James Newton Howard
American composer
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard is an American composer best known for his scores to motion pictures. He is one of the most popular and respected composers for cinema, and has scored over 100 films. The recipient of eight Academy Award nominations, some of Howard's best known film scores include The Prince of Tides (1991), The Fugitive (1993), Dinosaur (2000), King Kong (2005), I Am Legend (2007), and, most recently Green Lantern (2011).
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: Get an Exclusive Listen to Song From the Score
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
'One of my biggest goals in writing the music for 'Fantastic Beasts' was to create memorable melodies,' says the film's composer James Newton Howard.
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How Are Developers Turning Away From Suburbia?
Huffington Post - 4 months
These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, The Geography of Nowhere, and many other books, on Quora. Q: Twenty years after its founding, what did New Urbanism get right and wrong? Where should it be going? A: The New Urbanism was phenomenally successful. But it's greatest success was simply retrieving lost principle and expertise in urban design from the dumpster of history. It is surely self-evident that a lot of places in America built up since the end of World War II ended up being dismal, soul-crushing human habitats. It was obvious exactly how it was making Americans miserable to live and work in these graded settings. Most people equipped with functioning human neurology know the difference between a satisfying environment and one that is punishing, sterile, and ugly. The New Urbanists have developed a ...
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Man sentenced to 56 years to life in prison in killing of girlfriend
LATimes - about 3 years
A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in her Reseda apartment was sentenced last week to 56 years to life in prison, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. James Howard Jr., 23, was convicted of the murder of Sharilit Matthews in September after a nearly four-week trial. Matthews was killed Feb. 2, 2012. Family and friends reported Matthews missing after they hadn't heard from her for almost a week, and she was found eight days later by police conducting a welfare check. Howard's conviction carried special allegations that he used a knife — a deadly and dangerous weapon — in the murder and that he had received a strike conviction in 2009 for robbery. Howard moved in with Matthews, 41, in August 2011 after serving time in prison for the robbery conviction. At the trial, neighbors testified they would hear the couple arguing and yelling through the walls in Matthews' apartment. Her friends said they saw bruises on her body on various occasions, according to the ...
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Forget Snapchat, NYC Schools Banning Latest Disruptive Invention
Inc. Magazine - over 3 years
Handmade bracelets constructed from non-latex rubber bands have become a playground craze. Meet Rainbow Loom, retail's latest kid-driven boom. You'd think the moment elementary schoolers stop crushing candies on i-devices, parents and teachers rejoice. Not so much. There's a new offline obsession in town, at least in New York City. Two years ago, the pre-holiday craze among kids was Silly Bandz, rubber bracelets created by an American small business. This year it's, well, other rubber bands created by another entrepreneur. And--ask any 8-year-old--these new rubber bands, which are woven together to form bracelets on something called a Rainbow Loom, are having a moment. Playground Must-Have "It's an addiction," New York City Public School 107 principal Eve Litwack told local news site DNAInfo. "It was like the kids couldn't live without it. It was just getting to the point where it was really crazy." So Litwack banned the Rainbow Loom bracelets from school grounds. She's not the f ...
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Mike Ragogna: ASCAP Workshop: Chatting with Richard Bellis, Matthew Margeson, Michael Bearden, & Joe Trapanese, Plus Exclusives by The Grahams and Sweet Relief's Victoria Williams
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ASCAP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF FILM SCORING "Our participants come to the Workshop at a critical point in their careers. We identify them just before they launch and provide a training ground for them to hone the skills they will need to succeed. Think of it as a finishing school." - ASCAP's Jennifer Harmon First, here's an introduction from ASCAP's official press release: "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its annual Film & Television Scoring Workshop from July 8th - August 1st, 2013, celebrating 25 years since the program first launched in 1988. Founded by composer Fred Karlin, and co-produced with ASCAP's longtime veteran Nancy Knutsen, the Workshop has become one of the most well-respected programs in the world. In 1998, Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Bellis joined the workshop as a mentor and has served in that position for the last 16 years." And discussing the workshop and music in general are Richard Bellis a ...
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James Howard Kunstler: The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Back in the day when big box retail started to explode upon the American landscape like a raging economic scrofula, I attended many a town planning board meeting where the pro and con factions faced off over the permitting hurdle. The meetings were often raucous and wrathful and almost all the time the pro forces won -- for the excellent reason that they were funded and organized by the chain stores themselves (in an early demonstration of the new axioms that money-is-speech and corporations are people, too!). The chain stores won not only because they flung money around -- sometimes directly into the wallets of public officials -- but because a sizeable chunk of every local population longed for the dazzling new mode of commerce. "We Want Bargain Shopping" was their rallying cry. The unintended consequence of their victories through the 1970s and beyond was the total destruction of local economic networks, that is, Main Streets and downtowns, in effect destroying man ...
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Eight Murders Reported in Prince George's in August
College Park Patch - over 4 years
Prince George's County Police opened at least eight new murder investigations over the past month. Despite this spate of tragic incidents in August, the county's murder rate appears to be slowing this year.  The murders, detailed on the Prince George's County Police Department's blog, total 34 for the year. That's a little more than a rate of four murders per month. County police reported 90 murders in 2011, a rate of more than seven per month.  Of the eight murders in August, police have arrested and charged five suspects in connection with some of the murders.  August began quietly for the county homicide unit until about mid-month when a succession of murders occurred. Beginning on Aug. 6, police responded to five murders in the span of a week.  First, in the early morning hours of Aug. 6, county police responded to a scene in Temple Hills where they discovered 18-year-old Anthony Boatwright laying in the street with a gunshot wound. Boatwright was pronounced dead at the ...
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Pr. George's Crime Watch: Suspect at Large in Fatal Shooting
Bowie Patch - over 4 years
Biggest crime reports in Prince George's County from Aug. 14. Police Search For Suspect in Fatal Shooting A suspect remains at large following the violent death of Alejandro Trevor Johnson, 37, of Glen Burnie, according to the Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD). Police say they found Johnson fatally shot outside an apartment complex Sunday afternoon in Oxon Hill. An investigation revealed the shooting is a domestic-related incident, according to the PGPD. An arrest warrant charges James Howard Braddy, Jr., 35, of the 10000 block of Moreland St. in Fort Washington in first-degree murder, police said, and ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Braddy to contact its Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. For more information, see the PGPD News Blog. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone, or go to the PGPD website and submit a tip online. Sheri ...
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Betsy Isaacson: The Desired Apocalypse
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There's something weirdly appealing about the post-apocalyptic vision. It started with Alan Wiesman's The World Without Us, the gentle disappearance of all humanity on earth, replaced by a flowering New York. It wasn't long before sketches of the post-humanity city appeared in New York Magazine, the focus of a promotion for I Am Legend. The post-apocalyptic city picture became a genre; Tokyo Genso's post-apocalyptic Tokyo went viral, while the post-apocalyptic city pic became a photoshop tutorial. Art took on the post-apocalypse, with Swoon's Swimming Cities of Serenissima invading the Biannalle. Serious books filled the Alan Weisman niche, with Bill McKibben's Eaarth painting a different earth for us to live on, while James Howard Knustler's new much-publicized critique of humanity, Too Much Magic, predicts peak oil, the death of the automobile and the fall of the global economy as we know it. Of course, the strangest thing about this post-apocalyptic obsession is that t ...
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My Favorite Buildings: Don't try building like this anymore. It is against the law.
Buffalo Rising - over 4 years
The North Park Theater building sits at the heart of the growing Hertel Avenue shopping district in Buffalo.  It is one of my very favorite buildings, not because it is a masterwork of some great architect and not because it makes some grand heroic statement, but because its a composition of quiet logical urbanism.  It is a simple background building, city architecture at its best.  It is much beloved in the neighborhood and is the kind of building we should be constructing in multitudes but rarely do anymore.  It is big (Hertel's biggest at 73,000 sf) and is long, filling the entire length of the block.  It is actually made of of three connected buildings constructed in 2 phases. The simpler 2 story east and west wings, with a vaguely Spanish / craftsman style rendered in warm brick and tile, flank the taller more ornate neoclassical / art deco theater entry rendered in gray stone.  The wings are similar but not quite identical which adds visual interest.  The long unbroken b ...
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Restlessness, Leaping Paradigms, and Finding the Leading Edge in LEED
Dissident Voice - almost 5 years
Jason F. McLennan, CEO of the International Living Future Institute (home of the Living Building Challenge, a standard launched by the Cascadia chapter of the Green Building Council in 2006 and intended to push beyond LEED at the time). He just published a memoir about his own effort to live green, Zugunruhe: The Inner Migration to Profound Environmental Change (published by the ILFI’s Ecotone Publishing, 2010) I spoke with Jason about green washing, what the cities of Vancouver, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and others are attempting to do with architecture and urban design. We discussed how difficult it is to launch into a larger discussion about quicker, more all-encompassing ways to mitigate, plan for and design livability for a world that some like James Hansen calls, a world without ice. He just spoke at a BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), business conference that brought “together independent business owners and innovators, local living economy entreprene ...
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Birdbrain Scheme Is Now Big Idea of the Century?
Dissident Voice - almost 5 years
What does a group of 30 “sustainability” professionals do when they run into a pair of two-story-tall common house sparrows? Most of them admire the anatomically correct metal sculptures; a few wonder what’s happening to the actual birds in this neighborhood. It’s July and we’re in a planned community in the heart of Vancouver: green roofs, solar powered trash compactors, LEED gold and platinum architecture. It’s also a Thursday afternoon and hardly anyone is outside. Even with a building occupancy rate of over 70 percent, there is no public activity. No one is around but us and the two 19-foot tall birds, perfectly scaled sentinels of a morphing city. The visit is part of the University of British Columbia’s Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership, a week-long course for professional planners in July. We are hoofing it around the grounds of the Vancouver Olympic Village, the largest LEED-certified platinum neighborhood in North America—also called the world’s greenest athle ...
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Learn from Bogota, Santiago, Cape Town, … and the Seattle Way
Dissident Voice - almost 5 years
The film Urbanized tackles the complexities of cities, with just a few of the rough edges and little of the persnickety organic flow of how cities do, should and will evolve. Sometimes, a movie “review” is a catharsis, or just both barrels aimed at the aimless prognostication of filmmakers co-opted by the growth paradigm and enamored by the so-called “creative class.” I’ll tackle both hernia-inducing topics in several more stories to come, but first some observations while going to and leaving the film, Urbanized. Irony: Going to see the film Urbanized, at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and witnessing in just a few miles of driving from Beacon Hill during the Snow-ageddon of 2012  tow trucks lifting hybrid autos onto flatbeds; Seattle PD patrol vehicles slipping and sliding; a few ice falls by pedestrians; the dull roar of Interstate 5 muted significantly because Seattle shuts down after three-quarters of an inch of snow. Reality: City life, with pho venders literally raki ...
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First SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN Clip Hits; Soundtrack Details Announced
Comic Book Movie - almost 5 years
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron), who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor), who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. While we're on the topic of Snow White And The Huntsman, we now have the details for James Newton Howard's score album, which will be released May 29th (via Film Music Reporter). Click here to preorder your copy of the soundtrack, and also listen to Florence + The Machine's new single "Breath Of Life" which will be on the soundtrack.
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Paved With Good Intentions
DC Streets Blog - almost 5 years
Cross-posted from Strong Towns blog. How can a country that is so wealthy be in such enormous debt? How can a country that can build such marvelous transportation systems not find the money to sustain them? How can a people that enjoyed decades of unrivaled economic hegemony — staggering levels of growth beyond anything seen in human history — be facing such economic turmoil after a couple years of, not even decline, but just slowing growth? The answer to these questions reveal some uncomfortable truths about who we are, how we got here and what options we have for our future prosperity. — I’m struck by how strongly our culture associates growth and prosperity with highway construction and expansion. Tom Friedman, a respected left-of-center columnist with the New York Times, had an entire chapter in his most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America fell behind in the world it invented and how we can come back, devoted to the concept that “our winning equation” is, in part, to ...
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East Valley News: Missing Girl Sought; Man Charged in Girlfriend's Homicide
North Hollywood- Toulca Lake Pat - almost 5 years
Editor's note: These are Police/Fire stories from areas around the San Fernando Valley east of the 405 freeway not covered by Patch. Check North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch, Studio City Patch and Sherman Oaks Patch for new in those areas. Van Nuys The following message was sent out via text alert by the LAPD Van Nuys Division: The family of Nicole Jacqueline Hernandez and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are asking for the public’s help in locating Nicole, who was last seen on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at about 7:30 a.m., when she was dropped off at Vista Middle School, 15040 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys. Nicole is in good health and may have been upset after a disagreement with her mother over a relationship with an older boy. Nicole is a female Hispanic, 12 years old, with shoulder length black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 107 pounds with a slim build. She was wearing a black sweater and blue jeans and black shoes. She ...
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New Arrivals - News Courier
Google News - over 5 years
His great-grandparents are Helen Sammet of Athens, James Howard of Rogersville, Rayburn and Lucille Flannagin and Natalie White, all of Moulton, and the late Charlie Sammet, Christine Howard and Byron White
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“The Fourth Horseman”/“The Time Is Now” - A.V. Club (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And when I worked at that bad office job I've talked about before, I once spent long amounts of time reading sites like Exit Mundi or the blog of James Howard Kunstler, to the point where I started to become fairly worried that the end of all things
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Person of Interest in Louisville death caught in Colorado - WVLT
Google News - over 5 years
James Howard Harmon, Jr., 43, was caught after being pulled over on Interstate 25. Harmon, who was in the back seat, reportedly initially gave the officer a fake name, but his Florida driver's license was found when authorities searched the car
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Newton Howard
  • 2016
    Age 64
    On April 7, 2016, it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would compose the score for the upcoming fantasy drama Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2008 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.
  • 2015
    Age 63
    In October 2015 he was honored with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award during the annual Hollywood in Vienna concert.
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  • 2014
    Age 62
    In 2014, Howard scored two Academy Award nominated films, Nightcrawler and Maleficent.
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    From 2014-2015, Howard saw major success with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when he composed the score for the movie, which included "The Hanging Tree", featuring vocals from actress Jennifer Lawrence.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the highest-charting single from The Hunger Games movies and both Howard's and Lawrence's first chart single.
  • 2012
    Age 60
    From 2012-2015, James Newton Howard scored the music for the critically acclaimed The Hunger Games franchise.
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  • 2010
    Age 58
    In September 2010, he was appointed visiting professor of media composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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  • 2009
    Age 57
    In 2009, he was awarded a Grammy alongside Hans Zimmer for the soundtrack to The Dark Knight.
    More Details Hide Details After being replaced in later seasons, his original theme song for the hit TV show ER returned for the final episode of the series.
    Howard debuted his work for symphony orchestra, I Would Plant A Tree, in February 2009 as part of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival.
    More Details Hide Details The debut took place at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California, with the Symphony under the direction of Carl St.Clair.
  • 2008
    Age 56
    Additionally, in a radio interview from early 2008, Howard revealed that he would collaborate with Terrence Malick "in about a year", a project likely to be the director's upcoming Tree of Life.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was later announced that Alexandre Desplat would provide the score.
    He followed in 2008 with his eighth Oscar nomination for Edward Zwick's Defiance.
    More Details Hide Details He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores for Batman Begins and its record-breaking sequel The Dark Knight. Some of his most recent works are The Happening, his sixth film with M. Night Shyamalan, Blood Diamond, Michael Clayton, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, I Am Legend, Charlie Wilson's War, and the M. Night Shyamalan film adaptation of the Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender.
  • 2005
    Age 53
    On October 14, 2005, it was officially announced that James Newton Howard would replace Howard Shore as composer for King Kong, due to "differing creative aspirations for the score" between Shore and director Peter Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details The resultant score earned Howard his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. His work on Michael Clayton earned him an Oscar nomination.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    Although he concentrates primarily on films, Howard has also contributed music for TV, earning an Emmy nomination in 1995 for his theme to NBC's ratings smash ER (Howard also scored the two-hour pilot); he also provided the themes for The Sentinel and Gideon's Crossing, winning an Emmy for the latter.
    More Details Hide Details He has scored all of Shyamalan's suspense thrillers, The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008), and The Last Airbender (2010), notably dropping the intense, yet subtle, opening credit music for The Sixth Sense from the corresponding soundtrack album.
  • 1986
    Age 34
    During this early foray into film music, he did not entirely abandon his previous musical path and returned for a brief collaboration with Elton John on his Tour De Force of Australia in the fall of 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He conducted both his own and Paul Buckmaster's arrangements during the second half of the set, which focused on orchestrated performances of selected songs from the Elton John catalog. When delving into his family history, twenty-five years after the death of his father, Howard learned that his father was Jewish. He later became a practicing Reconstructionist Jew. Howard scored the surprise blockbuster romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990) and received his first Academy Award nomination for his score for Barbra Streisand's drama The Prince of Tides (1991). Setting the musical mood for numerous films throughout the decade, Howard's skills encompassed a plethora of genres, including four more best original score Oscar nominations, for the Harrison Ford action feature The Fugitive (1993), the Julia Roberts romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (2004), and Michael Clayton (2007). In addition, Howard scored the Western epic Wyatt Earp (1994), Kevin Costner's Waterworld (1995), and Primal Fear (1996). His collaborations on songs for One Fine Day (1996) and Junior (1994) garnered Oscar nominations for Best Song. Along with scoring small-scaled, independent films such as Five Corners (1988), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), and American Heart (1993), Howard proved equally skilled at composing for big-budget Hollywood spectacles, including Space Jam (1996), Dante's Peak (1997) (theme only – score was composed by John Frizzell), and Collateral (2004).
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In 1983, Howard was co-producer, musician (keyboards), and orchestrator of Riccardo Cocciante's album Sincerità.
    More Details Hide Details After briefly touring with Crosby, Stills and Nash, he took an opportunity brought to him by his manager to write a film score for a small-time movie. This career move would lead to his becoming a successful film music composer.
  • 1982
    Age 30
    In 1982, Howard was featured on Toto IV as the strings conductor and orchestrator for "I Won't Hold You Back", "Afraid of Love", and "Lovers in the Night".
    More Details Hide Details A year later, he released the live album James Newton Howard and Friends, which featured Toto's David Paich (keyboards), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Jeff Porcaro (drums), and Joe Porcaro (percussion).
  • 1980
    Age 28
    He was part of the band that played Central Park, New York, on September 13, 1980.
    More Details Hide Details True to his intentions of doing more than just playing the piano, Howard also arranged strings for several of Elton's songs during this period including the hits "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", as well as playing additional keyboards and synthesizers on several of Elton's studio albums, including Rock of the Westies (1975), Blue Moves (1976), 21 at 33 (1980), and The Fox (1981).
  • 1975
    Age 23
    After Howard left college, he joined a short-lived rock band, then worked for a couple of years as a session musician with artists including Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson. In the early 70s, he described himself as being "dirt poor", until his big break in 1975 when his manager got him an audition with Elton John.
    More Details Hide Details He joined Elton's band and toured with them as keyboardist during the late 70s and early 80s.
  • 1951
    Born on June 9, 1951.
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