Me and the boys from The John Sally Ride can never get together without talking about either the New York Yankees, or obscure singer-songwriters who sound like a cross between "Hunky Dory"-era David Bowie and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"-era Elton John, with a touch of Al Stewart and Scott Walker. This past week, thanks to both Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Maida, I discovered the latter, Mr. John Howard.
Signed to CBS in 1973, Howard was groomed for stardom, but the BBC refused to play the first single, "Goodbye Suzie," from his debut "Kid In A Big World," deeming the suicidal theme too depressing. And that was that. It never happened. He released two more solid records for CBS and continues to sing and record to this day.
There's more to his story, but I am not his biographer. I am just crazy about "Kid In A Big World," which features both Rod Argent and Bob Henrit from Argent. Here is a trio of tracks to get you started. "Kid In A Big World"was just reissued on the You Are The Cosmos label, if you're interested.