Peter Howarth


3rd May 1960

Joined The Hollies

October 2004

Acoustic Guitar

Peter Howarth - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved music and I hope I always will. My earliest memory was hearing 'Sugar and Spice and all things nice' when I was about two years old. I remember distinctly holding the record and staring at it in absolute awe and wonder! This very quickly led to an obsession of putting these brightly coloured discs, big and small, onto the 'spinning thing' in the sideboard (the radiogram). I progressed from the listening stage to climbing upon the dining table and singing into the Hoover, along to the inspired sounds of 'The Chipmunks sing the Beatles'.

I started classical Guitar lessons at 7 which I really loved and studied up to Grade 8 but became more and more fascinated with the electric guitar and by the time I was 17, all I ever wanted was to be in the best band in the world.

I explored the many avenues of Rock, Pop and Jazz funk bands as a musician and singer, playing all over Lancashire before embarking on world tours for Cunard and Princess cruise lines. I returned to England and played lead guitar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, on tour and in London.

It was on this tour, I played with a school chum of mine from Blackpool, Gordon Marshall (now playing drums for 'The Moody Blues') who thought it was a great time to form our own band with myself singing lead vocals. We stayed in London and formed 'Sahara'. The album 'Observation' produced by Nigel Gray (The Police/Siouxsie and the Banshees), was remixed by Jim Ebden and released in 1986.

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Whilst in London, I found myself doing more and more work as a session singer singing on everything from jingles for radio and TV, to working on recordings with Robert Plant, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and many others.

You never know what's going to happen on a session. Each one is a unique experience sometimes setting you off on a mini adventure.

One session led to working with 'The Who' in their revival of Quadraphenia, which was performed in London's Hyde Park and Madison Square Gardens, New York. It was during a session for Dan Huff, while he was over in the UK recording with his band Giant, that I was introduced to Steve Farris of Mr Mr, with whom I ended up writing and singing with in Los Angeles, I love that kind of thing!

While singing on a beer commercial, I met Rick Fenn the guitarist of 10cc and a writing partnership was forged. We wrote and produced material under our band name 'Circle Of 4', as well as collaborating with other writers such as Graham Gouldman and Mike Oldfield. We went on to write the musical 'Robin Prince of Sherwood,' which was commissioned and produced by West End impresario Bill Kenwright and enjoyed a West End season at the Piccadilly Theatre, two UK tours and a Christmas season at the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool. This was simply one of the best and most exciting times of my life, especially as I played the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham in the West End and also on tour.

I was and still am, enchanted by the theatre, so when I was asked to portray the legendary Roy Orbison in the 'Roy Orbison Story' I jumped at the chance. I played the Big 'O' for 12 months in London, at the Piccadilly Theatre, the Whitehall Theatre and on three national tours. I loved every minute of it.

For a number of years now, I have been proud to work alongside the legendary Sir Cliff Richard on numerous world tours, DVD's, albums and some memorable concerts, including the Knebworth Festival and 'The Event'.

A recent writing and recording project has involved two other singers from the Cliff Richard band, Mick Mullins and Keith Murrell. We call ourselves 'MHM'.

I love singing, I love writing music, I love playing the guitar, I love performing, I love being in 'The Hollies
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