For many people growing in Los Angeles, disc jockey Dick “Huggy Boy” Hugg provided their first exposure to rhythm and blues music. For five decades, Huggy Boy was a true legend in the Los Angeles radio market.
And now, Huggy Boy is dead at the age of 78.
The Los Angeles Times has an excellent obituary on Huggy Boy. Here’s a couple of choice paragraphs:
By the early 1950s, Hugg was broadcasting a late-night show from the window of Dolphin’s of Hollywood record store, then a hot spot for R&B music. Hugg is credited with exposing white teenagers to Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
“He was one of the pioneers who first played rhythm and blues,” said Don Barrett, whose laradio.com website tracks local radio. “It came at a time of growing conflict between parents who were listening to Doris Day and their kids who all of a sudden could hear this forbidden sound. Huggy really captured the imagination of young people back then.”
Throughout a radio career that took him to as many as nine local AM and FM stations, Hugg’s programs were so popular with Latino audiences that he often jokingly referred to himself as “the Dick Clark of the Chicanos.”
He willl be missed.
The cool advertisement was borrowed from my friends at the DooWopSocietyof SouthernCalifornia.