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HOWARD, Eddy

(b 12 Sep. '14, Woodland CA; d 23 May '63, Palm Desert CA) Singer, bandleader, songwriter. Attended medical school, then began singing on LA radio; worked with several bands, then with Dick Jurgens '34--40: hits on Vocalion incl. 'Careless' and 'My Last Goodbye', his own compositions. Formed own band '41, a popular 'sweet' band for many years, still active in the studios into the '60s; he led a vocal trio and sang solo in a pleasant, unpretentious style, still redolent of nostalgia. Ten top 20 hits '46--52 began on Majestic (later on Mercury) with 'To Each His Own' (no. 1), written for a film of that name (but not used) by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston, who also wrote 'Mona Lisa', 'Tammy' (nominated for an Oscar, from the '57 Debbie Reynolds movie), many others. The record was backed by a new recording of 'Careless', which was the band's theme; other hits incl. 'My Adobe Hacienda', 'I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder', and 'Sin (It's No Sin)' (his second no. 1, '51; also a hit by the Four Aces). Howard's single of 'Happy Birthday' and 'The Anniversary Waltz' was a juke box staple for years.