Howard Wyeth


Howard Wyeth

Infobox musical artist
Name = Howard Pyle Wyeth


Img_capt = Wyeth's album of ragtime and stride
Img_size =
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = birth date|1944|4|22|mf=y
Died = death date and age|1996|3|27|1944|4|22|mf=y
Origin = Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Instrument = drums, pianos
Genre = rock, stride, ragtime, jazz, blues, zydeco

Howard Pyle Wyeth (April 22 1944March 27 1996), also known as Howie Wyeth, was an American drummer and pianist. Wyeth is remembered for work with the saxophonist James Moody, the rockabilly singer Robert Gordon, the electric guitarist Link Wray, the rhythm and blues singer Don Covay, and the folk singer Christine Lavin. Most well known as a drummer for Bob Dylan, he was a member of the Wyeth family of American artists.cite web
author= Chapo, Andy
title= Howie Wyeth: A Musical Life - 1944-1996
date= November 21 1999
url= http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/
accessdate= 2007-02-18
]

Family

Wyeth was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His mother Caroline Pyle was interested in the Wyeth family, flirted with some of them, and married Nathaniel C. Wyeth.cite web
author= Gopnik, Adam
title= "Pictures Great," His Publisher Told Him", review of "N. C. Wyeth" by David Michaelis
publisher= New York Times
date= November 15 1998
url= http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E0DD123EF936A25752C1A96E958260
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] Wyeth's father was the first person ever named senior engineering fellow at DuPont, the company's highest technical position. Nathaniel invented or co-invented twenty five products, the most popular being the recyclable plastic beverage bottle, which he patented in the 1970s.cite web
author= Lemelson-MIT Program
title= Inventor of the Week Archive: The plastic soda bottle
date= August 1998
url= http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/wyeth.html
accessdate= 2007-02-18
and cite web
author= Fowler, Glenn
title= N. C. Wyeth, Inventor, Dies at 78; Developed the Plastic Soda Bottle
publisher= New York Times
date= July 7 1990
url= http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CEEDE163EF934A35754C0A966958260
accessdate= 2008-03-29
] Biographer David Michaelis found less evidence than some local residents who were inclined to think Wyeth's mother and grandfather N. C. Wyeth carried on a relationship. His mother passed away in 1973 and later his father married Jean Grady in 1984.

He had four brothers, John, David, N. Convers, and Andrew, and one sister, Caroline who died very young.cite web
author= New York Times
title= Howard Wyeth, 51, A Rock Drummer
date= March 29 1996
url= http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9806E0DA1539F93AA15750C0A960958260
accessdate= 2008-03-29
] A fifth brother, Newell died with N. C. Wyeth when their car stalled on a railroad crossing near their home and they were struck by a milk train.

Wyeth married once, to Rona Morrow, and later divorced. Catherine Wheeler was his partner for seventeen years, from his mid-thirties on.

The Wyeths are a family of visual artists and, earlier, illustrators who lived and worked together in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Including the Hurds and the McCoys, at least eleven artists are among the family and in-laws.cite web
author= Stevens, Willam K.
title= Sketching the Wyeth Dynasty
publisher= New York Times
date= November 23 1986
url= http://select.nytimes.com/search/restricted/article?res=F50713FB355E0C708EDDA80994DE484D81
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] Wyeth was the namesake of his great-uncle Howard Pyle (1853–1911), the artist and illustrator for "Harper's Weekly" and the author of "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" and four volumes of children's stories about King Arthur. His grandfather N. C. Wyeth was a student of Howard Pyle and a prominent illustrator of children's books for Charles Scribner's Sons. His grandmother Ellen Pyle was an illustrator of children for "The Saturday Evening Post" who married Walter Pyle, Howard's younger brother. He was the nephew of the painters Andrew Wyeth, Henriette Wyeth and Carolyn Wyeth.cite web
author= Gopnik, Adam
title= "Pictures Great," His Publisher Told Him", review of "N. C. Wyeth" by David Michaelis
publisher= New York Times
date= November 15 1998
url= http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E0DD123EF936A25752C1A96E958260
accessdate= 2007-02-18
and cite web
author= Curtis Publishing
title= Featured Artists
date= est. 1888
url= http://www.curtispublishing.com/other-artists/default.htm
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] Wyeth's father Nathaniel often called himself "the other Wyeth" because N.C. and Andrew Wyeth were so well known.

Early years

Wyeth was the son of music lovers—his father enjoyed playing ragtime. He learned drums by age 4 and soon on a piano could repeat songs he had heard. He attended the Wilmington Friends School where his music teacher helped him decide to be a musician. Fats Waller was Wyeth's greatest influence, leading him to learn stride piano and music theory. He studied percussion with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and received a bachelor's in music at Syracuse University in 1966.

Wyeth played at various times in the bands the Dogs and the Worms after moving to New York City in 1969.cite web
author= CD Baby
title= Kevin Trainor
url= http://cdbaby.com/cd/ktrainor
date= 2002
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] In 1972 on a solo album by John Herald co-produced by Bob Neuwirth for Paramount, Wyeth played with Amos Garret, Steven Soles, Ned Albright and Rob Stoner.cite web
author= Herald, John
title= John Herald Albums and CDs
date= undated
url= http://johnherald.com/albums.shtml
accessdate= 2007-02-21
]

"Desire"

Listen
filename=Hurricane (song)-Desire-1976.ogg
title= "Hurricane" from Bob Dylan's "Desire", 1976. Luther Rix on congas.
description= 30 second sample (reduced quality)
format=Ogg
Stoner brought Wyeth to drum on "Desire" in July 1975, a decision that satisfied Dylan who said, ""Your drummer sounds great, it sounds great."cite web
author= Heylin, Clinton
editor= via Andy Chapo.
title= Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions 1960-1984
publisher= St. Martin's Griffin
date= date unknown
url= http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/rollthdr.html
accessdate= 2007-02-21
] The songs were co-written with Jacques Levy, and the personnel were Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano), Vinnie Bell (bouzouki), Scarlet Rivera (violin), Dom Cortese (accordion), Stoner (bass, background vocals), Wyeth (drums), Luther Rix (congas), and Emmylou Harris, Ronee Blakley and Soles (background vocals). In September 1975, a few months before the album release in January, Dylan, with Rivera on violin, Stoner on bass and Wyeth on drums, performed "Hurricane", "Oh, Sister" and "Simple Twist of Fate" for the PBS tribute to John Hammond recorded at the WTTW television studios in Chicago.cite newsgroup
title = The World of John Hammond TV special 9/10/75
author = Howells, John
date = May 15 1991
newsgroup = rec.music.dylan
id = 991May15.204054.3549@riacs.edu
url = http://groups.google.com/group/rec.music.dylan/msg/d89c0d9223f17a3e
accessdate = 2007-02-19
]

The group found themselves with a Billboard #1 pop album, the last Dylan effort to reach that mark for thirty years until 2006 when he released "Modern Times".cite web
author= Hasty, Katie
title= Dylan Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1976
publisher= "Billboard"
date= September 6 2006
url= http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003117383
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] Robert Christgau who distrusted the project thought the song "Joey" was "deceitful bathos," and Dave Marsh called "Joey" "elitist sophistry" and "contemptible,"cite web
author= Marsh, Dave
title= Album Reviews: Desire
publisher= "Rolling Stone"
date= 2004
url= http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/bobdylan/albums/album/233227/review/6067796/desire
accessdate= 2007-02-20
] but "Rolling Stone" counted "Desire" the 174th greatest album of all time. "Desire" eventually reached RIAA multi-platinum, selling over two million copies before its re-release in 2003.cite web
author= Recording Industry Association of America
title= Press Room
date= May 26 1999
url= http://www.riaa.com/news/newsletter/press1999/052699.asp
accessdate= 2007-02-20
]

The project is remembered for its "loose and swirling" sound and the songs "Isis", "Sara", "Hurricane", "Black Diamond Bay" and "Oh, Sister".cite web
author= Sony
title= "Desire" reissue notes via Amazon
url= http://www.amazon.co.uk/Desire-Bob-Dylan/dp/B000026933
date= March 6 1989
accessdate= 2007-02-18
and cite web
author= Collected review excerpts, Super Seventies RockSite!
title= Bob Dylan - Desire
url= http://www.superseventies.com/spdylanbob3.html
date= 1996-2007
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] Sony credited Wyeth as an accompanist with an "uncannily sympathetic ear." Larry Sloman called his drumming ethereal. "Billboard" said Stoner and Wyeth were one of the strongest rhythm sections in music.

Rolling Thunder Revue

Dylan, Levy and Neuwirth conceived the Rolling Thunder Revue in New York in 1975.cite web
author= Collected authors: Clinton Heylin, Larry Sloman, John Herald Web site
editor= Chapo, Andy (ed.)
title= The Desire Album
date= undated
url= http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/rollthdr.html
accessdate= 2007-02-20
] The revue toured the United States during the end of 1975 and first half of 1976, and at two of those shows recorded the live album "Hard Rain" released in 1976. They are the musical performers in the "Hard Rain" documentary by TVTV shown on NBC in 1976, and in the film Renaldo and Clara released in 1978. About one hundred people traveled including supporting personnel.cite web
author= Kokay, Les via Olof Björner
title= "Songs of the Underground: a collector’s guide to the Rolling Thunder Revue 1975-1976"
date= 2000
url= http://www.bjorner.com/Underground.htm
accessdate= 2007-02-18
] The recording artists were Dylan and Joan Baez (vocal & guitar), Blakley (vocal), Gary Burke (drums), T-Bone Burnett (guitar), David Mansfield (steel-guitar, mandolin, violin, dibro), Roger McGuinn (guitar, vocal), Neuwirth (guitar, vocal), Rivera (violin), Rix (drums, percussion, congas), Mick Ronson (guitar), Soles (guitar, vocal), Stoner (bass) and Wyeth (piano, drums).cite web
title = "Live 1975": Liner Notes
author = Sony BMG Music Entertainment
date = 2007
url = http://www.bobdylan.com/moderntimes/linernotes/live1975.html
accessdate = 2007-02-19
and cite web
title = "Hard Rain": Liner Notes
author = Sony BMG Music Entertainment
date = 2007
url = http://www.bobdylan.com/linernotes/hardrain.html
accessdate = 2007-02-19
]

Joni Mitchell, who flew in to sing for one show, nearly left, but when she told Wyeth goodbye, he was hurt, "And I suddenly realized, more than anybody Wyeth's reaction was so heartfelt, his expression of it was so open. Like it's just his soul is so beautiful. And I stayed."cite book
author= Sloman, Larry
title= On The Road with Bob Dylan
publisher= Three Rivers Press
isbn= 1400045967
date= 2002
]

Isaac Hayes, Richie Havens, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills and Stevie Wonder joined the band, who named themselves Guam, for a show in Houston. With bad acoustics and the Astrodome only half full it was a "monumental flop." According to Wyeth the newcomers brought their own bands, "They weren't doing it the way we'd been doing it. We lost the whole togetherness thing."cite web
title = Warehouse Eyes - Hard Rain
author = James, Peter
date = 2003-2006
url = http://warehouseeyes.netfirms.com/hardrain.html
accessdate = 2007-02-19
]

In pouring rain, the "Hard Rain" recordings for television and most of the live album were made outdoors at Colorado State University's Hughes Stadium in 1976 at Fort Collins, Colorado. The show was "triumphant" and well received, one reviewer calling "Idiot Wind" the "most passionate and emotional live performance" Dylan had ever made. Stoner said, "...everybody is playing and singing for their lives, and that is the spirit that you hear on that record." Due to low ticket sales, the Rolling Thunder Revue ended two days later in Salt Lake, Wyeth's final concert with Dylan and this band.cite web
title = Still On The Road: 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue II
author = Björner, Olof
date = Updated 2006
url = http://www.bjorner.com/DSN03275%201976%20Rolling%20Thunder%20Revue%20II.htm
accessdate = 2007-02-19
]

Later years

McGuinn loved the tour and turned to the studio with Mansfield, Ronson, Stoner and Wyeth to record "Cardiff Rose". Burke, Burnett, McGuinn, Ronson, Soles and Wyeth are among the cast of thirty five musicianscite web
author= Jan Hoiberg, Webmaster
title= Kinky Friedman: Lasso from El Paso
date= undated
url= http://theband.hiof.no/albums/lasso_from_el_paso.html
accessdate= 2007-02-21
] who recorded "Lasso from El Paso" for Kinky Friedman who was a guest artist in the revue.cite web
author= Chapo, Andy
title= Howie Wyeth - The Desire LP and the Rolling Thunder Revue
date= November 21 1999
url= http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/rollthdr.html
accessdate= 2007-02-21
] Sony continues to release Dylan's music so the Rolling Thunder Revue artists are credited long after they disbanded. Their work is in "Masterpieces" (1978), "The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991" (1991), "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 3" (1994), "Best of Bob Dylan" (1997), "" (2002), and "Desire" (remastered 2003).cite web
author= All Music Guide
title= Howie Wyeth credits 1970-2005
date= 2007
url= http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:be5j8qtbbtq4~T4
accessdate= 2007-02-17
]

Wyeth recorded four albums with Gordon, as well as albums with Don McLean, Leslie West and Moody. He is the drummer on Lavin's "Attainable Love" released by Philo in 1990cite web
author= All Music Guide via Barnes & Noble
title= "Attainable Love"
date= 2006
url= http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?ean=11671113227
accessdate= 2007-02-21
] and the pianist on "Warmer Days", a song written by John Popper on the 1990 A&M album "Blues Traveler".cite web
author= Official Blues Traveler Web Site
title= Blues Traveler - 1990
date= undated
url= http://www.bluestraveler.com/albumLyrics.php?aid=1
accessdate= 2007-02-21
] Later he led his own groups on piano, playing ragtime, blues and early jazz.Listen
filename=Howie Wyeth-Ain't She Sweet.ogg
title= "Ain't She Sweet" from a medley on Howie Wyeth's "Chadds Ford Getaway", 2003
description=30 second sample (reduced quality)
format=Ogg
"Chadds Ford Getaway" was Wyeth's one solo recording of ragtime and stride piano. It was remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound and released as a two-CD set in 2003 by Stand Clear Music. Among the fifteen medleys are lesser-known works alongside "Ain't Misbehavin'", made famous by Fats Waller, and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag".cite web
author= Wyeth, Howie
title= Chadds Ford Getaway
publisher= Stand Clear Music Group, via CD Baby
date= 2003
url= http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/wyeth
accessdate= 2007-02-17
]

Mansfield and Wyeth played on Chris Harford's Elektra album "Be Headed" in 1992 with a host of others. After Wyeth's death, Harford released a piano instrumental "Ode to Howie Wyeth".cite web
author= chrisharford.com
title= Band of Changes
date= 2000
url= http://www.chrisharford.com/music/music_boc.html
accessdate= 2007-02-20
and cite web
author= "After Dark"
title= CD Reviews
date= undated
url= http://www.chrisharford.com/music/music_cd_reviews.html
accessdate= 2007-02-20
]

Wyeth died of cardiac arrest at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan on March 27 1996. He was 51.

Notes

External links

*cite web
author= Chapo, Andy
title= Howie Wyeth: A Musical Life - 1944-1996
date= November 21 1999
url= http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/
accessdate= 2007-02-17

*cite web
title = Howie Wyeth - Discography
author = Chapo, Andy
date = November 21 1999
url = http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Performance/2780/discography.html
accessdate = 2007-02-19

*cite web
author= All Music Guide
title= Howie Wyeth credits 1970-2005
date= 2007
url= http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:be5j8qtbbtq4~T4
accessdate= 2007-02-17


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