Hudson was a drummer / singer with bands Parking Lot
(pictured far right), Tony Rivers & the Castaways,
Harmony Grass & New Faces TV talent contest winners
Sparrow - all close harmony bands. Later Brian was
working for a management company called Bron and was
looking after their newly signed artist Denise Nolan. In
1979 The Nolans were recording a popular BBC TV magazine
show called 'Nationwide' singing 'Have Yourself a Merry
Little Christmas' in 5 part harmony and Denise brought
Linda fancied Brian but
he was married - twice over - and had a young son. Not
long after that, at a Nolans family party Brian told
Linda that his marriage was over and that they would
spend their lives together. Linda was 19, Brian 32 and
although Linda was in love, she worried about her
parents reaction and didn't tell them for a few weeks as
she dated Brian.
accepted the situation as they could see how happy the
couple were together. Brian and Linda got engaged in
April 1981 and married on 28th August 1981 in Blackpool.
Brian became the tour manager for The Nolans and also
did the sound on their live shows.
In December 1983 Linda
left the sisters act when they decided they wanted to
remove Brian as their tour manager. Linda did a
risquť photo shoot - far removed from the sugary image
of The Nolans in order to kick start her solo career.
Brian was her manager and encouraged the images as the
press dubbed Linda 'The Naughty Nolan' and her solo
career was born.
A tour of the UK as
Gene Pitney's special guest followed & peak time
spots on top television shows were also a regular
feature. Record breaking summer seasons and other awards
followed under Brian's guidance as the couple worked
& lived together 24 hours a day.
Brian was diagnosed
with skin cancer in 2004 and Linda was diagnosed with
breast cancer in 2005. Brian was admitted to hospital in
2007 with a leg infection and at the age of 60 he sadly
passed away. Linda was heart broken, her world had ended
and she turned to the support of her friends and family.
But Linda needed another more independent support and 3
days later she called The Samaritans for the first time.
Linda wanted to talk to
somebody who she could be totally honest with. Somebody
who had no idea who Brian or she was, who had no
preconceived ideas about them and thatís what
happened. Linda says "I had known about Samaritans
Ďforeverí, never knowing how important the charity
would be in my life. "The first time I called
I didnít know what to say, but I didnít feel any
pressure to talk or tell the person my name, just
comfort." Linda's mum passed away three months
after Brian and again The Samaritans helped her through