On the day of his death, Howie was driven to St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico by his girlfriend, who described him as "under distress". They were together from approximately 1979 to 1987. Sign up for our twice-weekly email newsletter for roots music reviews, stories, columns, and more from No Depression. Investigators were told Epstein had been using heroin. Three years later, Epstein produced Carter's follow-up CD, Little Love Letters. [1] Petty wrote the following in an article for Rolling Stone in response to Epstein's death: "... there's a great sadness, because Howie was never not a Heartbreaker. Then she met Howie Epstein… Howard Norman Epstein (July 21, 1955 – February 23, 2003) was an American musician best known as a bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Howie Epstein, 47, a former bass player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, died Sunday in a Santa Fe, N.M., hospital of a suspected drug overdose. Death

[1] Epstein found a natural style, which he said emphasised "simplicity, playing in the pocket, getting into a steady groove. Lisa Edelstein (/ ˈ l iː s ə ˈ ɛ d əl s t iː n /; born May 21, 1966) is an American actress and playwright. “My kids thought of Howie as their father. Website by, Support nonprofit, independent music journalism. Tom Petty commended Epstein on his collaborative efforts: You gotta love him, I don't know if I ever tell him how good he is. Before hooking up with Petty in the early ’80s, he had backed up the late Del Shannon. The Milwaukee native and Nicolet High School grad (class of 1973) died of apparent complications from heroin use in 2003 at the age of 47. Epstein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,[1] and grew up in a musical household. I was already familiar with most of their music just because I'm a fan of the Heartbreakers, so it wasn't like I was coming in cold. Epstein produced her hit album I Fell in Love (1990), and co-authored the title track with his longtime collaborator, Milwaukee songwriter Perry M. Lamek. Friends said he was taking antibiotics and had recently suffered from flu, stomach problems and an abscess on his leg. I was thinking, 'Oh boy, I hope I can do this ... ' I got to it and I heard Howie singing it with me over his mic. I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Epstein agreed that the transition of playing in these obscure bands to becoming part of a very popular, very established band was almost seamless. [6] Additionally, it was reported that he had been extremely distraught over the death of his 16-year-old dog a few days earlier. Howard Norman Epstein (July 21, 1955 – February 23, 2003) was an American musician best known as a bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.. [1] Epstein often visited the music studios, watching his father work and occasionally making recordings under his father's watchful eye at a very young age. They were together from approximately 1979 to 1987. It will enhance any encyclopedic page you visit with the magic of the WIKI 2 technology. They were together from approximately 1979 to 1987. The short but strapping kid who had swaggered out of Milwaukee 20 years earlier was now frail and gaunt, his face misshapen by a broken nose that would never be explained. Got it!' Edelstein is known for playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the Fox medical drama series House.Between 2014 and 2018, she starred as Abby McCarthy in the Bravo series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Howie Epstein, bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and singer/songwriter Carlene Carter were arrested last night (June 27) in Albuquerque, N.M., after they were stopped in a stolen vehicle, police said. Carter's vocals on the title track "I Fell In Love" earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1991. "Carter, who is the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and the daughter of June Carter Cash and country singer Carl Smith, said she was heading to the airport to drop off Epstein to board a flight to Pennsylvania. [citation needed] He took a gig backing Del Shannon. And shortly after the bust, Epstein was fired by Petty. It showed a ghostly, weather-beaten face with eyes that had obviously stared into the abyss. That case was dropped in late 2001, but a new foreclosure action was filed a month before Epstein died. “I loved him very much,” said Carter in a telephone interview from her home near Nashville the day after Epstein died. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. “But he was also a very sick person.”. Epstein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up in a musical household. 1 on Hot 100 | Billboard News. Ric Robertson – “Louisiana Love Thing”Check it out. “My kids thought of Howie as their father. Carter, daughter of June Carter Cash and granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, took the rap in that case. That's it. Wham! "I had a tendency to play real busy, from all the years of playing rhythm guitar". “I loved him very much,” said Carter in a telephone interview from her home near Nashville the day after Epstein died. To install click the Add extension button. All rights reserved.Billboard is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. I just looked at him, he caught my eye like 'Yeah!' That's what a great band's all about. Carter was driving a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 25 when they were pulled over by Trooper James Bergman for speeding, state police said. Death Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! I've always considered myself a good team player and that's the way that the Heartbreakers operate. Carter eventually pleaded no contest to a charge of heroin possession in Albuquerque and was sentenced to 18 months probation. The Albuquerque heroin bust was the beginning of the end for the couple, whose lifestyle was taking a toll on virtually every aspect of their life. We have created a browser extension. "This Day in Music Spotlight: The Heartbreaking Loss of Howie Epstein : February 23, 2003", "Howie Epstein Dies — Bassist played with Tom Petty for twenty years", "Howie Epstein, Bassist for Tom Petty, Dies at 47", "Former Tom Petty Bassist Howie Epstein Dies At 47". Epstein died February 23 at age 47 in a Santa Fe hospital. Epstein apparently had been ill in the days before his death. 3 broke up and Carter went seven years between albums. His father, Sam, was a top local record producer who worked with various rock and roll and soul groups in the 1950s and 1960s. The disturbing mugshot provided a grim contrast with another photo of Epstein that ran with the local news story on his death. Prior to Carlene Carter, Howie was engaged to and lived with Laurie June, an actress, model, and legal secretary, in Laurel Canyon, California.

He recalled, "I would go into the bars with my father to check out the bands he was thinking of working with, and a couple of times he let me use groups he was working with as back-up musicians for stuff I'd record. When he felt he had gone as far as he could go in Milwaukee, Epstein decided to move to New York City, but before he could pack his gear, he was lured to the West Coast by a drummer friend to play bass in a new band that singer-songwriter John Hiatt was forming in Los Angeles. He's a good bass player, a real good singer, and he fit in real well." Bergman said he checked the vehicle's registration and discovered it was reported stolen in Santa Fe on March 15.Police said 2.9 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia were found inside the SUV.