Harlan Howard

Real Name:
Harlan Perry Howard
Profile:
Prolific American songwriter, principally in country music (September 8, 1927 - March 3, 2002).

In a career spanning six decades, Howard wrote a large number of popular and enduring songs, recorded by a variety of different artists. Howard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.
Howard was born in 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up on a farm in Kentucky. As a child he listened to the Grand Ole Opry radio show. In later years Howard recalled the personal formative influence of country music:

I was captured by the songs as much as the singer. They grabbed my heart. The reality of country music moved me. Even when I was a kid, I liked the sad songs… songs that talked about true life. I recognised this music as a simple plea. It beckoned me.

Howard completed nine years of formal education, though he was an avid reader. When he was 12 years of age Harlan began writing songs, "an enthusiasm fuelled by an appetite for books and an ear for a telling phrase.”

After serving as a paratrooper with the United States Army, he went to Los Angeles, California, hoping to sell his music.

He did manual labor while writing songs and pushing his finished material. Eventually he sold some of his compositions and, after a few minor successes, his song, "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down", recorded by Charlie Walker, went to No. 2 on the country music charts in late 1958. A year later Ray Price had a major country hit with "Heartaches By The Number"; simultaneously a pop version of the song performed by Guy Mitchell went to No. 1 on the pop chart. Buoyed by these two major hits, Howard moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1960. Bringing along a large portfolio of compositions, he signed a contract with Acuff-Rose Music. Howard's songs were so immediately successful that in 1961 alone he had 15 of his compositions on the country music charts, earning him ten BMI awards. Among his biggest hits was "I Fall to Pieces", co-written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Patsy Cline. Cline also recorded his "He Called Me Baby", which was later a #1 C&W hit for Charlie Rich as "She Called Me Baby". He also wrote the classic Kingston Trio song "Everglades", and the song "Busted", originally a hit for both Ray Charles and Johnny Cash and later a hit for John Conlee who's used the song to create awareness for Feed the Children.

Howard formulated the oft-quoted definition of a great country song: "Three chords and the truth."

Howard was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997. He died in 2002, aged 74, and was buried in Nashville City Cemetery.
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Albums

ST 1631 Harlan Howard Sings Harlan Howard — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Sings Harlan Howard (Album) Capitol Records ST 1631 US 1961 Sell This Version
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MLP 8038 Billboard Award Album — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Billboard Award Album (Album) Monument MLP 8038 US 1965 Sell This Version
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LPM 3729 Mr. Songwriter — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Mr. Songwriter RCA LPM 3729 US 1967 Sell This Version
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LSP 3886 Down To Earth — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Down To Earth RCA Victor LSP 3886 US 1968 Sell This Version
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NRLP-105 To The Silent Majority With Love. — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard To The Silent Majority With Love. Nugget (3) NRLP-105 US 1971 Sell This Version
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TLP-0001 Nashville's Master Songwriters Sing Their Hits — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard / Allen Reynolds / John Schweers / Danny Dill Harlan Howard / Allen Reynolds / John Schweers / Danny Dill - Nashville's Master Songwriters Sing Their Hits(LP) Triple I Records TLP-0001 US 1977 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

4612 We're Proud To Call Him Son / Legion Of The Lost — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard We're Proud To Call Him Son / Legion Of The Lost (Single) Capitol Records 4612 US 1961 Sell This Version
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4813 I Ain't Got Nobody / Ramblin' Son-Of-A-Gun — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard I Ain't Got Nobody / Ramblin' Son-Of-A-Gun (Single) Capitol Records 4813 US 1962 Sell This Version
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4682 Wishin' She Was Here (Instead Of Me) — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Wishin' She Was Here (Instead Of Me) (Single) Capitol Records 4682 US 1962 Sell This Version
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4928 My Baby's His Baby Now — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard My Baby's His Baby Now(7", Los) Capitol Records 4928 US 1963 Sell This Version
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45-849 Time To Bum Again — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Time To Bum Again (Single) Monument 45-849 US 1964 Sell This Version
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45-864 The Deepening Snow — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard The Deepening Snow (Single) Monument 45-864 US 1964 Sell This Version
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45-864 The Deepening Snow — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard The Deepening Snow(7", Single, Promo, Ind) Monument 45-864 US 1964 Sell This Version
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45-907 Busted / The Everglades — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Busted / The Everglades(7", Promo) Monument 45-907 US 1965 Sell This Version
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45-919DJ Another Bridge To Burn — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Another Bridge To Burn(7", Single, Promo) Monument 45-919DJ US 1966 Sell This Version
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47-9252 Take It And Go — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Take It And Go (Single) RCA Victor 47-9252 US 1967 Sell This Version
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47-9352 It's Nothing To Me — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard It's Nothing To Me RCA Victor 47-9352 US 1968 Sell This Version
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Mn45-1207 Too Many Rivers — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Too Many Rivers(7") Monument Mn45-1207 US 1970 Sell This Version
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NR 1058 Sunday Morning Christian / That Little Boy Who Follows Me — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Sunday Morning Christian / That Little Boy Who Follows Me (Single) Nugget (3) NR 1058 US 1971 Sell This Version
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NR 1060 Uncle Sam (I'm A Patriot) — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Uncle Sam (I'm A Patriot) (Single) Nugget Records (2) NR 1060 US 1971 Sell This Version
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47-9535 Where Were You When I Was Young / Old Podner — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Where Were You When I Was Young / Old Podner RCA Victor 47-9535 US Unknown Sell This Version
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45-883 What's Left Of Me — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard What's Left Of Me Monument Record Corp. 45-883 US Unknown Sell This Version
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NR 1058 Sunday Morning Christian / That Little Boy Who Follows Me — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Sunday Morning Christian / That Little Boy Who Follows Me(7", Single, Mono) Nugget (3) NR 1058 US Unknown Sell This Version
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47-9535 Where Were You When I Was Young / Old Podner — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Where Were You When I Was Young / Old Podner(7") RCA Victor 47-9535 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

MILL 5001 Singer And Songwriter — Harlan Howard Harlan Howard Singer And Songwriter(LP, Comp) Mill Records MILL 5001 Sweden 1981 Sell This Version

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duke4172

March 9, 2020
edited over 3 years ago
Harlan Howard wrote a different version of Pick Me Up On Your Way Down he wrote the one recorded by Charlie Walker he DID NOT write the Pick me up on your way down that was recorded by Patsy Cline they are 2 totally different songs! The one recorded by Patsy was written by Written by Burton Levy, Glenn Reeves,& Mae Boren Axton Patsy Never recorded any Harlan Howard Songs while she was with 4star because she had to record songs published by 4star Publishing!

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