Singer and songwriter Howard Broadbent appears to be the typical born and bred Lancashire lad, but he's actually a cockney!
Although he has lived in Bolton since he was a toddler, he was actually born within the sound of the Bow Bells in London in 1936.
His parents moved to London while his father went to work at Fords in Dagenham, and while they were there Howard was born.
The family returned to Halliwell in Bolton on the outbreak of WW2.
Howard was 11 years old when his mother decided it was time for him to have piano lessons with Miss Morris on Elgin Street, Halliwell, and had to force him to go for his first lesson.
He never looked back though, and soon advanced to be taught by Percy Hickman, a very talented Bolton musician, who taught him the art of stride piano.
After leaving school Howard served an engineering apprenticeship at De Havilland. He also developed his renowned golfing talent about this time and became a golfing champion, representing Lancashire and played in the 1967 Open Golf Championship at Hoylake.
He decided that music was of greater fulfilment than a possible life in professional golf, and after initiating the Honky Tonk piano at The Last Drop, Bromley Cross in 1970, was captivated by his desire to write songs and has since written abundantly.
Satirical Social comment and humour is present in many of his compositions, and along with colleagues Jimmy Smith and Jackie O'Connor from Farnworth he wrote songs for the Houghton Weavers "Sit Thi Deawn" TV series, and did piano sing-a-long shows for BBC Radio Manchester.