Gwen Hughes & the Retro Kats
- 4/7 piece band, Swing, Jazz, R&B Rock & Roll-Exceptional Female Vocalist


Imagine sitting in a club or cafe, at a remote table, waiting for the new band to make an appearance. The air is heavy with smoke, the brightest light is directed at center stage. Cigarette girls sashay by, martinis glint in the stage light. But you haven't stepped back in time. This is now.

Originally, " says Gwen, "I was caught between two genres of music. I had been singing in pop bands for a few years, but was restless inside this particular form of music. I wanted to stretch little more than the usual pop fare allows...though, in my opinion, the Beatles still rule the universe musically and always will...but jazz gradually began to feel more like home." Following her introduction to and collaboration with Bill Wilson (a talent as great as his father, Teddy), Gwen was introduced to many of Atlanta's prominent jazz musicians

"I suppose you'd call me a song stylist," she says. "Nancy Wilson. Peggy Lee. Ella is my scatting muse. I have a long list of heroines. And then there's Sinatra, who made it possible for all of us to break the rules. It's all about adventure, not being hemmed in by ëcategories' of music. Think outside the box."

If you need swing...jazz..R&B...rock n' roll...Gwen has a band to fit almost any occasion. From a solo performer playing background a ten-piece swing or pop've landed on the right page.

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    Gwen Hughes Song List

    Harry Connick, Jr.
    A Wink and a Smile

    Dianna Ross & The Supremes
    Ain’t No Mountain Enough

    Stevie Wonder
    All is Fair in Love

    Toni Braxton
    Another Sad Love Song

    Chuck Berry
    Back in the USA

    Linda Ronstadt
    Blue Bayou

    Anita Baker
    Body and Soul

    Juice Newton
    Break It To Me Gently

    Neil Sedaka
    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    Gloria Estefan
    Can’t Stay Away From You

    The Beatles
    Can’t Buy Me Love

    George Michael
    Careless Whisper

    Anita Baker
    Caught Up In the Rapture

    Lisa Stansfield

    Aretha Franklin
    Climbin’ Higher Mountains

    Close To You

    Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

    RL Jones
    Danny’s All Star Joint

    Brian Setzer
    The Dirty Boogie

    Otis Redding
    Dock of the Bay

    Bobby Darin
    Dream Lover

    Fleetwood Mac

    Barbra Streisand

    Sheryl Crowe
    Everyday Is A Winding Road

    Evil Ways

    George Michael
    Fascinating Rhythm

    Peggy Lee

    James Taylor
    Fire and Rain

    For All We Know

    Bette Midler
    From A Distance

    Lyle Lovett
    God Will

    Whitney Houston
    Greatest Love of All

    John Lennon
    Grow Old With Me

    Van Morrison
    Have I Told You Lately

    Linda Ronstadt
    Heat Wave

    Jackie Wilson
    Higher and Higher

    Stevie Winwood
    Higher Love

    Sam n' Dave
    Hold On I’m Coming

    Mary Chapin Carpenter
    I Feel Lucky

    Marvin Gaye
    I Heard it through the Grapevine

    Bonnie Raitt
    I Can’t Make You Love Me

    Carole King
    I Feel the Earth Move

    Patsy Cline
    I Fall to Pieces

    The Monkees
    I’m A Believer

    I’m Not in Love

    Billy Joel
    Just the Way You Are

    Eddie Floyd
    Knock on Wood

    Edith Piaf
    La Vie En Rose

    Paul Kelly

    Bill Withers
    Lean on Me

    Carly Simon
    Legend In Your Own Time

    Marvin Gaye
    Let’s Get It On

    Brian Setzer
    Let’s Live It Up

    Bonnie Raitt
    Love Letter
    Janis Joplin
    Me and Bobby McGee

    Wilson Pickett
    Midnight Hour

    My Best Friend

    Paul McCartney
    My Love

    Aretha Franklin
    Natural Woman

    Billy Joel
    New York State of Mind

    Bonnie Raitt
    Nick of Time

    Carly Simon
    Nobody Does It Better

    Fontella Bass
    Rescue MeJoan Rivers
    Rockin’ Pneumonia

    Vanessa Williams
    Save the Best For Last

    Aretha Franklin
    Since You Been Gone

    Smooth Operator

    Carole King
    So Far Away

    The Beatles

    Dusty Springfield
    Son of a Preacher Man

    Glen Campbell
    Southern Nights

    Ben E King
    Stand By Me

    Dianna Ross & The Supremes
    Stop in the Name of Love

    Bobby Hebb

    Anita Baker
    Sweet Love

    Sweetest Taboo

    Aaron Neville
    Tell It Like It Is

    Brian Setzer
    That Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof

    Buddy Holly
    That’ll Be The Day

    Aretha Franklin

    George Benson
    This Masquerade

    Rolling Stones
    Under My Thumb

    Patsy Cline
    Walking After Midnight


    Linda Ronstadt
    When Will I Be Loved

    The Beatles
    You Won’t See Me

    Sam Cooke
    You Send Me

    Carly Simon
    You Belong to Me

    Joe Cocker
    You Can Leave Your Hat On

    Elton John
    Your Song

    Various Artists
    A Kiss to Build A Dream On
    Ain’t Misbehavin’
    Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
    All I Ask of You (from “Phantom)
    All of Me
    All The Things You Are
    Almost Like Being In Love
    Am I The Same Girl
    Amazing Grace
    Angel Eyes
    As Long As He Needs Me
    As Time Goes By
    Autumn Leaves
    Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy
    Beauty and the Beast
    Betcha By Golly Wow
    Birth of the Blues
    Black Orpheus
    Blue Moon
    Blues in the Night
    Body and Soul
    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
    Brown-Eyed Girl
    But Beautiful
    But Not For Me
    Bye Bye Blackbird
    Can’t Help Falling In Love
    Choo-Choo Ch’Boogie
    Come Rain or Come Shine
    Could I Have This Dance
    Cry Me A River
    Days of Wine and Roses
    Do You Want To Know A Secret
    Don’t Get Around Much
    Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
    Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
    Embraceable You
    Various Artists
    Every Breath You Take
    Everyday I Have The Blues
    Feel Like Making Love
    First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    Five Months 2 Days 2 Wks
    Fly Me to the Moon
    Foggy Day
    Fool on the Hill
    Fools Rush In
    Free Again
    Georgia on My Mind
    Get Here (O Adama)
    Girl from Ipanema
    God Bless the Child
    Good Morning Heartache
    Green Dolphin Street
    Guess Who I Saw Today
    Hand Jive
    Here There and Everywhere
    Here’s That Rainy Day
    Honeysuckle Rose
    How Deep Is The Ocean
    How High the Moon
    How Sweet It Is
    I Can See Clearly Now
    I Can’t Get Started
    I Concentrate On You
    I Could Write a Book
    I Don’t Know How to Love Him
    I Get A Kick
    I Got it Bad
    I Got Rhythm
    I Have Dreamed
    I Left My Heart in San Francisco
    I Only Have Eyes for You
    I Say a Little Prayer
    I’ll Be Seeing You
    I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
    I’m Beginning to See The Light
    I’m Just A Girl
    I’ve Got a Crush on You
    Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby
    Isn’t It Romantic
    It Had to Be You
    Jump Jive n’ Wail
    Just Friends
    Just the Two of Us
    Kansas City
    Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now
    Killing Me Softly
    Lady Is A Tramp
    Let’s Call The Whole Ting Off
    Long Ago and Far Away
    Look of Love
    Love for Sale
    Lover Man
    Lush Life
    Mack the Knife
    Makin’ Whoopee
    Memory (from “Cats”)
    Midnight Sun
    Moon River
    More Today than Yesterday
    Mustang Sally
    My Favorite Things
    My Funny Valentine
    My Girl
    My One and Only Love
    My Romance
    Nearness of You
    New York New York
    Night and Day
    No Doubt
    Old Time Rock and Roll
    On Broadway
    On The Sunnyside of the Street
    Our Love Is Here to Stay
    Over the Rainbow
    Paper Moon
    Pink Cadillac
    Proud Mary
    Que Sera Sera
    Red Top
    Rock This Town
    Rocky Top
    Round Midnight
    Route 66
    Satin Doll
    Saving All My Love for You
    Scotch n’ Soda
    Secret Love
    Send in the Clowns
    Sentimental Journey
    Since I Fell for You
    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    Someone to Watch Over Me
    Something to Talk About
    Sophisticated Lady
    Sorry Seems to be The Hardest Word
    Spinning Wheel
    Spring Can...Hang You Up Most
    Steppin’ Out
    Stormy Monday
    Stormy Weather
    Swing on a Star
    Swing Out Sister
    Take Five
    Take The “A” Train
    Teach Me Tonight
    That Old Black Magic
    The Beatles
    The Man I Love
    The Man that Got Away
    The Rose
    The Shadow of Your Smile
    The Song Is You
    The Tennessee Waltz
    The Very Thought of You
    The Way We Were
    The Way You Look Tonight
    The Wedding Song
    There Is No Greater Love
    They Can’t Take That Away/Me
    Ticket to Ride
    Till There Was You
    Unchained Melody
    Under the Boardwalk
    We’re In This Love Together
    We’ve Only Just Begun
    What A Difference a Day Makes
    What You Won’t Do For Love
    What’s New
    When I Fall in Love
    When Something is Wrong...My Baby
    When Sunny Gets Blue
    When the Sun Comes Out
    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    Wind Beneath My Wings
    You Are the Sunshine of My Life
    You Don’t Know What Love Is
    You Go to My Head
    You Made Me Love You
    You’re So Vain