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Great Falls —Musician Hugh Wright, 63, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home on Sept. 25, 2015.

Hugh was born to Edward and Mildred Wright on December 18, 1951, in Des Moines, Iowa, where he attended public schools.

After high school, Hugh studied percussion at the University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1975. While at the University of Iowa, he served as drum major for the university marching band.

Hugh moved to Los Angeles, Calif., after college to pursue a career as a professional musician. He enjoyed great success there as an in-demand studio and performing drummer working with a number of national artists, including blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hugh later became a founding member of the award-winning country group Boy Howdy, which recorded multiple Top 10 hits and toured nationally. Hugh also earned several individual awards in California for his drumming acumen, including the California Music Association's "Drummer of the Year" in 1992.

Hugh moved to Great Falls, Mont., in 1995 and continued his music career performing with groups such as the Texas Allies, Steve Keller Band, Hound Dog's Rockin' Blues, and Nervis Norvis and the Nasty Nerds.

Hugh was a kind, gentle soul who never had a disparaging word for anyone, and he enjoyed his many good friends at the Lobby Bar. He also was an avid sports fan and followed University of Iowa Hawkeyes teams, Tiger Woods, and the New York Yankees. Hugh was greatly loved and appreciated by his friends and musical associates.

Memorial services are pending; for memorials, contact Rod's Music at 406-771-1314.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 2, 2015
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