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EDDY HOWARD ORCHESTRA*East Dubuque, IL

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Updated October 16, 2009

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Dance Ticket information for the Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg, Iowa

Historical Website for the Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg, Iowa

(Part 1) East Dubuque Register, September 26, 2008: Elegant evening with EDDY HOWARD ORCHESTRA benefits park, Personal from Pearl:

(Part 2) East Dubuque Register, September 26, 2008: Elegant evening with EDDY HOWARD ORCHESTRA benefits park, Personal from Pearl:

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Mr. & Mrs. Ron Evert of Madison, WI travel far and often to attend dances in the Tristate area

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Professional Ballroom/Theatre Dancers Milo & Deborah Felger of Fort Wayne, IN were passing through, saw the Eddy Howard Orchestra on the marquee at Buck's Barn and decided to stay for the dance.  A polite young couple, they were a delightful boost to the thrill of this big band dance in rural northwest Illinois.   We hope they'll visit Savanna again and attend a future dance.  Wow!

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Mr. Gerald Accola of East Dubuque, Illinois obtained the 1941-59 Eddy Howard big band music library in 1994 from local band leader Maury Germain who was a personal friend of Eddy Howard.  Mr. Germain obtained the Eddy's library directly from Eddy in 1959.  Maury Germain also was the trombone player for his own band that was The Larry Foster Orchestra.
 
In 1941, Eddy Howard bought out the Billy Baer Orchestra that was headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Hil Radthe was the piano player for Billy Baer.  Hil stayed with Eddy Howard after Eddy bought the band and worked for Eddy as the main arranger.
 
In 1959, Eddy retired for one year and moved to San Jose, California.  After one year of retirement, Eddy formed a new, slightly smaller, Eddy Howard Orchestra.
Mr. Gerald Accola proudly points out that he carries Eddy's larger orchestra instrumentation and arrangements.
 
After Eddy Howard's sudden death on May 23, 1963 in California,  Mr. Norm Lee and Hil Radthe were given all rights to The Eddy Howard name in 1971 by Eddy's widow Jane Howard.
 
Mr. Accola has sought to find Eddy's daughter without success.  Mr. Accola would appreciate any help in contacting Eddy Howard's daughter Lynn in Arizona.  For now, Mr. Accola operates his band as Memories of the Eddy Howard Orchestra.  Dancers who are at least 70 years of age may remember the Eddy Howard Orchestra playing at the Dubuque,  Iowa Melody Mill Ballroom and The Royal Palais in Galena during the 1940's and 1950's.

Mr. Accola says his big band is strictly disciplined in playing the exact style of Eddy Howard. Mr. Accola's big band re-opened the Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenburg, Iowa in April 2001. Select PHOTOS/ARTICLES AREA DANCEHALLS/THEATRES to view and read more about the 1927 Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenburg, Iowa.

For information on tickets, times, and reservations call (563) 252-1355 or email lakesideballroom@yahoo.com. Mastercard and VISA accepted.

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EDDY HOWARD Orchestra at the Roosevelt Grill, 1955 (Craig's Big Bands & Big Names)

The Song Remains: EDDY HOWARD

Your Songs: EDDY HOWARD

b. 12 September 1914, Woodland, California, USA, d. 23 May 1963, Palm Desert, California, USA. After attending San Jose State College and Stanford University Medical School, Howard sang on radio and worked with bands led by George Olsen, Tom Gerun and Ben Bernie, eventually becoming the resident crooner with the Dick Jurgens Orchestra in 1934. Howard spent nearly six years with Jurgens, and had hits with "My Last Goodbye" and "Careless", both his own compositions. In 1941, after a short spell as a solo act, he formed his own band, basing its style on the popular Isham Jones Orchestra. This brought him success with "To Each His Own", "My Adobe Hašienda", "I Wonder, I Wonder", "An Apple Blossom Wedding" and "Now Is The Hour", all Top 20 recordings. In 1949 Howard signed to Mercury Records, and during the early 50s supplied the label with such major hits as "Maybe It's Because", "Be Anything, But Be Mine", "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" and "Sin". Beset by ill health, Howard decided to go solo again, though he did re-form his band later and made a slight impression on a rapidly changing music scene with his final success, "The Teenagers Waltz".