The American singer and songwriter, Bill Hudson has indeed come a long way. He is a former member of the musical trio “The Hudson Brothers” which he formed alongside his brothers. Their popularity soared between the 1960s and 1970s and they also had their own television show The Hudson Brothers Show
In addition to his success in music, Bill Hudson also had a brief acting career in numerous films, including the 1983 horror-comedy film Hysterical. However, he didn’t get much popularity after the group disbanded in 1981. He released his memoir in 2011 after a long media hiatus.
Bill Hudson: Biography and Age
Bill Hudson was born William Louis Hudson on October 17, 1949. He was born in Portland, Oregon and also grew up there. He has Italian origins on his mother’s side of the family. He was the first child of Eleanor (née Salerno) and William Louis Hudson. He was raised primarily by his mother after his father left the family when he was six years old. He was raised Roman Catholic and he has two younger brothers, Brett and Mark, who eventually became his career partners.
Bill, Brett and Mark Hudson started making music as teenagers. The boys had been encouraged to pursue their singing talents by their mother who was also a singer. The Hudson Brothers initially went by the name ‘My Sirs’ and began performing as a group in the 1960s. They won several music competitions in their area after which they began recording their own songs.
They renamed the band “The New Yorkers” and in the late 1960s. In 1970 their name was changed again to “Everyday Hudson” and two years later appeared on television as “The Hudson Brothers”. They signed in 1973 with Elton John’s label, The Rocket Record Company, and continued to release new hits thereafter.
The Hudson brothers recorded a notable appearance on the Sonny & Cher Show in 1974 and due to their brilliant stage performances, they were offered a slot on the CBS network to present their own show. The Hudson Brothers Show (1974) was a resounding success and led to a spin-off The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show (1974-1975). As expected, the band’s appearance on television gave their musical career a huge boost and earned them teen idol status.
The Hudson Brothers released 6 studio albums and one compilation album between 1972 and 1980. Three of their albums Totally Out of Control (1973), Hollywood Situation (1974) and Ba-Fa (1975) charted on Billboard 200 Their top-charting single “So You Are a Star” peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard charts.
Bill Hudson and his brothers also appeared in the films Zero to Sixty (1978) and Hysterical (1983). He starred as Mr. Dawkins in the comedy adventure film Big Shots (1987) and he also recorded a guest role as Michael Plenn on the hit comedy series Doogie Howser, MD (1989-1992). After nearly two decades away from show business, Hudson released her memoir Two Sides: The Other Side of Fame and Family in December 2011.
Bill Hudson’s net worth is pegged at $5 million. His glory days may be over, but this multi-talented star is still in a strong financial position. Much of his wealth likely stems from his highly successful career in showbiz, although it’s possible he was involved in other businesses as well.
Children and family life
Bill Hudson has been married twice in the past although he is currently single. His first marriage was to actress and singer Goldie Hawn. They married in 1976 and had 2 children together. Their union broke up in 1980 with Hudson filing for divorce. The divorce was finally finalized in 1982.
Hudson married fellow actress Cindy Williams in 1982. They also had 2 children together and their union was much more durable. However, the couple separated in 2000, ending their 22-year marriage.
Bill Hudson welcomed two children during his marriage to Goldie Hawn. Their son, Oliver Hudson, was born in 1976, while their daughter, Kate Hudson, was born in 1979. Hudson’s first two children need no introduction, as they are both Hollywood stars who followed a career similar to that of their famous parents.
However, Oliver and Kate have a strained relationship with their father and they remained separated for several years. Hudson has claimed in the past that their mother, Goldie Hawn, alienated him.
His children from his second marriage are EmilyHudson (b. 1982) and Zachary Hudson (b. 1986). He also has a fifth child, a daughter named Lalania Hudson, whom he welcomed in 2006 with his longtime girlfriend.