Howard Jones









Howard Jones

Howard Jones

was born as John Howard Jones on February 23, 1955, in Southampton, Hampshire, U. K.. His early years were spent in Stockenchurch, which is near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for a year. When Howard was only seven years old he took piano lessons and joined his first band at the age of fifteen. He also gave piano lessons when he was still young. One of his pupils was a girl named Jan Smith, whom he later married. Howard and Jan were involved in an automobile accident and Jan was compensated for it. She bought Howard a synthesizer with some of the money. He performed at solo in local clubs in High Wycombe. He signed with WEA Records in 1983.

Howard released his first single called, New Song, in September, 1983 and it hit the Top 5 in the U. K. And the Top 30 in the U. S.. Over the next 12 months he released 4 more hits and a number 1 hit album called, Humans Lib, in the U. K.. The album went gold and platinum in a number of countries. His mother and father controlled his large fan club. In 1984, Howard released a single called, Like To Get To Know You Well. The single was a worldwide hit. The same song appeared in the movie, Better Off Dead and also used on the computer game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

The second album that Howard released was a remix that contained 6 songs. One of them had not yet been released. The album was called, The 12 Inch Album, and the sleeve showed Howard standing next to a 12 inch ruler. He released his second studio album in 1985 and with it he had his own backing band. The members included the female backing trio called Afrodiziak. They included Caron Wheeler and Claudia Fontaine. Caron went on to gain success with the band called Soul II Soul. Claudia became a well known backup singer. Howard’s brother, Martin, played the bass guitar and also Phil Collins as the drummer and producer. The song Dream Into Action was a big hit worldwide. Howard and his band performed at Wembley Stadium as an act in the Live Aid Concert, in July, 1985. Howard played his 1984 hit song, Hide and Seek, while he played the piano. After that he went on a world tour which included Japan, Australia, and the U. S. And his performances were a sell out to large audiences.

Howard released his last U. K. Top 40 hit in 1986 which was, All I Want. He continued to be somewhat successful in the U. S. After that. He also produced, wrote, and also was successful operating a vegetarian restaurant called, Nowhere. In the early 1990's he released more hits on the Billboard charts in the United States. He played keyboard for Ringo Starr in 2001 and also assisted others as well as continuing his solo recording. He has released a total of 15 albums and 20 singles to date.