established producer Rick Hall
's fledgling FAME studio as an R&B mecca with his 1964 blues ballad "Steal Away." The ex-gospel singer hooked up with Hall
in 1962, but it wasn't until the explosive "Steal Away" was issued on the FAME label that his career took off. With an intense, crying vocal style that was perfect for deep soul ballads, Hughes
scored with the pleading "Why Not Tonight" in 1967, although the atypically uptempo "Neighbor, Neighbor" proved another giant hit. Hughes
broke away from Hall
and recorded an album for Volt before retiring from performing in the mid-'70s.