Hugh Lovelady began the study of the saxophone at age eleven in his hometown of Vienna, West Virginia. He was awarded a bachelor of music degree in woodwind performance from West Virginia University in 1974 and a master of music degree in saxophone solo performance in 1993.
For 18 years, Hugh Lovelady was a member of the Caesar’s Palace and Hilton house orchestras in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has appeared or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Edye Gorme, Lou Rawls, Barbara Streisand, Johnny Carson, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley just to name a few. Hugh regularly appeared in the network Television orchestras for the Dean Martin roasts and Dinah Shore TV shows at the MGM Grand Hotel, the Merv Griffin TV show at Caesar’s Palace and the Mike Douglas TV show at the Las Vegas Hilton and the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon at the Sahara Hotel. Among the network television specials he participated in are: Frank Sinatra presents Marlene Ricci, “Cinderella at the Palace,” “The Mrs. America Pageant,” Liberace and Lola Falana, “A Valentine For You,” Lou Rawls, “Live at the Las Vegas Hilton” and Elvis, “That’s the way it is.” He has also played in the saxophone sections as a lead alto and woodwind player with Si Zentner, Harry James, Buddy Childers and Frank Sinatra, Jr., orchestras. Having moved to Phoenix 15 years ago, his abilities and versatility quickly made him the first call player for anything from a lead alto saxophone in a jazz band to clarinetist in an orchestral situation to a woodwind doubler in Broadway show productions and entertainer acts.