|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||cowhat fav born on september 8|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
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Harlan Perry Howard, 8 September 1927, Michigan, USA, d. 3 March 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Howard was raised in Detroit and began songwriting when he was 12. After graduation, he spent four years as a paratrooper and was able to spend weekends in Nashville. Moving to Los Angeles, his talent was recognized by Johnny Bond and Tex Ritter, who published his early songs. Wynn Stewart recorded You Took Her Off My Hands and Howard had his first US country hit in 1958 with Pick Me Up On Your Way Down for Charlie Walker, which was followed by Mommy For A Day by Kitty Wells. Many songs were recorded by Buck Owens including Above And Beyond, Excuse Me (I Think Ive Got A Heartache), Under The Influence Of Love, Ive Got A Tiger By The Tail (based on a campaign for Esso petrol) and Foolin Around, most of them being co-written with Owens. In 1959 Guy Mitchell...