Jules Holland

Jools Holland is a renowned musician, composer, and television presenter. Best known as the host of the long-running music show "Later... with Jools Holland," he has had a significant impact on the British music scene both as a performer and a promoter of diverse musical acts.

Early Career and Rise to Fame

Born Julian Miles Holland on January 24, 1958, in Blackheath, London, he began his career in the late 1970s as a founding member of the British band Squeeze, playing keyboards. The band gained popularity with hits like "Cool for Cats" and "Up the Junction," showcasing Holland’s distinctive keyboard style.

Career Highlights and Discography

1978 Squeeze released their debut self-titled album, followed by "Cool for Cats" (1979) and "Argybargy" (1980), which included the hit singles "Another Nail in My Heart" and "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)."

1980s Holland pursued a solo career, releasing albums such as "Jools Holland and His Millionaires" (1981). He continued to perform with Squeeze until 1981 and later rejoined for various reunions.

1992 Launched the television show "Later... with Jools Holland," which became famous for its eclectic mix of musical performances and live atmosphere. The show has featured a wide range of artists from different genres.

1996 Formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which evolved into the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, known for its energetic performances and collaborations with various artists.

2001 Released the album "Small World Big Band," featuring collaborations with artists like George Harrison, Sting, and Eric Clapton. The success of this album led to several follow-up albums in the series.

2003 The single "Jack O the Green" from the album "Jack O the Green: Small World Big Band Friends 3" highlighted his collaborative spirit.

2008 "The Informer" album, featuring collaborations with artists like Rumer and Ruby Turner, showcased Holland's versatility.

2020 Released "Pianola. Pianos & Friends," an album celebrating his love for the piano, featuring guest appearances by musicians like David Gilmour and Tom Jones.

Awards and Honors

While Jools Holland has not won Grammy Awards, he has received significant recognition in the UK, including an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2003 for his services to the British music industry.

Famous Songs and Compositions

  1. "Cool for Cats" (1979): As a member of Squeeze, this hit showcased Holland's keyboard skills.
  2. "Up the Junction" (1979): Another Squeeze classic, highlighting the band's storytelling prowess.
  3. "Tuxedo Junction" and "Enjoy Yourself" are standout tracks from his solo career with the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

Collaborations and Influence

Holland has collaborated with numerous artists across different genres. His work with George Harrison on "Horse to the Water," his performances with Eric Clapton, and recordings with Tom Jones are notable examples. His show "Later... with Jools Holland" has been instrumental in promoting new talent and diverse music, influencing the careers of many artists.

Cover Versions

Holland has covered various classic songs with his unique style, and many artists have covered songs performed on his show, contributing to their popularity.

Quotes

One of Holland’s well-known quotes reflects his passion for live music...

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.

Gossip

Known for his charm and wit, Holland has largely avoided controversy.

Legacy

Jools Holland's legacy lies in his dual role as a musician and a champion of live music. His distinctive boogie-woogie piano style and his dedication to showcasing a wide range of musical talent on television have made him a beloved figure in the music world. Through his television work and musical collaborations, Holland has significantly contributed to the promotion and appreciation of diverse musical genres, ensuring his place as a pivotal figure in the British music scene.

Songs: Cool for Cats, Up the Junction

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