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Before forming his own orchestra, Eddy Howard performed with the Ben Bernie, George Olsen and Dick Jurgens orchestras. He was at onetime a sideman with Tom Gerun's band in San Francisco when three other performers, Ginny Simms, Woody Herman and Tony Martin shared the bandstand with him. A composer as well as a bandleader, Eddy first clicked with his 1939 recording of "My Last Goodbye." Sales of that song were spurred by a story circulating that Howard wrote the song for his wife who had died the year before. Actually, she didn't, but the momentum had already begun.

Tips on Tables - Robert W. Dana - September 30, 1955

Howard Brings His Band to Roosevelt

"I'll Get By" is an old standard that will never be forgotten as long as romance remains in this world. eddy howardNor will it ever be sung with more sweet expression than by Eddy Howard, who has opened with his band in the Roosevelt Grill, there to remain until Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians open their annual engagement on Nov. 4.

Bandsingers may come and go, but three of the greatest to my ears have always been Eddy Howard, Eddie Stone and Woody Herman, band leaders all. You can hark back to the early days of radio and remember the thrill of recognizing one of these distinctive voices, voices, with personality.

Wanted to Play Here.

Eddy Howard, good friend of Guy Lombardo and a graduate of the Ben Bernie, George Olsen and Dick Jurgens orchestras, had always wanted to lead his own band in the Roosevelt Grill. Charles White, the Roosevelt's manager, had always wanted him to play the room.

So there you are, and here's the band; four brass, five reeds, three rhythm, with a special band within a band featuring Dixieland tunes and novelties and vocals by Eddy and his trio.

After playing Chicago's Aragon Ballroom about six months a year, as well as the Palladium in Hollywood, it has taken Eddy a few days to get used to the smaller confines of the Roosevelt Grill. He and the sound mechanics of the room seemed to be in good accord the other night as he opened his first dance set with "Tenderly," "Sleepy Time Gal," "Cuddle up a Little Closer" and "Lady Be Good" among others.

Hit Composer, Too.

Band leader Howard is also composer Howard. To his credit are such Hit Parade tunes as "My Last Goodbye," "Careless," "If I Knew Then," "A Million Dreams Ago," "Just For You" and "Now I Lay Me Down to Dream."

Eddy is also a Mercury recording artist of the first water, waxing about 15 sides a year. His singing style became famous a few years ago when his recording of "To Each His Own" topped the three-million mark. He also gained attention with such best-sellers as "My Adobe Hacienda," "Rickety Rickshaw Man," "Ragtime' Cowboy Joe" and "Sin."

The Howard Orchestra plays nightly except Sundays, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., with Tommy Purcell's orchestra performing as the alternate band from 9:3O P.M. until closing. During the Roosevelt Grill engagement the Eddy Howard orchestra will broadcast Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30 to 11 p.m. over the CBS radio network.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
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Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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