Howard Jones, Keyboardist Extraordinaire Interview by The Not Old — Better Show

We caught up with Howard recently and talked ELP, his gear, his music and what’s next for the pioneer keyboard artist.

It 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 №3. Then came the second single “What Is Love?” which reached №2, and then Things Can Only Get Better”, and the classic “No One Is To Blame”, which reached №1 in the U.S. singles chart.

Howard Jones, of course, is well-known for these and a series of colossal hit albums and 15 top-40 hit singles throughout the ’80s and ’90s. The British musician’s work also played a pioneering role in the introduction and acceptance of synthesizers and sequencers in pop and rock recordings and performances.

Howard Jones rockin the ‘keytar’ — Herbie Hancock — Thomas Dolby — Stevie Wonder. … Synthesizer Showdown at the 1985 .

It would be easy for Jones to rest on his laurels and rely solely on performing his hits. However, that’s simply not an option for him. Still active, still engaged, highly creative.

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