Tommy Howard was a native of Big Sandy, Texas. While growing up,
he learned to play instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, bass
and steel guitar while performing with his uncle's band (an article
we found did not name his uncle's band).
When he was 16 years old, tommy lost his left hand at his job
at a lumber mill. This didn't stop his musical aspirations as he
then later formed his own band and concentrated on his vocal work.
As his career went on, they mentioned he lead the staff band
for the "East Texas Hillbilly Roundup". (No mention of where or when
In 1950, he moved to California. There, he had a disc jockey show over
KHSH out of Chico, California and was singing with a band on Saturday
nights at a place called "The Barn" in Orland, California.
The article mentioned he was married and had three kids by that time.
Credits & Sources
- Country Song Roundup No. 37; March 1955;
American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT