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Her name and face might not be instantly recognizable to many, but no doubt Ola Hudson was a stunning afrobella of note in her day. Check out her style in that vintage Dewars ad. That hair, those earrings. Ola Hudson was a certified show stopper.
She was a popular costume designer who clothed John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, and David Bowie, specifically for The Man Who Fell To Earth. Ola had two sons — Saul and Albion Hudson. Albion’s nickname is Ash, and Saul… well, his nickname is Slash.
“Slash, whose real name is Saul Hudson, has been a resident of Los Angeles since his parents moved to America from England in the early Seventies. Slash’s mom, a professional costume designer named Ola Hudson, tailored outfits for such acts as John Lennon, Diana Ross and the Pointer Sisters, while his artist father, Anthony Hudson, created album covers for clients that included Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. Raised in the neo-hippie environs of Laurel Canyon — which he still calls home — young Saul’s own creative instincts were nurtured early on. He was an enthusiastic artist and even contributed a series of animal illustrations to The Bestiary, an unpublished book of verse written by Joni Mitchell, who was a neighbor.
“He was drawing from the time he could pick up a pencil,” says Ola Hudson, who adds that he was weaned on her Led Zeppelin albums and raised in a very loving household. “I’ve been shocked at a lot of things I’ve read where it sounds like I left him on somebody’s doorstep in a basket. They make it seem as if he never had a family and grew up on the streets like an urchin, but that’s not true. It’s just part of his image. He’s not all leather and tattoos.”
So there you have it — Slash’s mom was all kinds of awesome, and her style directly influenced rock n roll as we know it. Ola Hudson passed away, succumbing to lung cancer on Friday at age 62. On his Twitter page, Slash confessed that he’s back in the studio, but having trouble concentrating. Thoughts and commiserations to the whole Hudson family. RIP, Ola Hudson
Jun 10, 2009, 12:00 GMT
03/28/2009 - Slash, Perla Ferrar and their two sons Cash and Emilio - The guitarist credited Ola Hudson - who was previously a costume designer for a host of musicians, including Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Diana Ross, and once dated David Bowie - with keeping him grounded and says she was responsible for all his creative influences growing up. © Bob Charlotte / PR Photos
Slash has paid tribute to his "cool rock and roll" mother, who passed away last week.
The guitarist credited Ola Hudson - who was previously a costume designer for a host of musicians, including Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Diana Ross, and once dated David Bowie - with keeping him grounded and says she was responsible for all his creative influences growing up.
He wrote on his MySpace blog: "Hello all, as some of you may already know my mom (Ola Hudson) died 6:30am last Friday morning (05.06.09) of Lung Cancer.
"This is a difficult time, but I have to share with you that she was the sweetest, warmest, most loving human being I've ever known (next to my grandmother on her side), as well as one of the most creative and talented. She was also the coolest Rock and Roll mom a Rock junkie like myself could ever possibly want to have. She was responsible for exposing me to a lot of the music that would influence me as a musician growing up. As well as introducing me to "the life" and priming me to survive this crazy business that I'm now in.
"But more importantly, she turned me on to all different forms of art and the importance of artistic self expression and creative communication thru music and dance from as early on as I can remember. She really was all things artistic and creative personified and the world is a lesser place without her. (sic)"
The 43-year-old rocker - real name Saul Hudson - admitted he is still struggling to come to terms with her passing but thanked fans for their support.
He added: "I still haven't grasped fully that she is gone and this is going to take some time to process. But, I have gotten a lot of really genuine condolences from many of you and I want to tell you that I appreciate it more than you can possibly know. My family and I thank you for your support."
Ola, who was 62 when she died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, also had another son, Albion 'Ash' Hudson, 38, with ex-husband Anthony Hudson.
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