Hoghton Hughes

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Hoghton Hughes - founder of Music World recording and publicity company

Born in Christchurch in 1943, Hoghton Hughes took up cornet as an eight-year-old with the Crighton Cobbers Band, and at the age of 10 he joined the 3rd Armoured Regiment Band, playing for Her Majesty The Queen at the Civic Reception in Christchurch during the royal tour of 1953.  He won numerous medals on the cornet, and in 1956 came second in the New Zealand Junior Solo Contest in Wellington.  While at Christchurch West High School he was selected as principal cornet for a Christchurch Secondary Schools' Representative Brass Band.  By the time he left school in 1959, to run the record department at Cotter's, he was the ultimate Elvis Presley freak,  It was there he learnt the importance of stocking what people wanted, which at the time amounted to Peter Sellers comedy LPs and instrumental collections by English pianist Russ Conway.  Next he worked as the South Island representative for record distributor Green and Hall, selling Philips and budget labels like Spin-O-Rama.  When he was 21 he asked for a raise, but his boss told him he was an embarrassment because he was outselling the two North Island reps combined.  Why that wasn't something to celebrate was beyond our Hoghton, and he deduced from the motivational books he was reading that the only way to get ahead was to be his own boss.