20 Points In My Argument That Howie D Was The Most Underrated Backstreet Boy
Twenty-two years have passed since the Backstreetflies Boys put out their first album Backstreet. These days looking at the amazing five, it’s hard to imagine the boys of Backstreet being different than they are. Still, during the group’s evolution, many of the voices and lyrics have changed. Something that might surprise you is that Howie D, the groups most underrated member was set to be the start of the group.
Here’s a look at 20 otherfacts about Howie, the group’s only and greatest Latino that you totally loved and couldn’t have enough of.
1. Howie was originally the lead singer of the group.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Over the years, AJ, Brian, and Nick got more love as leads with Kevin and Howie rounding out the sound. But originally, Howie was supposed to be the big boy of the band.
2. Howie has said that he thinks his voice didn’t gel with the sound producers wanted the band to have.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
“The sound that I brought to the group was not exactly the Max Martin sound that we were going in, so I had to take a little bit more of a step back,” Howie told Collider in an interview.
3. Over the years BSB’s dynamic changed.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
The more the band grew and became popular, fans begged to hear more of Howie and Kevin. For the group’s third album, Millennium, Howie got a chance to sing lead on the track “Spanish Eyes,” while both he and Kevin were awarded more solos. Years later, when Kevin took a break from the band, Howie got to sing his solos, like that last verse of “I Want It That Way,” as well.
4. Birth of a heartthrob.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie was born to Hoke and Paula Dorough, on August 22, 1973, in Orlando, Florida. Howie’s father is Irish and his mother is from Puerto Rico.
5. Making the Backstreet Boysbackstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie Dorough auditioned for the Backstreet Boys under the name Tony Donetti. After building up a European fan base, the group put out their debut album stateside which sold 13 million copies.
6. Being the last to go solo.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Each member the band put out an album on his own after many years of being part of BSB. In 2006 he created a record focusing on Spanish/Latin songs. He actually never put it out but five years later in 2011, he released his first solo album Back to Me. Nick Carter helped co-write one of the songs.
7. Being a lupus advocate.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
In 1998 Howie’s sister Caroline died to complications with Lupus. Howie started the Dorough Lupus Foundation to raise awareness and fund research for the cure of the disease.
8. He’s super taken.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie married Leigh Boniello on December 8, 2007. The two met in 2000 when she was working as a designer for the Backstreet Boys’ website.
9. He’s a DILF.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie and his wife Leigh welcomed their first son, James Hoke in 2008 and in 2013 they had a son named Holden.
10. He acts.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Your one true love has acted in various films including the 1989 film “Parenthood,” he appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” as Strum in 2002 and he lent his voice to the show Dora The Explora where he played Santa in” A Present For Santa And The Singing Bridge In Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”
11. He’s got a bunch of nicknames.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
According to IMDB he’s known by the names Latin Lover, Howie D and Sweet D
12. Your extraordinary crush is not so average in height.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie stands at 5’7.
13. He was actually trying to be an actor.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
In 1992, at the age of 19, Howie was trying to find work as an actor. During this time he kept running into A.J. Mclean and Nick Carter and the three decided to create a singing group.
14. Initially, Howie was the one who thought they should add another member to the group.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
They did auditions and found Kevin Scott Richardson, who was working in Orlando and suggested hey add his cousin Brian Thomas Littrell.
15. He’s big on Lupus advocacy.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Dorough and his family and celebrity friends raise money for his foundation. They have raised millions of dollars since they began.
16. He’s the youngest and oldest.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie is the youngest brother of Pollyanna Dorough and uncle of Chelsea Herring. He’s also one of the oldest members of the group behind Kevin.
17. He’s from O-town.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie grew up in Orlando, graduated from Edgewater high school in Orlando, Florida in 1991 and went to Valencia College.
18. He’s the group’s best dancer.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie has been trained in classic ballet, tap and jazz at a performing arts academy of singing and dance.
19. He went to school with Tina Summerford.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie and Summerford attended Edgewater High School together.
20. He worked at Universal Pictures.backstreetlegacy / Instagram
Howie’s first jobs were acting in “Parenthood” and “Cap and Half”. Laer he was a touristic guide in “Universal Pictures.”
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