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 & the Retro kats

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