He could have been a doctor, it would seem. But Eddy Howard, who dropped out of Stanford Medical School in the early 1930s to pursue his musical dream, would instead become one of the most-loved crooners of his era.
The California-born Howard began his professional career as a big band singer, first appearing with Dick Jurgens’ band and others. By the war years he was fronting his own group and was also hitting the recording studio with regularity.
He’s probably most remembered for his first number-one hit, “To Each His Own,” which he recorded for the movie of the same name, but other big sellers included “For Sentimental Reasons,” and “Moonlight Becomes You.” He was also a talented songwriter, with many familiar ballads like “Careless,” “If I Knew Then,” and “My Last Goodbye.”
Howard’s success would continue into the 1950s, but — as with many of his contemporaries — the rising popularity of rock and roll would signal the beginning of his lessening record sales. Still, he would remain a popular draw on the nightclub circuit and was beginning to regain some career traction when he unexpectedly died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1963, just 48 years old.