Posted by on 21/02/2014
He doesn't worry about calling Sir Paul McCartney 'Sir' because the Beatles legend considers Howie Casey a mate from way back.
Who is Howie Casey?
The saxophinist extraordinaire who picked up his 'sax' as a 17 year old has a musical history that spans decades and includes countless milestones.
He originates from Liverpool, but has lived in Bournemouth since 1979.
Howie Casey was born July 12 1937. He was influenced by people like Gerry Mulligan, Stan Kenton and Stan Getz who he was introduced to by his cousin John,.
He says he loved the sound of the saxophone, especially in the big bands and ' just had to be one of those guys doing a solo with the sax.'
After playing the sax for about a year Howie decided to go to the Liverpool recruitment office and apply to join the band of the King's Regiment.
His application was accepted and he's never stopped blowing his saxophone, playing alongside some of the world's biggest music stars including: Paul McCartney (Wings); The Who; PAL, (PaiceAshtonLord) ABC; Chuck Berry; Carl Perkins; Jimmy Ruffin; Cliff Richard; Roy Young Band; Marc Bolan; Wilson Picket and Ringo Starr.
You will hear Howie Casey's saxophone on albums such as ‘ Band on the Run’‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’, ‘Back to the Egg’ and ‘Wings over America’. He has also appeared on albums with ABC; Marc Bolan; PAL; Elkie Brooks; Cliff Richard; The Who; Sandi Thom; Ashton, Gardner, Dyke; and many more.
Howie Casey is playing at the Waihi Beach Hotel this Saturday and fans of the Beatles, Wings, The Who and David Bowie are in for a real treat.
It was a pleasure to welcome Howie Casey into the Gold FM studio for a chat this morning.
Click play to hear the interview.
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