HUGH SCOTT (1987 Inductee)

Hugh Scott was born in Riceville, Ontario on April 4, 1940. His family moved to Ottawa when he was 13, by which time he had already mastered the fiddle and guitar. At age 15, he began his musical career, performing with Smokey and the Drifters at the Chamberland Hotel in Aylmer, Quebec. Here, he perfected his Elvis routine and began to draw the attention of record companies and hundreds of fans. He soon had his own band, "The Meteors", and, for thirteen years, filled The Chamberland to capacity.

Early in his professional career, Hugh cut a demo tape for Tamarac Records and received good chart action with an initial release. He later signed with Rodeo Records, where he released four albums and thirteen singles, all of which hit the Top 20. Moving on to Snocan Studios, he recorded the Wayne Rostad composition, "Good Time Lady", and then it was off to Nashville where, sponsored by Texas-based Lise Records, he recorded his biggest hit, "Feed the Fire, Starve the Flame", at Fireside Studios.

While, unlike a lot of other bands, Hugh Scott did not go on tour, he did meet and forge long-term friendships with some of the touring "greats". Doc Williams offered Hugh the opportunity to tour as his fiddle player, and Waylon Jennings encouraged him to travel to Las Vegas with him. Hugh chose to stay in the Valley, where he packed every room he played and appeared on Dick Maloney’s Saturday Date, Carl Smith’s Country Music Hall, Family Brown Country, and the Tommy Hunter Show, all feature television shows all the time.

For many years, Hugh lived on his ranch, where he owned and trained quarter horses and raised prize dogs. Hugh has also been active all of his adult life as a body builder and "fitness freak", once finishing runner up in the Mr. Canada body building championships.


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