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The Best of Eddy Howard: The Mercury Years Original recording remastered

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With a dozen hit singles to his credit, balladeer Eddy Howard became an extremely popular star in the 1940s and 1950s. Eddy Howard also recorded small-band Jazz works with Teddy Wilson and Charlie Christian.

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To Each His Own
The Rickety Rickshaw Man
For Sentimental Reasons
The Girl That I Marry
My Adobe Hacienda
Heartaches
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Kate
Now Is The Hour
On A Slow Boat To China
Room Full Of Roses
Maybe It's Because
To Think You've Chosen Me
Sin
Be Anything
Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart
A Penny A Kiss
Mademoiselle
Gomen Nasai (Forgive Me)
Till We Two Are One
Melancholy Me
The Anniversary Waltz
Happy Birthday
Careless
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ENS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George R. Stilwell, Jr. on January 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Finally. A CD of Eddy Howard with decent sound. We can't expect
glorious sound from recordings made in the 1945 era, but this is
very listenable.
Brought back vivid memories of seeing Eddy live at the Aragon in
Chicago in 1945. I just wish "So Long For Now" was on the CD and
that it'd switch to Hal Pearl playing the Aragon Organ between
sets. What a wonderful time and place.
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If you don't already own an Eddy Howard collection, this would be a great start to your soon-to-be favorite big band singer. It's a mystery why so many people have never heard of Eddy Howard, yet recognize his hits when they hear them. Mr. Howard died too young, but left us with beautiful memories in song. When I purchased my CD player a decade ago, Eddy Howard was one of the first artist's work I searched for on CD to replace my well-loved old LPs. He was so hard to find on CD! Take advantage of what is available to us now. You will love the sweet sound of Eddy's ballads. So long for now.....see you later in my dreams......
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Eddy Howard, who died at the tender age of 48 in 1963 from a cerebral hemorrhage, began his career as a band singer, first with Ben Bernie and then with Dick Jurgens and His Orchestra [1934 to 1940]. You can hear him on Careless (which he wrote) and Bluebirds In The Moonlight on the Jurgens CD Here's That Band Again.

His first attempt at forming his own band in 1941 was aborted by WW II, but with the war's end he formed another group and soon had a contract with Majestic Records. And what a début. To Each His Own shot to # 1 in July/August of 1946 and stayed there for 8 weeks, remaining on the charts for an incredible 25 weeks. That same year he scored with The Rickety Rickshaw Man, [I Love You] For Sentimental Reasons, and My Best To You - the latter not in this collection. 1947 was even better with no less than seven Top 25 hits, highlighted by My Adobe Hacienda and I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder, both of which went to # 2.

In 1948, after Now Is The Hour, Just Because, and Put 'Em In A Box, Tie 'Em With A Ribbon [And Throw 'Em In The Deep Blue Sea] also made the Top 25, he switched to Mercury, and from November of that year to early 1954 he was seldom off the charts, racking up another 27 hits. The best of these - [I'd Love To Get You] On A Slow Boat To China [1948], Room Full Of Roses, Maybe It's Because [1949], To Think You've Chosen Me [1950], Sin [1951], Be Anything [But Be Mine] and Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart [1952] all made the Top 10, with Sin repeating the success of his first hit by going to # 1 for eight weeks in October/November of 1951.

All we need now from Mercury is a volume 2 containing the 20 hits NOT included in this CD.

Eddy Howard was, from all accounts, one of the truly nice guys of the music business.
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The influential crooner-bandleader Eddy Howard recorded prolifically but is poorly represented on CD, particularly for his interesting later career in the 1950s when lesser big dance bands went under and music biz demographics skewed to capture the teen market. These warm, nostalgic tracks were originally made for Majestic and Mercury, both Chicago-based, between 1946-54, and Howard was, with Tony Martin, one of fledgling Mercury's first top-rank established artists before the imprint signed Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and the Platters (whose commercial doo-wop style is prefigured by Eddy's close-harmony singing with his manly "glee club" trio in these hits). "To each his own" remains unsurpassed for the sweetness and sincerity of Howard's crooning, and the drummist bangs his cymbals in just the right way to remind us that, the stellar vocalist notwithstanding, this was a really big band ideal for slow dancing at the fabled Aragon Ballroom, where the Howard band played some six months of the year, with nationwide radio hookups and the romantic hit recordings increasing the band's exposure. (Howard had studied business and premed at Stanford before dropping out to join the Dick Jurgens band, and clearly his business acumen was as keen as his musical instincts.)

Speaking of keen, listening to the quartet intermingle vocal runs on the monster hit "(It's no) sin," I'm reminded of the Sons of the Pioneers' harmonic blend, so too by "My adobe hacienda" and "Ragtime cowboy Joe." Eddy Howard sometimes posed with a trombone which he mimed playing, but sources differ as to whether he really multitasked within the band.
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This album sorted out sanity vs loud insanity in most instances comparing the old fashioned music and the mod mix of rap and rock of today's world. Music is a generational thing and I am an old timer that thrives on the mix of many wind and string instruments vs guitars, guitars and more guitars. Why they put "Happy Birthday" on this album is beyond me, but the rest of the cuts are pure enjoyment. It set me in the mood of pleasant song lyrics and arrangements so much that I am now buying more of the 30's and 40's bands that I either missed or forgot about.
This gives me a moving music experience
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