Music Executive Gene Hughes, Casinos’ Lead Singer, Dies

Longtime country record promoter Gene Hughes, who first gained fame in the pop world as lead singer of the Casinos, died Tuesday night (Feb. 3) in Nashville. He was 67. The Cincinnati-based Casinos hit No. 6 on Billboard’s pop charts in 1967 with “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” written by Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk. The follow-up single, “It’s All Over Now” (written by Don Everly of the Everly Brothers) proved prophetic, reaching only No. 65. Hughes was active in promoting country records throughout the ’80s and ’90s. In recent years, he performed occasionally on the oldies circuit with a reconstituted version of the Casinos. At the time of his death, he was still recovering from injuries sustained in a 2003 car accident.