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Howard Jones Interview

Howard JonesIt was in 1983 that Howard Jones released his first single "New Song" in the UK. The expectation was that it might sell a few thousand copies and introduce his fresh new music to an unsuspecting world. The reality was quite different. The single steadily climbed the UK chart to peak at No. 3. Then came the second single "What Is Love?" which reached No. 2 in the UK and the third single, the enigmatic "Hide and Seek", which showed the spiritual side of Howard Jones' writing. This was followed by the first album Human's Lib which came straight in at No. 1 in the UK in April 1984, eventually going platinum and which took the synthesizer and Howard to a new plateau. This success spread across the globe with Human's Lib going gold in USA, Japan, Germany, Italy and Australia. The second album Dream Into Action was even more successful spawning a series of hits including "Like To Get To Know You Well", "Look Mama", "Things Can Only Get Better", and the classic "No One Is To Blame", which reached No. 1 in the U.S. singles chart. It has since had over 3 million radio plays in USA. Dream Into Action went platinum in USA and remained in the US top 20 album chart for the better part of a year - making Howard Jones one of the very few British artists to have comprehensively "broken" America in the past 25 years. He performed "Hide and Seek" at Live Aid in 1985, and in 1986 Howard was voted Keyboard Player of the Year in Rolling Stone magazine. In 1987 and 1989 he toured the world extensively, headlining Madison Square Garden in New York, the Forum in LA and The Budokan in Tokyo. He currently is touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first album release.

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