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Jan Howard

Through The Years

Box Set


Jan Howard was once told that she would be great in a Soap Opera, laughing she replied, "My Life is a Soap Opera". Jan's third husband was recently departed Mr Songwriter…Harland Howard, which ended in divorce in 1967. Jan has suffered several hardships and tragedies in her life, the greatest being the loss of two sons. Jan is still touring today and can be found most weekends playing the prestigious Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

This tempting box set finds four CDs, three holding 22 tracks each and the fourth with 14 tracks. A 16-page booklet is also included in the set, containing facts and numerous photos of Jan from the age of nine until the present time. Included are several publicity shots and photos taken from her early career. Also to be found are photos of Jan's family, leisure pursuits and Jan alongside many of her friends in show business.

This exciting collection takes us back as far as the late 1950's highlighting Jan's early career and Jan Howard comes right up to date. Two warm and engaging duets are featured with her first duet partner Wynn Stewart, 'We'll Never Love Again' and 'Wrong Company'. We are also treated to eight first-class duets with "Whispering" Bill Anderson, who Jan toured and worked with for seven years on his syndicated TV series, with the duo being nominated for CMA Duet Of The Year.

'Pick Me Up On Your Way Down' (Harland Howard) was #2 in the charts for Charlie Walker in 1958, but Jan also recorded it on the small Sundown label drawing much airplay on the radio. Jan own success in the charts came with 'What Makes A Man Wander' on the Decca label, followed by 'Evil On Your Mind' (Grammy Nominated) written by Harland Howard, with 'They Listened While You Said Goodbye' being the first song that Harland wrote as a teenager. Amongst Jan's many Top Ten hits were 'Bad Seed', 'Rock Me Back To Little Rock' and 'The One You Slip Around With' came from an earlier shared recording session with Wynn Stewart. Jan's own prowess as a noted songwriter includes the bluesy 'Love Is A Sometime Thing'.

The fourth disc contains 14 tracks on a more hallowed sentiment. 'My Son' (Grammy Nominated) written by Jan is dedicated to her son Jimmy who died while serving his country in Vietnam. 'I Am' is another song close to Jan's heart; written by her middle son Corky. Other tracks to be found in this reverent section include the likes of 'God Bless America' and 'The Pledge Of Allegiance'. 'I Believe' stands next to country hymns 'How Great Though Art' and 'The Old Rugged Cross'. On the sacred reverence Jan offers 'Nearer My God To Thee', 'The Twenty Third Psalm' and 'The Lord's Prayer'.

Jan Howard was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry on 27 March 1971 and continues to perform there most weeks, often including duets with her good friend "Whispering" Bill. Don't leave it too late to purchase this box set, as it is a limited edition, numbered and personally autographed by Jan Howard. With far too many sensational tracks to mention in this unreserved treasure, there is something for everyone, giving testament to Jan Howard's polished and clear breathtaking vocals.