Hughie Thomasson

Hughie Thomasson
Thomasson performing in the 1970s
Background information
Birth name Hugh Edward Thomasson Jr.
Born (1952-08-13)August 13, 1952
Buchanan, Virginia, U.S.
Died September 9, 2007(2007-09-09) (aged 55)
Brooksville, Florida, U.S.
Genres Southern rock, hard rock, blues rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, banjo
Years active 1967–2007
Labels Arista
Associated acts Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson Jr. (August 13, 1952 – September 9, 2007)[1][2] was an American guitarist and singer, best known as a founding member of Outlaws. The band found great success in the late 70s and early 80s with a string of hits. He was also a replacement guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Thomasson wrote many of the songs for the Outlaws, including most of their more popular songs like "Hurry Sundown", "There Goes Another Love Song," and "Green Grass and High Tides". Although other band members (especially Henry Paul in the early-1970s lineup) contributed songs and sang lead vocals as well, Hughie was, in many ways, the real heart and soul of the Outlaws. After Outlaws disbanded, Thomasson joined Lynyrd Skynyrd, leaving that band in 2005 to reform Outlaws. Before his death, he contributed to writing of many of Lynyrd Skynyrd's songs on their 2009 album God & Guns, including the single "Still Unbroken."

Thomasson died in his sleep on September 9, 2007 of a heart attack in his home in Brooksville, Florida. He was 55 years old.


  1. ^ Flippo, Chet (September 11, 2007). "Southern Rock Pioneer Hughie Thomasson Dies in Florida Guitarist Founded the Outlaws and Later Joined Lynyrd Skynyrd". CMT News. 2010 MTV Networks. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  2. ^ Social Security Death Index

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