Dick 'Huggy Boy' Hugg
June 9, 1928 - August 30, 2006
Dick "Huggy Boy" Hugg, a pioneering rhythm and blues disc jockey whose career spanned five decades in Los Angeles radio, has died. He was 78.
Born in Canton, Ohio, Hugg made his way to Los Angeles shortly after World War II to pursue a career in radio. The young man, who would become famous for his smooth baritone voice and playful banter, soon found it.
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.
Throughout a radio career that took him to as many as nine Los Angeles 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."
One of his more famous radio signatures was: "Remember…. Others imitate, but none can duplicate the sound found here…. The Huggy Boy Show must be the best. It's outlasted all the rest."
"Although there were many Disc Jockeys during the early 50's & 60"s that played Rock and Roll, Huggy stood out from the crowd when it came to promoting Chicano Music, also known as the Eastside Sound. We at CRN celebrate his vision and contributions during his wonderful career in Broadcasting."
Frank M. Miranda
The Chicano Radio Network U.S.A.
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