ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Happy birthday to Englewood native and noted musician Doug Howard.
Howard was born May 2, 1956 and turned 60 on Monday.
Howard was the only child of actor Patience Jarvis and opera singer Joseph E. Howard Jr. He is the fifth generation of a family of entertainers.
Howard attended Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, at which time he was introduced to Ernie Isley of the famed music group The Isley Brothers, who gave him his first bass lessons.
He left Dwight Morrow High School to pursue a music career after landing a job as a bassist backing the Phil Spector group The Crystals.
Howard would later sign his first recording contract with Atco Records to be the bassist in the band Touch in 1979.
The band's debut self-titled album registered several No. 1 hits on the charts in UK and Europe, but the group broke up soon after.
Currently Howard is the founder and managing partner of Lodestar Entertainment — a music and video licensing and publishing company — and performs with a number of bands, including the all star band SpoonBread.