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Arthur Howes

Male 1924 - 1987  (62 years)

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  • Name Arthur Howes  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 23 Mar 1924  Chapel Lane, Yaxley, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Arthur Howes BC
    Arthur Howes BC
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 29 Sep 1939  [1
    Railway Checker 
    Residence 29 Sep 1939  149 Broadway, Yaxley, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Between 1955 and 1975 
    Music Promoter 
    Death 12 Feb 1987  [4
    • the date appeared as an announcement of a memorial service at All Souls, Langham Place, London on 8 Apr 1987.
    Died 12 Feb 1987  Camden RD, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Excerpt from the book: "The History of Live Music in Britain Volume 1: 1950-1967" by Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Matt Cloonan and Emma Webster:

      "Howes also first entered the live music business as a dance-band promoter. He was born in 1924 in Peterborough, orphaned and then adopted by parents in Yaxley. At the age of 20 he enlisted in the navy, where, according to his personal assistant Susan Fuller, he met up with several fellow serviceman who had worked in the entertainment industry. After the war he returned to Peterborough, and by the 1950s was regularly promoting dances in local halls and dance-band concerts in Peterborough's Embassy cinema. He was one of several regional promoters in Britain ... who would buy individual dates for touring bands from London-based agents ...

      Howes began to distinguish himself from the crowd of smaller regional promoters in the second half of the 1950s, as he took on higher profile, more ambitious and presumably lucrative tours. By 1955, he had expanded his activities beyond Peterborough; now he began to diversify into rock'n'roll and youth pop package tours...

      Howes was the exclusive promoter of Britain's biggest pop star, Cliff Richard, and, although still based in Peterborough, by the beginning of the 1960s he had become nationally well known...
      When Brian Epstein was looking to book the Beatles on a national tour in 1962, Howes was, therefore, obviously someone to approach. Howes invited the band to Peterborough to play a test event, a support slot for Frank Ifield at the Embassy on 2 December 1962. The crowd (there fotr Ifield) did not appreciate the Beatles' performance, but Howes was impressed and offered them a contract giving him first option on all their subsequent British tours ...

      If the Cliff Richard tours had not already done so, the success of the Beatles' tours from 1963 to 1965 confirmed Howes' status as the biggest pop promoter of his time."
      Turns out that the book was wrong! Once we obtained his birth certificate, we can see that Arthur was illegitimate
    Person ID I110748  ONS
    Last Modified 3 Dec 2020 

    Mother Bertha Howes,   b. 31 Jul 1907, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt May 1947, Bury St Edmunds RD, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Family ID F49079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Mar 1924 - Chapel Lane, Yaxley, Cambridgeshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Sep 1939 - 149 Broadway, Yaxley, Cambridgeshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Feb 1987 - Camden RD, London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1956] 1939 Register, findmypast.com, ancestry.com.

    2. [S480] BMD register (England & Wales) - deaths - multiple sources.

    3. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.

    4. [S3024] The Stage, 1987 Mar 12.

    5. [S11] Birth cert.