Harlan Howard

Date: 1991 June 25
Length: 55 min.
Call Number: OHC149


Songwriter. Born September 8, 1927. Died March 3, 2002. Full name: Harlan Perry Howard. His songwriting credits include “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down,” “Heartaches by the Number,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Why Not Me.” Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1991 June 25
(55 minutes)
Songwriter Harlan Howard participates in an interview for the Country Music Foundation-compiled Patsy Cline Collection (MCA, 1991). Discussion includes his first meeting with Cline; Cline’s work on his song “I Fall to Pieces”; Cline’s recording style on “Crazy”; memories of songs he wrote that were recorded by Cline; Cline’s dry spell after “Walkin’ After Midnight”; his experiences as a Nashville songwriter during the early 1960s; Cline’s style vs. the style of Brenda Lee; comments on the characteristics of a great singer; and the continuing popularity of Patsy Cline.