July 20, 1935April 6, 2013

Dallas G. Hughes, 77, went home to the Lord on April 6, 2013. Dallas was born in 1935 in Mt. Vernon Indiana to Dallas (Sr.) and Hazel Hughes.

He graduated from Evansville’s old Central High School in 1954. Dallas began working with his father during World War II refinishing and selling used furniture, pianos and organs (at the time, no new furniture was being produced, as all raw materials went to the war effort). By the early 1950s, this business had metamorphasized into Dallas Music, a staple for Evansville musicians for the next 50 years. Many local musicians purchased their first guitar or bass from “Mr. Dallas,” as he was known to his loyal customers, and many rock stars visited the shop before their shows at Robert’s Stadium. Mr. Dallas was especially well known for giving fair trades on used equipment, and selling instruments on credit in the pre-credit card era. Dallas retired and closed the store in 2008, and has spent the past five years in “active retirement” buying, restoring, and selling guitars.

Dallas served in the National Guard for seven years just prior to the Viet Nam War. Dallas was a gentleman and a scholar, reading himself to sleep with encyclopedias as a young adult, and learning an assortment of trades by following workers around various downtown factories starting at the age of nine. He was also extremely inventive, building a fully functioning 7’ tall robot named Tobor in 1964, an electronic tic-tac-toe machine in 1968, the world’s first baby-monitor in 1966 (with a 150’ cable, a professional microphone, and a small guitar amp), and a leaf-blowing cart in 1978 with a 5HP gasoline engine, which generated a strong enough air current to topple a man.

Dallas attended a number of local churches over the years, including Mill Road Baptist Church, East Gate Baptist Church, and United General Baptist Church. He never spoke much about religion, but Dallas held a strong Christian faith.

Dallas is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce (Philpot) Hughes, his son Dewayne (who followed his inventive nature to become a patent attorney) and his daughter-in-law Katerina, a practicing CPA who lovingly referred to him as “Dad.” All three were present when Dallas took his final breath at 2:05 p.m. last Saturday. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, who provided the family with comfort and support at the end.

Funeral services for Dallas will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Pierre Funeral Home, Rev. Ken Raymes officiating. Entombment will take place in Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may visit with the family from 3:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street.

Family requests memorial contributions be made to the Evansville Rescue Mission.

Entombment: Alexander Memorial Park, Everlasting Peace Mausoleum, Section S, Crypt 43.



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Nick S

October 5, 2013

Pulled out one of my first basses recently, had that gold Dallas music sticker on it. Reminded me of the old store. Was a very cool place, and Dallas was a really nice guy. Was sad to see the shop go, and sad to see him go. His store was the embodiment of the mom n' pop music shop. One of the last of its breed, that was more about friendliness than the bottom line.
Towards the end of its run, the store got a little more sparse, guitar wise, but was always worth a stop in to talk to Dallas for a little bit. Ill never forget the pink panther blow up thing in the front window. Thanks for everything!

Dean Hamby

May 4, 2013


I have NEVER seen so many sincere condolances for anyone. Dallas was one of a kind and the world is a DARKER place with his passing. I will continue to PRAY for you and your family.

GODSPEED DALLAS and God bless and comfort you all.


Dean Hamby

Bob Becker

April 12, 2013

Back in 1972, when I was working at the Evansville Store downtown, I got to know Mr. Hughes from visiting his music store on a regular basis. I was a kid, but Dallas sold me 2 new amps and some other gear on credit which he financed himself. He believed in me. He came through for me and I for him. I made regular payments to him over the counter right there in the store. He was a big part of my ability to establish myself financially. Although we lost touch over the years he has always, always, been in my heart. He will remain there forever. I will never forget his kindness.

My deepest sympathy to his family. You, and the rest of us have lost a very fine man until we are re-united.

May God rest his soul and comfort you in your loss.

I'm sorry I didn't see this until this morning. I would have attended visitation and paid my respects in person had I known in time.

Very respectfully,
Bob Becker

Gordon Wilcher

April 11, 2013

I am saddened by the passing of "Mr Dallas" I was privaliged to have known him and work with him. In fact it was Mr Dallas" that took a chance on a dreamer and made it possible for me to have my business. His trust and advise made it possible for me to become a succesful business man. Thank you "Mr Dallas" for so sharing your wisdom, advise and spirt with me.R.I.P. my mentor.

Hank Starks

April 11, 2013

It is because of Mr Dallas that Owensboro Music is here today. We admired you as kids, and loved you as adults.We'll always remember you.

Jim Weightman

April 11, 2013

Joyce,Iam sorry for your loss just knowing that he home and at peace,also that you will see him again,you and your family will be in my though and prayers.

Gordon McKinley

April 10, 2013

He was a wonderful person. Always had a smile for everyone. I will miss him. He sold me alot of musical instruments and helped anytime I needed it.

April 10, 2013

Mrs. Joyce - my heart goes out to you during this very difficult time. It is so hard to let them go but knowing they are HOME makes each day a little brighter. Please listen to Guy Penrod's song - Knowing what I know about heaven. I listen to that song when I miss mom and it gives me peace. Mr. Dallas has great company in heaven and he is walking on those streets of gold. God Bless you sweet lady and I will keep you in my prayers.

Love - Amy Kerchief (Amy Peaugh)

Mark Mantel

April 10, 2013

Like many, I also bought my first bass and practice amp there in 1984 at age 14! The bass was a 4 string black Cortez and the amp a Westbury. Still have and use the amp! Spent lots of time in that shop down on the walkway for strings and other purchases. He was a cool cat and always willing to help a young musician out. Really helped me out with trying different strings and repairs. He was my google for gear, before google. A great man indeed. He will be missed. RIP Dallas.

Larry Grisham

April 10, 2013

He was one of Evansville's finest. He would have been a diamond anywhere he chose to live. A very gentle soul, always more than fair in trade and trust. We will all miss him deeply. God bless him and his family.