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Casey, Howie (12th July 1937-Present)

He is a saxophonist born in Liverpool, England, who began playing the saxophone while serving time in the British Army.

He became a member of the band The Hy-Tones after leaving service, that were named after the Huyton area where they lived. He formed the group Howie Casey & The Seniors who would become well known in the Liverpool area and appeared with Gene Vincent in a show in 1960 where they were seen by Larry Parnes who looked after artists such as Billy Fury and Johnny Gentle.

It is now that he turned professional and The Seniors appeared in a season in Hamburg and on their return became the first Liverpool group to record, making several recordings for the Fontana label. In 1962 The Seniors disbanded and he performed with Kingsize Taylor & The Dominoes before becoming an acclaimed session musician.

During his career he has toured twice with the band Wings , as well as appearing on five of their albums, and performed with groups that include The Who, Mott the Hoople and T. Rex. He currently appears as a soloist, a member of various ensembles and a band called The All Stars.

In the 1980s he and his wife, Sheila, formed the band The Slobs who are made up of session musicians and vary as time goes on.  Although Sheila passed away in 2012 they continue to tour and perform.

In 2014 he performed and recorded in New Zealand with the local musician Tim Armstrong in a Beatles/Wings tribute band.

Paul McCartney & Wings recordings
Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) (Paul McCartney )
Lunchbox/Odd Sox (Paul McCartney )

Here he is on sax on Ringo Starr’s “Private Property”…

Sources:

  1. http://www.howiecasey.com/
  2. http://triumphpc.com/mersey-beat/a-z/howiecasie.shtml
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_Casey
  4. https://www.discogs.com/artist/285528-Howie-Casey