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about howard jones
Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Howard Jones' music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s.
Howard Jones attended several schools in England including Leicester, and Rugby, Cardiff in Wales and of course High Wycombe. He went to the Royal Grammar School where he got ten "O" and two "A" levels. (Howard said, "They served me no purpose whatsoever") And despite his music teacher advising him not to take music "A" level he formed his first band called Warrior. Warrior drew its musical influences from bands like Genesis, and Emerson Lake and Palmer. Howard describes the music as being Electro Classical Rock!
Howard Jones enrolled in the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester in 1974, where he studied classical piano. Whilst he was there he earned extra money doing the night shift on Piccadilly Radio. Every 20 minutes between Midnight and 6am he would play a selection of his own music, on a synthesizer. The sessions were supposed to be purely instrumental, but on occasions Howard Jones could not resist singing, and as a result had several phone calls... to complain!!!
Howard Jones used to give piano lessons. It is there he met Jan Smith, who he later married. It was whilst they was selling fruit and veg off the back of a van that a runaway vehicle crashed into the van, injuring Jan. She wasn't hurt badly, but Howard persuaded her to claim compensation. She used the money to buy Howard a synthesizer. The Shop delivered two by mistake and Howard liked the combination of the two so much, that he paid for the extra one. The shop knows him as "Honest Howard"!
Howard began performing as a solo artist, in the clubs and pubs in High Wycombe. It was at one of these shows that Howard noticed Jed Hoile dancing and performing mime to his songs. This was the start of a very impressive visual partnership that continued to 1987.
Howard Jones continues to be an active musician, producer and performer and records in his own studio, and lives in Somerset, England.