Randy Howard (country singer)

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Randy Howard
Born
Randall Lamar Howard

(1950-05-09)May 9, 1950
DiedJune 9, 2015(2015-06-09) (aged 65)
Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States
Cause of deathshot and killed
NationalityAmerican
Occupationmusician
Known forCountry music

Randall "Randy" Lamar Howard (May 9, 1950 – June 9, 2015) was an American singer,[1] songwriter, guitarist, publisher and producer. His music involved Outlaw country, Traditional country, Old Southern gospel, Blues and Christian Country.

Early life[edit]

Randy Howard was born May 9, 1950 in Macon, Georgia.[2]

Career[edit]

Howard worked as a disk jockey and program director at WDEN radio in Macon, Georgia.[3] He also appeared on television. He formed the company Utopian Enterprises in 1973 and produced a number of records.[4][5]

As a recording artist, Howard released seven albums and CDs, all of which have charted in both national and international trade magazines. His album All American Redneck was listed in BillBoard's Top Album Picks in 1983.[6]

As a writer, Howard's songs were recorded by The Geezinslaw Brothers, Robin Lee and Hank Williams III.

Hank Williams III's CD Straight to Hell features Randy Howard's song entitled "My Drinkin' Problem" [7] which Stephen King, as Pop of King, included in his TOP 10 MUSIC PICKS A~LIST in Entertainment Weekly.

Howard appeared on Nashville Now, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America and USA Today.

On June 9, 2015, Howard was shot and killed at his home in Lynchburg, Tennessee during an altercation with bounty hunter Jackie Shell.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

  • All American Redneck, Warner Brothers.[10][11]
  • Now & Then, Utopian Label
  • Not Plugged In, Utopian Label
  • Randy Howard, Atlantic Records
  • Macon Music, Hitsound,{Europe}
  • Randy Howard Live, Paul Hornsby and Randy Howard
  • The Best of Randy Howard, Paul Hornsby and Randy Howard
  • “ A Pair Of Knees”, Randy Howard and Paul Hornsby. CD released 2017 posthumous by the estate of Randy Howard

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (October 6, 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 44–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (May 1989). Joel Whitburn's top country singles, 1944-1988: compiled from Billboard's country charts, 1944-1988. Record Research. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-89820-070-6.
  3. ^ "Utopian in Georgia. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (January 13, 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 32–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ "Macon forms Country Effort". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (April 28, 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 17–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  5. ^ "Macon Music Utopia Gets Life Insurance". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (May 25, 1974). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 45–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (March 26, 1983). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 60–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ "The Grandson Also Rises: Hank Williams Iii Tries His Hand At The Family Business". Chicago Tribune, September 15, 1996|By Jack Hurst
  8. ^ "Country singer Randy Howard’s shooting death sparks scrutiny of bounty hunter laws". Max Blau June 16, 2015
  9. ^ "Outlaw Country Singer Randy Howard Dies in Shootout With Bounty Hunter". Taste of Country, By Sterling Whitaker June 11, 2015
  10. ^ Harry L. Watson; Larry J. Griffin (April 28, 2008). Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader. Univ of North Carolina Press. pp. 320–. ISBN 978-0-8078-8646-5.
  11. ^ "Majors ready Barrage of new Artists". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (January 29, 1983). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 82–. ISSN 0006-2510. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)