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The Best Of

Eddy Howard

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Album Review

The Best of Eddy Howard is a single-disc, 25-track overview of his romantic pop hits recorded in the late 1940s. Among the standards interpreted by the vocalist are "The Nearness of You," "How Deep Is the Ocean?" "Stardust," and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." While this is a decent sampler, it omits too many hits. The Best of Eddy Howard: The Mercury Years is the better purchase and contains "To Each His Own," "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," and "My Adobe Hacienda."

Biography

Born: 12 September 1914 in Woodland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Mild romantic balladeer Eddy Howard was a huge name in the 1940s and early '50s. Reeling off a few dozen hit singles in the post-war years, he rarely went uptempo or derivated from good-natured paeans to heart-to-heart bliss. Howard left Stanford Medical School in the early '30s to join Dick Jurgens' band as a vocalist, and recorded eight hits with Jurgens in 1939 and 1940. During this era, he also made some small-band jazz sides under John Hammond's auspices at Columbia; Teddy Wilson and Charlie...
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