Thursday, January 10, 2008

Harlan Howard, songwriter

Harlan Perry Howard (September 8, 1927 - March 3, 2002) was born in Detroit, Michigan, he began writing country music at a young age. After serving as a paratrooper with the United States Army, he went to Los Angeles, California, hoping to sell his music. Among his biggest hits was "I Fall to Pieces," co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline and the song "Busted", a hit for both Ray Charles and Johnny Cash. Harlan Howard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. He died in 2002, aged 74, and was buried in Nashville City Cemetery.

"Tiger By The Tail" performed by Buck Owens & the Buckeroos
Words and Music by Harlan Howard and Buck Owens

"Busted" performed by Ray Charles
Words and Music by Harlan Howard

"I Fall to Pieces" performed by Patsy Cline
Words and Music by Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran

"Streets of Baltimore" performed by Bobby Bare
Words and Music by Harlan Howard and Tompall Glaser

"Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" performed by Del McCoury Band
Words and Music by Harlan Howard


At January 11, 2008 at 2:14 AM , Blogger Dennis Glaser, the Georgia Geezer said...

I am a first cousin of Tompall, and grew up with him in Nebraska. After a career as a newspaper editor and publisher, I worked in the music biz during the 70s, part of that time with Tom and Waylon during the formative years of the "outlaw" era. I was a guest in Harlan's home one evening to enjoy his new purchase, a big screen projection TV. By the way, his doorbell, a gift from his then-wife, played "Heartaches by the Number." Anyway, "Streets of Baltimore" has always been one of my favorites.==Dennis Glaser, author of "A Geezer's Guide to the Universe"

At January 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Alex said...

Thanks for posting, Dennis! What a great anecdote!


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