Saturday, 12 November 2011

BGO to Spread Wings with Steve Howard

#269: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) will know that Yours Truly KJS recentlyreviewed the new album from Bubble Gum Orchestra (alias the multi-talented Michael Laine Hildebrandt) entitled "Out Of This World" and also published an interview with this fine songwriter; musician and producer too.

Recommended: Bubble Gum Orchestra
Review: Out Of This World (Bubble Gum Orchestra)
Interview: Michael Laine Hildebrandt (Bubble Gum Orchestra)

Mike has just contacted me with some exciting BGO info that further cements those strong links between ELO and The Beatles and he'll soon be posting this news on his BGO web site soon:

Former Paul McCartney and Wings trumpet and flugelhorn player (1975-1980) Steve Howard has just confirmed that he will be performing on a new BGO song for their next new studio album which is due for release late 2012 or early 2013! Steve will be recording using the actual horn he used all throughout the "Wings Over America" and "Wings over Europe" tours back in the seventies. This is also the horn he played at Abbey Road Studios for the studio recordings of those classic songs: "Silly Love Songs""Let 'Em In" and "Coming Up". The title of that new BGO song is "Blowin' Away". MLH told me that he is a personal friend of SH and that he now actually owns THE horn pictured above. The guys over at Blue Violin Studios sent me the above photograph of Paul and Steve backstage in Atlanta, Georgia showing Mr. McCartney 'playing' said horn. And you can easily find multiple footage of Mr. Howard playing the horn with Wings over on YouTube. Steve has recorded with many other great musicians through out his career. MLH told me that he has spent many hours with Steve listening to all those great behind-the-scenes Wings stories. MLH also possesses a short video tape of Steve recently playing: "Silly Love Songs", "Let 'Em In" and "Live And Let Die" on that "Sacred Trumpet".

Steve Howard also recently guested on the European tour of The Original Blues Brothers Band during Summer 2011. His current band is The N'awlins Gumbo Kings and you can check out their web site here too:

MLH is over the moon that he is working with one of his musical heroes. It already is becoming apparent that the second BGO album will be something well worth waiting for!

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Bubble Gum Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 12-Nov-2011


  1. Over the moon! Absolutely correct!

    Thanks Keith...yours truly, Agnes

  2. BGO--- "In the Studio" Update... Steve Howard came in Thursday February 2nd and recorded his trumpet on the upcoming Bubble Gum Orchestra song "Blowin' Away". It's somewhat difficult to find the words to describe the "magical" music aura present in Blue Violin Studios during those precious few hours my brother, Douglas "The Artist" Hildebrandt and I spent with Steve. It was hard while recording n...ot to let my mind wonder back to a distant place in time and to know that Steve had recorded "Silly Love Songs", "Let em' In" and "Coming Up" with Paul McCartney in Abbey Road Studios back in the day using the same horn he was playing on my song. Steve's trumpet playing was nothing less than spectacular and I am Blown Away to have been part of this memorable moment. Michael Laine Hildebrandt

  3. I can't wait for the next installment of BGO! KJS