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Bad Company Singer Brian Howe Dead at 66

The British vocalist and singer-songwriter suffered a cardiac arrest on May 6th in Florida

Rolling Stone India May 07, 2020

Brian Howe on stage in 2010. Photo: Staff Sgt. Daniel Yarnall

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One of the powerhouse vocalists from the Eighties and Nineties, Brian Howe — best known for his work with artists like Ted Nugent and rock supergroup Bad Company — died on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest, TMZ reports. He was 66 years old.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe,” said Paul Easton, Howe’s longtime friend and manager in a statement.

Part of four albums between 1986 and 1993 with British rock group Bad Company, Howe had replaced veteran vocalist Paul Rodgers in the band, previously working on American rocker Ted Nugent’s 1984 album Penetrator. With Bad Company, Howe featured on notable hard rock hits such as “If You Needed Somebody,” “This Love,” “Fame and Fortune,” “Shake It Up” and “No Smoke Without a Fire.” His final album with the group came in 1992, with Here Comes Trouble.

Leaving the band in 1997 owing to creative differences, Howe went on to release and write music on his own. Between three solo albums and a stand-alone single “Hot Tin Roof” (2017, via his own label Howe’s Business), Howe is also credited as a co-writer on Megadeth‘s 1997 song “I’ll Get Even.”

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