Hoghton Hughes Profile

Glen Moffatt
4 Apr 2019

New Zealand record mogul Hoghton Hughes once told a local music industry magazine that if consumers wanted a Chinaman playing bagpipes in the bath then he would give it to them. It’s the kind of comment you could never get away with today, much like the images of scantily clad women that adorned compilations of bawdy songs released on his Music World record label in the 1970s.

But times were different when Hughes established his recording empire on capital of $2000, working out of offices in suburban Christchurch. And if there was a market, he was more than willing to oblige. He famously told his salesmen that they were not in the music business; they were in the plastics business.

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Johnny Devlin - 24 Original Golden Greats (Music World)
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Music World star Christine Smith with Hoghton Hughes.
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NZ Army Band - Chips and Other Tasty Goodies, Music World, 1981.
Promotional Christmas card from Hoghton, Vanessa and "Ross the Kiwi Boss".
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Music World recording artist Noel Parlane.
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Hoghton Hughes.
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Music World letterhead.
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Music World recording artist Lynne Toner.
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Music World advertisement.
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Hoghton Hughes presenting a Gold Disc award to NZ manager Ross
Donohue (centre).
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Hoghton Hughes.
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Hoghton and Vanessa's 2013 / 2014 Christmas card.
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Hoghton Hughes in a publicity photo.
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Promotional sticker marketing Brendan Dugan.
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The Best of Garner Wayne and his Saddle Pals (Music World)
Photo credit: RNZ collection
Hoghton & Vanessa at the Trevi Fountain, Rome
Photo credit: Hoghton Hughes collection
Music World "Warehouse Sale" in the Sydenham warehouse.
Photo credit: Hoghton Hughes collection
Music World's Australasian staff at Dracula's Theatre restaurant, Surfers Paradise.
Photo credit: Hoghton Hughes collection
Music World congratulates Celine Toner on her album and makes a suggestion as to the single, targeting her as a country-rock artist, contrary to her father's suggested single.
Noel Parlane’s debut album, released on Music World in 1979
Advertisement for country albums available from Hoghton Hughes' Music World label.
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Hoghton Hughes performing a cornet recital in Hamilton.
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All The Time - the b-side of Brendan Dugan's second single on the Sailor-Boy label, 1968, produced by Hoghton Hughes. Later that year it was released as an a-side on Master, MAS-102. 
Hoghton & Vanessa with Australian sales manager Andrew Watson at Hong Kong Midem.
Photo credit: Hoghton Hughes collection
This reissue of Noel Parlane’s third Music World LP, Old Time Country Music, was released on the Music World offshoot Golden Editions; it had already been certified gold in New Zealand
Hoghton Hughes aka the Mass Market Marvel.
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Music World offers Celine Toner a deal
Music World Times catalogue / sales sheet.
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Lynne Toner’s Music World album released in 1980
Hoghton at Hughes Leisure Group stand, Singapore Musexpo.
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Hoghton Hughes with top selling country star Garner Wayne.
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Hoghton and Vanessa's wedding invitation.
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Hoghton Hughes in working the phones mode.
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Hoghton Hughes' 1974 nude calendar.
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Hoghton & Vanessa with Martina McBride.
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Music World recording artist Danny McGirr and Hoghton Hughes.
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Celine Toner’s Music World album released in 1981
Music World recording artist Suzanne Prentice in an early promotional photo.
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Hoghton Hughes with Canadian group The Emeralds.
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Noel Parlane’s final Music World LP, Country Love, which was certified gold in New Zealand
The Brendan On Studio One EP, released hastily by Master after Dugan won his New Faces heat in 1968
Labels:

Sailor-Boy


Master


Music World