Steve Holly Biography

Born into a musical family STEVE HOLLEY first studied the piano moving to his main instrument, the drums, at the age of 12. Four years later he found himself touring the UK with the group Horse which led to a three year stint with Kiki Dee's band. He was invited by Elton John to play on the "A Single Man" album in 1977 becoming the drummer for Wings (on the classic "Back To The Egg" lp).

Later in 1978, lead guitarist Laurence Juber joined the band, restoring Wings to touring strength. In 1979, McCartney signed a new record contract covering himself and Wings, leaving Capitol, the company he had been with since he was a Beatle, in the United States and Canada and joining Columbia Records, while remaining with Parlophone/EMI in the rest of the world. Influenced by the punk and New Wave scenes, Wings abandoned its mellow touch and hired former Apple engineer Chris Thomas to help in the production process. The result was a somewhat less polished sound. This new version of Wings released the disco-oriented single "Goodnight Tonight", backed by "Daytime Nighttime Suffering", which reached the top 5 in both the United States and United Kingdom. However, the subsequent album Back to the Egg was not favourably received by critics and although sales were disappointing, at least compared to immediate predecessors, still it went platinum in the United States. It contained the Grammy-winning song "Rockestra Theme", the result of an October 1978 superstar session with members of Wings, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd, among others. Two singles were culled from the album, but both performed poorly on the charts. One album song ("Again and Again and Again") was composed and sung by Laine; the rest were Paul's.

During much of 1979, Wings were inactive as McCartney worked on a new solo album (McCartney II) without the band. In November and December 1979, Wings performed its final tour of the United Kingdom, once again adding the horns and brass section consisting of Tony Dorsey, Howie Casey, Thaddeus Richard, and Steve Howard. This tour climaxed with a massive "Rockestra" all-star collection of musicians in London in aid of UNICEF and Kampuchean refugees. Also during this tour, a live version of the McCartney II track "Coming Up" was recorded in Glasgow and became Wings' sixth and final U.S. #1 hit (as well as the last Wings single A-side, although once again credited to Paul McCartney and Wings) the following year.

Plans for a new Wings world tour were abandoned when Paul McCartney was arrested for possession of about 7.7 ounces of marijuana at Tokyo airport on 16 January 1980. [14] Other Wings members were questioned but not charged. Although McCartney was released from jail after 9 days, on 25 January, he was deported from Japan. [14] As a result, the Japanese tour was cancelled along with other short-term plans for Wings.

During 1980, Wings continued to demo some more tunes, and some work was done on a never-released "cold cuts" album of previously unreleased songs. Finally, in October 1980, Wings returned to the studio to record demonstration versions of a number of songs for its next album. However, following the murder of John Lennon in December 1980, Paul McCartney was unable to continue with the sessions, and Wings went into hiatus. McCartney restarted the project on 2 February 1981 as a solo album to be dedicated to Lennon, and soon after Juber and Holley left the band, although Laine continued as part of what became the Tug of War sessions, which ended on 3 March. On 27 April 1981, it was announced that Laine also had left the group, and that Wings had formally disbanded. [15] McCartney claimed that the group members "parted in a friendly way."

Since then Steve has toured and played with JOE COCKER , JULIAN LENNON, DAR WILLIAMS , BEN E KING, IAN HUNTER, CHUCK BERRY to name just a few!

Mr. Holley was the drummer at the White House benefit performance for the Special Olympics providing the beat for Stevie Wonder, Cheryl Crow, among others. He also had the distinction of doing the same at the John Lennon Tribute at Radio City Music Hall performing with Dave Stewart, Nelly Furtado and others.