He could have been a doctor, it would seem. But Eddy Howard, who dropped out of Stanford Medical School in the early 1930s to pursue his musical dream, would instead become one of the most-loved crooners of his era.
The California-born Howard began his professional career as a big band singer, first appearing with Dick Jurgens’ band and others. By the war years he was fronting his own group and was also hitting the recording studio with regularity.
He’s probably most remembered for his first number-one hit, “To Each His Own,” which he recorded for the movie of the same name, but other big sellers included “For Sentimental Reasons,” and “Moonlight Becomes You.” He was also a talented songwriter, with many familiar ballads like “Careless,” “If I Knew Then,” and “My Last Goodbye.”
Howard’s success would continue into the 1950s, but — as with many of his contemporaries — the rising popularity of rock and roll would signal the beginning of his lessening record sales. Still, he would remain a popular draw on the nightclub circuit and was beginning to regain some career traction when he unexpectedly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1963, just 48 years old.
Eddy Howard – “To Each His Own”
6 thoughts on “Choosing Crooning Over Medicine – Eddy Howard”
Boy, this brought back a flood of memories. This was one of my mother’s favorite songs and singers. I remember as a young boy sitting on the floor in front of the big old record player and playing my mom’s old 78’s. This one by Eddy Howard was in the mix and I would play it often. “To Each His Own” is a really great song and it soon became one of my favorites.
When Tony Williams and the Platters came along, who could do no wrong in my eyes, even after hearing their version of “To Each His Own” I remained faithful to the Eddy Howard version.
Now that you mention it, I’m pretty sure we had the record at our house too.
Thanks for writing.
What Alan said above. You have such a way of pressing certain buttons sometimes! Cozy, little-boy memories. And it’s nice to have these old songs showcased as stand-alones–it’s like hearing them for the first time. I never noticed before what a very high and light tenor Howard was.
Me too, Ralph — re Howard’s very nice singing voice. I remembered the name but hadn’t really listened that closely before.
At long last, I found a copy of a song that I hadn’t heard in years, and no one – since the days of
rock ‘n’ roll settled on the world like a grey pall – seemed to know about, or remember, but now,
I am transported to much more serene past, listening to the pleasantly bouncy tune, “I Wonder,
Wonder, Wonder” being sung so delightfully by Eddy Howard! Suddenly, the world is so much
And here it is, for those who would also like to hear it. Thanks for writing, Roberta.