Born: 7-18-1950 Died: 3-4-2001
Glenn M. Hughes graduated in the class of 1968 from Chaminade High School, then attended Manhattan College, where he was initiated as a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music
fraternity in 1969. He was always interested in motorcycles, and was working as a toll collector at the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel when he responded to an advertisement by composer
Jacques Morali seeking "macho" singers and dancers. Hughes and other members of the band were given a crash course in the synchronized dance choreography that later typified the
group's live performances.
Glenn's powerful bass voice played an important part in the background lyrics of almost all the Village People's most known hits, such as "In The Navy." He sported an extravagant
horseshoe moustache and wore his trademark leather outfit on stage and off. As he was the band's "biker" and a real life fanatic, he kept his motorcycle parked inside his home. With
the Village People gaining fame, Hughes became one of the icons of the disco era, even appearing in a special broadcast from the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner.
In 1996 he retired from the Village People and launched his own successful New York cabaret act, which kept him busy until he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was replaced by
Eric Anzalone as the Biker character. However, Hughes continued with management of the band working behind the scenes in their business venture (Sixuvus Ltd.). During his later
years, he was known for storming the streets of New York with his Custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Hughes, who was also referred to by the masses as "Leatherman," was named
on People Magazine's 1979 list of most beautiful people.
He died in March 2001 at age 50 in his apartment in Manhattan from lung cancer and was interred at Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. Webmasters note: I had the pleasure of working with
The Village People in 1988. I spent 4 days with them, as a sound man, promoter, chauffeur, costumer, prop man, goodwill ambassador, and devoted fan! They were the nicest bunch of guys I've ever worked with, Glenn
was the quietest. He was a real "teddy bear" of a man, gentle and sweet, the exact opposite of his stage persona. I am truly saddened at his departure..I will miss you!