arsenio provided Mark entry into the worlds of Hip Hop and Rap - a new universe for a man reared on Elvis and The Beatles.

In 1990 Mark sold a show to Kingworld (Producers of Oprah and Wheel of Fortune) about a television pirate who breaks through the airwaves. "Off-Shore Television" was cutting-edge TV and Mark starred in and directed the series. Mark's friends in music and comedy (including Joe Walsh, John Candy, Cher, Cuba Gooding Jr., Cindy Williams and George Hamilton) joined in the fun. After thirty-two shows, Mark was ready to again return to music, full-time.

In 1992 Mark was again working with Phil, but this time Phil felt that Mark was ready to fly solo, on a Ringo Starr album and so "Time Takes Time" was the first time that Mark worked with Ringo Starr. Hudson has being the primary driving force as producer and composer behind the revival of Ringo Starr as a recording artist. Has produced or co-produced nine albums for Starr which featured a total of 82 different songs.

John Kalodner, A&R guru of Geffen Records, offered Mark the opportunity to write with Aerosmith. Mark jumped at the chance and the rest is history. His first writing session with Aerosmith resulted in the Grammy Award winning song "Livin' On The Edge" and has since co-written a total of 12 Aerosmith songs. >From there Mark has gone on to work with many of the most talented artists of our time including writing with Carole King the song "The Reason" which became a huge smash hit for Celine Dion and sold 26 million copies.

Mark was the vocal director and backup vocalist for artists such as David Cassidy, Wayne Newton, Cher, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi, Aaron Neville, Harry Nilsson, Hanson, Leif Garrett and more.

He has written with and for multi-platinum artists including Aerosmith, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Hanson, the Baja Men, Alice Cooper, Boy Zone, and Leann Rimes. His songs have appeared in films including Gremlins, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Its a Guy Thing, and Hysterical.

In 2004 Mark appeared on the The X Factor in England, a Simon Cowell show which also stars Sharon Osbourne. Mark was the vocal coach and Sharon's partner for 3 years on the series.

In 2005 Hudson produced a new, multi-artist recording of Eric Clapton's song "Tears in Heaven" as a charity single for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Among musicians that were recruited for the recording were: Elton John, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Gavin Rossdale, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Kelly Osbourne, Katie Melua, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and members of Velvet Revolver: Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dave Kushner and Scott Weiland. The recording also featured actor Robert Downey Jr.

Mark worked on a Broadway Musical with Ozzy Osbourne on the life of Rasputin and is finished his first solo album in 2008. He is also doing a series of one man shows across the country and hopes that more people will show up and not just one man. Mark will continue to write music until he is accepted by NARAS as a member of the Jackson Five (he always wanted to be close to Tito).

"Mark puts the fun back in recording. We always have such a great time. He lets the musician know that anything is possible ... He's a great musician, has lots of energy and he's a lot of fun to work with." Ringo Starr for the Professional Audio Industry Magazine Mix


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