The follow-up, the psych-fuzz gem "Mr. Kirby," was a minor nationwide hit, but in the wake of their third Scepter effort, "Show Me the Way to Love," the New Yorkers discovered their manager had embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars; the band quit touring in response, returning to Portland and working odd jobs for the next year. Sans Fillmore, who was replaced by guitarist Bob Haworth, they reunited in late 1968, signing to the local Jerden label to release the psychedelic pop confection "Ice Cream World." "Michael Clover" followed in 1969, and later that year the New Yorkers landed at Warner Bros. long enough to release the single "Lonely." Decca issued the follow-up, the Harry Nilsson-penned "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City." The label then convinced the group to tour the East Coast in support of "Love Is the World," credited to Everyday Hudson, but when the single failed, Decca pulled all its financial support and the band again returned to Portland.
As simply the Hudson Brothers, they would go on to emerge as one of the more commercially successful pop bands of the early '70s, even hosting their own variety series, The Hudson Brothers Show, on CBS during the summer of 1974. (The network also gave the group their own Saturday morning live-action series, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show.) The siblings continued performing into the early '80s; in 1976 Bill Hudson married comedienne Goldie Hawn, and is the father of next-generation movie star Kate Hudson. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi