Lord Tim Hudson

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b. Timothy Hudson, Manchester, England. One of the 60s many mercurial characters, Hudson first attracted attention as part of the ‘Chelsea Set’ centred on the Keyna Coffee House in London, alongside fellow…
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b. Timothy Hudson, Manchester, England. One of the 60s many mercurial characters, Hudson first attracted attention as part of the ‘Chelsea Set’ centred on the Keyna Coffee House in London, alongside fellow aspirants Michael Caine, Julie Christie and Terence Stamp. Inspired by the success of the Beatles, Hudson began seeking out pop talent and was instrumental in introducing the Moody Blues to Decca Records. When a new management team saw no further use for his services, a piqued Hudson left the UK on the advice of New York disc jockey B. Mitch Reed. Denied a US work permit, Hudson moved to Canada where, as Lord Tim Hudson, he became a highly successful DJ in Montreal. In 1965 he switched to a leading radio station in San Diego, California, USA. In 1966 he made the Seeds’ ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ his record of the week. Lead singer, Sky Saxon, was so impressed he invited Hudson to become the group’s manager. It was a combination similar to that of the Rolling Stones and Andrew Loog Oldham, with Hudson writing liner notes for Seeds’ releases. Despite an undoubted flair for publicity - he claims to have coined the term ‘flower power’ - Hudson was unable to break the Seeds nationally, although they remained popular in California. He later managed the equally fascinating Lollipop Shoppe, but left music in 1969, disillusioned at the direction it was following. ‘Groups with no talent were rich and the Seeds were starving, ’ he later commented. Little was heard of Hudson until the mid-80s when he briefly emerged as business manager to the UK cricketer Ian Botham.