Bob Howard (born Howard Joyner, June 20, 1906 – December 3, 1986; another source gives his birth date as June 20, 1897) was an American pianist-vocalist on swing records in the 1930s. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Joyner began singing in New York night clubs in the mid-1920s. He began recording in 1931 under his real name for Columbia.
Under the name Bob Howard, he played New York's Park Central Hotel, Famous Door, Hickory House and other clubs as well as theaters. He was signed to Decca in late 1934 and recorded a series of hot small group swing records between 1935 and 1938. His studio groups included Benny Carter, Buster Bailey, Rex Stewart, Ben Webster, Teddy Wilson, Russell Procope, Cecil Scott, Cozy Cole, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Babe Russin and others. Howard did not play piano on his Decca recordings, only sang.
He embarked on European tours as a solo performer. He also had his own radio series in New York in the middle and late 1930s. He remained active in the 1940s, which included performing in a handful of short films (1936–1947). He acted in an episode of Perry Mason in 1959.
In 1948, Howard hosted The Bob Howard Show on CBS, making him the first African-American to host a regularly broadcast network TV show. The program was cancelled after 13 episodes. He also was a regular performer on Sing It Again on CBS-TV in 1950 - 1951.
He later relocated to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He died in the Bronx, New York.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 20th, 1906 (Newton), Died December 3rd, 1986 (The Bronx)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1938
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano
Notes: Original name: Howard Joyner.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 94 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W151785||10-in.||9/14/1931||I'm thru' with love||Howard Joyner||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Columbia||W152082||10-in.||1/19/1932||(I'll be glad when you're dead) You rascal you||Howard Joyner||Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W152083||10-in.||1/19/1932||All of me||Howard Joyner||Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W152302||10-in.||9/20/1932||Sentimental gentleman from Georgia||Howard Joyner||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W152303||10-in.||9/20/1932||Underneath the Harlem moon||Howard Joyner||Male vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W405124||10-in.||1/19/1932||You rascal you (I'll be glad when you're dead)||Skeeter Skoot||Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano||vocalist|
|OKeh||W405125||10-in.||1/19/1932||All of me||Skeeter Skoot||Male vocal solo, with cornet and piano||vocalist|
|OKeh||W405144||10-in.||2/17/1932||Fattening frogs for snakes||Carrie Edwards ; Howard Joyner||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|OKeh||W405145||10-in.||2/17/1932||Hard time blues||Carrie Edwards ; Howard Joyner||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39094||10-in.||11/22/1934||P.S. I love you||Bob Howard||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39095||10-in.||11/22/1934||What a difference a day made||Bob Howard||vocalist, instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||39217||10-in.||1/2/1935||It's unbelievable||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39218||10-in.||1/2/1935||Whisper sweet||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39219||10-in.||1/2/1935||Throwin' stones at the sun||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39220||10-in.||1/2/1935||You fit into the picture||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39253||10-in.||1/16/1935||You're the top, part 2||Decca All-Star Review||vocalist|
|Decca||39387||10-in.||2/25/1935||The ghost of Dinah||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39388||10-in.||2/25/1935||Pardon my love||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39390||10-in.||3/4/1935||Stay out of love||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39391||10-in.||3/4/1935||I' ll never change||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39392||10-in.||3/4/1935||Where were you on the night of June the third?||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39393||10-in.||3/4/1935||(Looks like I'm) Breakin' the ice||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39518||10-in.||5/7/1935||Corinne Corinna||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39519||10-in.||5/7/1935||Ev'ry day||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||39520||10-in.||5/7/1935||A porter's love song||Bob Howard Orchestra||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Howard, Bob," accessed January 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110280.
Howard, Bob. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110280.
"Howard, Bob." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 January 2021.
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