b. Howard Williams Johnson, 28th November 1956, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Howard Johnson hails from Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
He began his career singing in local bars and clubs.
In one small Miami bar he was spotted by Sandy Torano who was looking to form a group.
howard johnson and sandy torano a.k.a niteflyte (circa 1979)
niteflyte - 1979 / niteflyte - 1981
In 1977, they formed Niteflyte and signed to Ariola for two albums.
He remained with the group until the early '80's when he signed with A & M Records as a solo artist.
keepin love new - 1982 / doin' it my way - 1983
His debut solo album, 'Keepin' Love New' (produced by Kashif, Paul Laurence Jones and Morrie Brown) was released in 1982 and featured the Top 50 UK hit 'So Fine'.
The title track was particularly popular in the U.K.
vision - 1985 / johnson and branson - 1989 / packed and waitin' - 2002 / jet black casanova - 2013
In 1986 he recorded a duet 'Perfect Timing' with Donna Allen for her album, before returning to A & M in 1989 as one half of Johnson & Branson, a collaboration with Regis Branson.
The album contained the excellent 'She Still Loves Him'.
Howard has kept a low musical profile throughout the Nineties, however, re-surfacing in 2002, with Regis Branson again, for the album 'Packed & Waitin' on Soul Japan Records.
Niteflyte (Ariola Records 1979)
Niteflyte (Ariola Records 1981)
Keepin' Love New (A & M Records 1982)
Doin' It My Way (A & M Records 1983)
The Vision (A & M Records 1985)
as Johnson & Branson:
Johnson & Branson (A & M Records 1989)
Packed & Waitin' (Soul Japan Records 2002)
Jet Black Casanova (www.howardjohnsonmusic.com 2013)