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Brian Howe

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Bass – Chris Fretwell, Drums – Graham Jessup, Guitar – Andy Fretwell, Bob Snelling, Keyboards – Bob Snelling, Producer – Roger Kennedy, Vocals – Andy Fretwell, Bob Snelling, Chris Fretwell, Written-By – Fretwell*, Snelling*, Brian Howe.
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Born 22 July 1953 Portsmouth, Rock singer and songwriter, Plays guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, bass, harmonica In mid/late 70s he was in a local band called Flyin' Hi which played locally. There definitely was a Portsmouth band called Shy they did the Royal Lodge Summer residency in 1977, also at the Colt International social club in 1979. The Shy in Portsmouth included Brian Howe Bob Snelling Andy Fretwell Chris Fretwell.

Brian Howe with Bad Company (1986–1994)
With Paul Rodgers gone, ex-Ted Nugent vocalist Brian Howe was the new lead singer of Bad Company. His vocal style brought more of a pop-rock sound to the band. For the next Howe-era album, was 1988's Dangerous Age.
The next album, Holy Water, the majority written by Brian Howe and Terry Thomas, was released in June 1990 with enormously successful both critically and commercially.
The final studio album of the Howe days, 1992's Here Comes Trouble, featured the Top 40 hit "How About That" (#38) and "This Could Be The One" (#87). The album went gold. They recorded a live album, What You Hear Is What You Get. The critically acclaimed album, released in November 1993.
Howe left the band in 1994. Regarding his departure from the band, Howe stated: "Leaving Bad Company was not a difficult decision."

Howe played in Iraq and Kuwait entertaining troops in March 2010. Howe's second solo album, The Circus Bar, was released 2010, in the UK with excellent reviews.

with Bad Company

Fame and Fortune (1986)
1. "Burning Up" (Mick Ralphs/Mick Jones)
2. "This Love" (Brian Howe/Andy Fretwell)
3. "Fame and Fortune" (Mick Ralphs)
4. "That Girl" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs)
5. "Tell It Like It Is" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs)
6. "Long Walk" (Brian Howe/Gregg Dechert)
7. "Hold on My Heart" (Brian Howe/Gregg Dechert/Mick Jones)
8. "Valerie" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs)
9. "When We Made Love" (Brian Howe/Simon Kirke/John Bettis)
10. "If I'm Sleeping" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs/Simon Kirke/Gregg Dechert)
Dangerous Age (1988)
1. "One Night" (Mick Ralphs/Terry Thomas)
2. "Shake It Up" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
3. "No Smoke Without a Fire" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
4. "Bad Man" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
5. "Dangerous Age" (Mick Ralphs/Terry Thomas)
6. "Dirty Boy" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
7. "Rock of America" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
8. "Something About You" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
9. "The Way That it Goes" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs/Terry Thomas)
10. "Love Attack" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs/Terry Thomas)
11. "Excited" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
Holy Water (1990)
1. "Holy Water" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
2. "Walk Through Fire" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
3. "Stranger Stranger" (Brian Howe, Simon Kirke, Terry Thomas)
4. "If You Needed Somebody" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
5. "Fearless" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
6. "Lay Your Love on Me" (Mick Ralphs)
7. "Boys Cry Tough" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
8. "With You in a Heartbeat" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
9. "I Don't Care" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
10. "Never Too Late" (Mick Ralphs, Terry Thomas)
11. "Dead of the Night" (Mick Ralphs, Terry Thomas)
12. "I Can't Live Without You" (Mick Ralphs, Terry Thomas)
13. "100 Miles" (Simon Kirke)
Here Comes Trouble (1992)
1. "How About That" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
2. "Stranger Than Fiction" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
3. "Here Comes Trouble" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
4. "This Could Be the One" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
5. "Both Feet in the Water" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs/Dave Colwell/Terry Thomas)
6. "Take This Town" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
7. "What About You" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
8. "Little Angel" (Brian Howe/Mick Ralphs/Terry Thomas)
9. "Hold on to My Heart" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
10. "Brokenhearted" (Brian Howe/Terry Thomas)
11. "My Only One" (Simon Kirke/Larry Dvoskin)


Tangled in Blue (1997)
1 I Remember You
2 Where'd She Come From
3 Touch
4 Tangled In Blue
5 Just Because
6 Here They Come Again
7 All I Want Is You
8 How Does It Feel
9 I Will Find A Way
10 Don't Ask Me Why

Touch (2003)
1 I Remember You (Brian Howe, Mark Spiro)
2 Where'd She Come From
3 Touch
4 Tangled In Blue
5 Just Because
6 Here They Come Again
7 All I Want Is You
8 How Does It Feel
9 I Will Find A Way
10 Don't Ask Me Why
11 How It Could Have Been(Brian Howe, Jeff Carlisi)

Circus Bar (2010)
I'm Back
Life's Mystery
There's This Girl
Could Have Been You
How It Could Have Been
My Town
How 'Bout That (new version)
Feels Like I'm Coming Home
If You Want Trouble
Holy Water (new version)
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Ardent Pompey had heart attack by STEVE DEEKS The News 9th May 2020

POMPEY fan and rockstar Brian Howe has died after suffering a heart attack. The Portsmouth-born lead singer of rock band Bad Company who was involved in takeover attempts at Fratton Park, died aged 66 at his Florida home in America on Wednesday The outspoken vocalist had recently fallen off a motorbike and fractured ribs and punctured a lung before discharging himself from hospital as he feared catching coronavirus.
Mr Howe’s death was con?rmed by family and friends. The musician, who had also suffered a heart attack in 2017, was born in St Mary’s Hospital in Milton in July 1953, and went to New Road Infants’ School, Binsteed Juniors and North End Secondary School.
Comments from distraught fans and friends poured in on the musician's Facebook page. '
Jerry Scott Adler wrote: ‘I was hoping it was just a rumour about Brian passing away, but one of my musician friends just messaged me about it. So sad. He was such a cool guy R.I.R Brian.’ Jeffery Robert Abernathy said: ‘One of the best singers who ever got on stage. God be with you.’ Others were disbelieving at the news. Tammy Workman said: ‘Please tell us you are OK! I woke up and seen you were not and was sick to' my stomach.’

Just six days before his death, he told one friend who asked how he was: ‘Horrible. Broken ribs are NO fun.’ The former frontman was involved in a number of takeover attempts at Pompey that ultimately did not materialise. His most recent foray into saving the club came in 2012 with his American businessman partner Vincent Wolanin.
But the chairman of American ?rm Top Notch Entertainment pulled out without telling Howe, leading to the rockstar telling The News: ‘If he (Vincent) wanted to give up then I wish he had told me first. I believe in common courtesy that he would have consulted with me first. ‘I’m not in agreement with letting my football club die.’ Never afraid to speak his mind, Mr Howe was recently critical of Pompey owner Michael Eisner and even some fans.

Mr Howe’s career took off when he joined Bad Company in 1983 with him leaving in’1994 after writing the platinum-selling record Holy Water in 1990 and goldselling album Here Comes Trouble two years later.

Brian Howe, Former Bad Company Singer, Has Died 5/7/2020 by Gary Graff of Billboard

Brian Howe of Bad Company backstage during the 26th Annual PollStar Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 21, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Brian Howe, the former lead singer of English hard rock supergroup Bad Company, is dead at age 66, Billboard can confirm. Howe's manager and friend Paul Easton says the onetime Bad Company singer was not easily satisfied. "He was always trying to push himself to be better," Easton told Billboard after news broke of Howe's death on Tuesday (May 5) from a cardiac arrest. "Anybody else who sang like him would be thrilled. But I'd call him after a show and he'd go, 'I could've done better." That was just him. nothing was ever good enough. He was always pushing."

Howe, who was 66, was born in Portsmouth, England and established his reputation as a powerhouse vocalist with bands such as Shy and White Spirit. He came to the U.S. and joined Ted Nugent's band in 1983 after producer Ashley Howe (no relation) heard him on a recording; Brian Howe sang on Nugent's 1984 album Penetrator, but left over business issues. "Brian was a good friend and wonderfully gifted vocalist and songwriter," Nugent tells Billboard by email. "We have kept in touch all these years and became good friends, hoping to collaborate on new music. We are very sad and he will be missed, but his musical gifts will last forever."
Two years later, Howe was recruited by Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke to join a rejuvenated version of Bad Company, replacing original frontman Paul Rodgers for an eight-year run that started with 1986's Fame and Fortune. "We wanted to make a good, modern, up-to-date rock 'n' roll record," Ralphs explained at the time. "There were songs I had written, songs Brian had written. We had quite mishmash in there."

Howe was with Bad Company through 1994, releasing five albums with the group -- one platinum and two gold – and hits such as “Holy Water,” “No Smoke Without a Fire,” “Shake It Up” and How About That." In announcing his departure he said that "it had got to the point where nobody was contributing anything to songwriting and quite frankly the band was getting very, very sloppy live. I quite simply...got tired of doing all the work and then getting nothing but resentment for it."
Neither Ralphs, Kirke nor the Bad Company camp responded to requests for comment about Howe's death. Howe went on to release three solo albums as well as a single, "Hot Tin Roof," in 2017. He also co-wrote "I'll Get Even" for Megadeth's 1997 album Cryptic Writings. He suffered a near fatal heart attack in 2017 but was back to work a few months later and had recently been working on new music -- including a haunting piano ballad about mortality called "Going Home."
This week's heart attack in Lake Placid, Fla., where Howe resided, was preceded by a scooter accident during late April in which he punctured a lung and broke four ribs. Howe is survived by a son, two daughters and three grandchildren, as well as his sister Sandie.

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Brian Howe obituary, Lead singer of the hard rock group Bad Company
Adam Sweeting Wed 13 May 2020 The Guardian

Brian Howe’s powerful voice and commanding stage presence enabled him to stamp his authority on Bad Company after he joined the group in 1986.

The vocalist and songwriter Brian Howe, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, became best known for his work with the British hard rock group Bad Company, which he joined in 1986 as the replacement for the departed singer Paul Rodgers, formerly vocalist with Free. Howe had been thrust into the rock’n’roll limelight a couple of years previously when he put in a stint as lead vocalist with the US guitarist Ted Nugent’s band, touring the US with them and appearing on the album Penetrator.

He made four studio albums with Bad Company. After a slow start with Fame and Fortune (1986), their fortunes improved steadily with Dangerous Age (1988), then reached a peak with Holy Water (1990), a million-selling album in the US which produced the major hits If You Needed Somebody and Walk Through Fire. Though Rodgers, one of the great rock vocalists, was a difficult act to follow, Howe’s powerful voice and commanding stage presence enabled him to stamp his authority on the group.

As the music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz wrote: “Brian Howe emoted. It had that special sauce, the je ne sais quoi, you know, the sound that penetrates your gut and hooks you, that you want to turn up as you bounce around the house with that guitar shaking the walls, this is the power of rock and roll.”

Howe was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, to Sheila (nee Kaye) and Laurence, a welder and a semi-professional singer who performed pop hits in local clubs at night. Brian’s first public performance was singing the Perry Como hit Catch a Falling Star at a talent show when he was three.

As a teenager, he sang with a glam-rock band, Mighty Glad, and later joined the local bands Flyin’ High and Shy. Moving to London, he joined the hard rockers White Spirit in 1981, though they split up the same year. Howe’s sole recorded legacy with White Spirit was the track Watch Out, which appeared on a reissue of their eponymous 1980 album in 2005. Over the years, he was involved in several attempts to take over Portsmouth FC, though none of them came to fruition.

Howe had been regularly sending tapes of his own work to Atlantic Records. After countless rejections, this paid off in 1983 when the Atlantic A&R executive Richard Steinberg and record producer Ashley Howe (no relation) played one of Howe’s tapes – he had recorded it in a DJ booth at a local Portsmouth radio station – and thought he could make a suitable vocalist for Ted Nugent’s band. Howe was flown to New York and auditioned successfully for Nugent, though not before he had made a detour to Bud Prager’s office.

Prager co-managed Bad Company but also managed the hugely successful group Foreigner, whose co-founder Mick Jones was a fellow Portsmouth native and a friend of Howe’s. Howe’s bid to become Foreigner’s vocalist came to nothing, but the audition for Nugent led to him singing lead vocals on what would become the Penetrator album before setting out on tour with him. The Nugent band sustained a hectic schedule of six shows a week with some additional matinees thrown in, for which Howe had rashly offered to accept a wage of £300 a week.

But Howe wanted to write as well as sing, and jumped at the chance to join Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke from Bad Company, who planned to form a new band after the departure of Rodgers. They wanted to give the band a different name, but were pressured by Atlantic and their management into keeping Bad Company because of its prior commercial success, the band’s previous six albums having reached the US Top 30. Their first attempt, Fame and Fortune, was co-produced by Jones and Foreigner’s producer Keith Olsen, and moved away from the previous hard rock sound while adding additional keyboards and saxophone. It failed to make the US Top 100.

They fared better with Dangerous Age. The band now included the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Terry Thomas, who put the emphasis back on guitars and gave the band a hard-rock strut for which Howe’s hoarse, dynamic vocals were the perfect match. Howe and Thomas were also becoming the band’s dominant songwriters. The album reached the US Top 60.

Their big breakthrough was Holy Water (1990), which reached No 35 on the Billboard album chart. As well as the chart hits If You Needed Somebody and Walk Through Fire, several other tracks received heavy radio play. However, tension was mounting between Howe and the other members. The guitarist Mick Ralphs commented later that “it was like a producer [Terry Thomas] working with a singer, and they basically commandeered the songwriting, and the producer decided how he was going to make the record sound.”

Problems were exacerbated when they made their last album together, Here Comes Trouble (1992). This saw a dramatic drop in sales from its predecessor, despite the Top 40 hit How About That. Howe’s last recordings with the band were on the What You Hear Is What You Get live album, recorded on their 1992 US tour. “We finished the Here Comes Trouble tour in Orlando,” Howe said in 2001. “I looked about the stage and said, ‘This is the last time I’m ever gonna have to work with you jerks.’” He left the band in 1994.

From his home in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, he embarked on a solo career, releasing his first album, Tangled in Blue, in 1997. The follow-up, Touch, appeared in 2003, and in 2010 he released Circus Bar. In 2017 he released the single Hot Tin Roof on his own label, Howe’s Business. He had been touring with his own band this year until the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the shutdown of concert venues.

In September 2017 he suffered a near-fatal heart attack while driving his car, after which he had two stents fitted. On 30 April he broke several ribs in a motorcycle accident, but discharged himself from hospital. Reflecting on his career last year, he said: “Basically, it was a lovely ride. It’s fantastic to be accepted as a guy who can write songs that people actually like… It’s a very strange, surreal life. But it’s incredible… I’ve loved my life.” He was married twice, to Debbie and Carla, but was divorced from both. He is survived by his son, Michael, and daughters, Victoria and Ella, his grandchildren Kira, Alexandria and Aurora, and a sister, Sandie.

• Brian Anthony Howe, singer and songwriter, born 22 July 1953; died 6 May 2020

Brian's father Lawrence was part of the Odds and Ends Concert Party during the war.

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