Howie Epstein

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Date of Birth July 21, 1955
Place of Birth Wisconsin
Date of Death Feb 23, 2003 (47)
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Howie Epstein

Howard Norman Epstein was an American musician best known as a bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Birth name: Howard Norman Epstein
Born: July 21, 1955, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: February 23, 2003, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments: Bass guitar, vocals, guitar, mandolin
Associated acts: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Blue Stingrays, Del Shannon, Stevie Nicks
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About Howie Epstein

Bassist who played with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for twenty years before his death from a drug overdose.

Before Fame

He was the bassist for John Hiatt in the late 1970s, recording his 1980 album Two Bit Monsters.


He stayed with Petty long after his days with the Heartbreakers and by 1990, he had transitioned into producing. His drug problems became very public.

Family Life

His father Sam was a record producer who worked with 1950s and 1960s soul bands.


In addition to work with Tom Petty, Epstein also recorded several tracks with Bob Dylan.

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