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Scott grew up in Compton, California. He began playing bass at a very young age under the guidance of his cousin, Jack Nelson, and in 1961 began playing guitar. A year later, he formed a group called the Creators with Harold Brown. Scott was influenced by blues artists TJ Summerville, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Wayne Bennett. He frequented the local blues clubs in South Los Angeles to study professionals such as Lowell Fulson, Johnny Guitar Watson, and T-Bone Walker.

Howard graduated from Compton High School in 1964. He later formed his second group, The Night Shift, with Harold Brown. In 1969, the Night Shift was performing at the Rag Doll club in North Hollywood, when Eric Burdon and Lee Oskar stopped in to hear them play. The group quickly formed Eric Burdon & War for two years (having a hit with “Spill the Wine”) before Burdon left and War began its own highly successful career in the ‘70s and stretching into the ‘80s. They were a multiplatinum-selling act and a very popular concert draw.

Howard Scott now performs regularly with Lee Oskar and Harold Brown in the Lowrider Band, as well as his own group, the Howard Scott Project.


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