One of the most highly regarded, all-time favorite classic country songwriters, Harlan Howard cracked into the Nashville elite in the late 1950s, composing classics such as "Heartaches By The Number," "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," "I Fall To Pieces," "Busted," and dozens of other hits recorded by dozens of major artists. Howard was briefly married to singer Jan Howard, and recorded several albums, which are included below. Here's a quick look at his work...
Harlan Howard "Country Music Hall Of Fame 1997" (King, 1997)
This CD includes nine of the twelve tracks from Howard's 1971 album, "To The Silent Majority With Love."
Harlan Howard "Harlan Howard Sings Harlan Howard" (Capitol, 1961) (LP)
Harlan Howard "All-Time Favorite Country Songwriter" (Monument, 1965)
A much-welcome reissue of this solo album recorded by master songwriter Harlan Howard, whose late-'50s ascendancy into Nashville's inner circle took the country world by storm. Here Howard gets to take a crack at a dozen of his best early songs, tunes that were first recorded by the likes of Ray Price, Buck Owens, Charlie Walker and Patsy Cline. Howard's modest voice gets a robust, Buck-like backup, jaunty, upbeat arrangements and he matches it with a pretty punchy performance himself. It's fun stuff!
Harlan Howard "Mr. Songwriter" (RCA Victor, 1967) (LP)
Harlan Howard "Down To Earth" (RCA Victor, 1967) (LP)
Harlan Howard "To the Silent Majority With Love" (Nugget, 1971) (LP)
Harlan Howard "Singer And Songwriter" (1981)
Waylon Jennings "Waylon Sings Ol' Harlan" (RCA, 1967)
A tribute to fabled Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard, who is seen posing with Waylon on the cover... I'm not sure if Howard plays on this album as well, but it sure is a cool early work from ol' Waylon.
Buck Owens "Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard" (Capitol, 1961)
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