Jools Holland
Musician and television personality
Jools Holland
Julian Miles "Jools" Holland OBE, DL is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, and television presenter. He was a founder of the band Squeeze (1974-1980 & 1985-1990) and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Who, David Gilmour, Magazine and Bono. Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows.
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 24-30
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 24: Actor Jerry Maren (Lollipop Kid from "The Wizard of Oz") is 97. Singer Ray Stevens is 77. Singer Aaron Neville is 75. Singer Neil Diamond is 75. Actor Michael Ontkean ("Twin Peaks") is 70. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 66. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 65. Keyboardist-turned-TV personality Jools Holland (Squeeze) is 58. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 57. Drummer Keech Rainwater of Lonestar is 53. Singer Sleepy Brown of Society of Soul is 46. Actress Matthew Lillard ("Scooby-Doo," ''She's All That") is 46. Actress Merrilee McCommas ("Friday Night Lights," ''Family Law") is 45. Singer Beth Hart is 44. Actor Ed Helms ("The Office") is 42. Actress Tatyana Ali ("The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air") is 37. Actor Justin Baldoni ("Jane the Virgin") is 32. Actress Mischa Barton ("The O.C.") is 30.
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Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, BIC
Daily Echo - about 3 years
IT WOULDN'T be nearly Christmas if Jools and Co were not appearing at the BIC, although there was nothing remotely festive about the occasion.
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How Adele Represents a Renaissance for the British Accent
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week, former Culture Club singer and gay icon, Boy George performed his new single King of Everything on the BBC's flagship music show, Later... with Jools Holland. What struck me about the performance was just how dated his affected American singing style sounded; it undermined the song's authenticity. Now, there's a strong heritage of British singers adopting faux-Yankee accents to drive sales in the biggest Anglophone market - the perceived wisdom is that American listeners will generally believe the singer is also American, and be more inclined to buy. Indeed, of the all-time top 10 selling British recording artists, it's 6-4 (to my ear) in favour of those using faux-Yankee accents for their most commercially successful music. The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins/Genesis and the Bee Gees all use affected American accents in the vast majority of their music. In comparison we have The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits, who (b ...
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Kanye West Is A Fan Of Newcomer Lorde
MTV News - over 3 years
By Sowmya Krishnamurthy Everyone is talking about singer Lorde and her chart-topping song "Royals." That includes Kanye West. The 16-year-old singer shares with Rolling Stone that she met the producer/rapper in London when they were both to appear on the talk show "Later. . . With Jools Holland." "He said he liked the messages [in my songs], which was cool," the New Zealand singer says. "I was saying to myself, 'Keep cool. This is normal.'" Lorde added that Ye was very friendly,"He's a really mellow dude – super relaxed" and it took everything in her not to groupie out. She adds, "He had this big old grill, and I wanted to touch it, but I restrained myself." Lorde has been heating up the music charts. According to Billboard, "Royals" has surpassed 2 million downloads and is the #1 song in the country this week. The singer covers Billboard magazine and is being dubbed "The New Queen Of Alternative." Could a Kanye and Lorde collabo be next?
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Why is TV so bad at music shows?
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The only way a pop star gets on the small screen these days is via cookery programmes. Where are the new Top of the Pops and CD:UK? As two music pilots launch, we look at what is going wrong Music on television just does not work. If you ask around in TV circles, this is what people say. It is more than five years since Top of the Pops, CD:UK and Popworld all disappeared, two-and-a-half years since the BBC axed youth strand Switch, and six months since T4 shut its doors. Simon Cowell, no stranger to getting ideas away, said in 2011 that a Top of the Pops-style show restricted to the UK was simply "not cost effective", adding ominously that "to do it properly it would need to be bigger than one country". His plans for such a show were, he said, "for a year down the line" – two years on, there is nothing. Last year, confirming that he would not be bringing Top of the Pops back to BBC3, station controller Zai Bennett told the Edinburgh international television festival that "our audienc ...
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MAD about Waddesdon festival next month
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
JOOLS Holland will start a weekend of activities at Waddesdon Manor this June. The musician will be playing at the National Trust property on June 28.
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Mike Ragogna: Bang Bang Boom Boom: Chatting with Beth Hart, The Devil Wears Prada's Mike Hranica's One & A Half Hearts, and NC Rocks OH
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
THE DEVIL WEARS ONE & A HALF HEARTS Whaaaaat? The Devil Wears Prada's Mike Hranica wrote a book? And it's called One & A Half Hearts, looking back on the creation of the band's last album Dead Throne, which debuted at #10 on Billboard's Top 200? No frakin' way! (Yes, shameless Battlestar Galactica ref, and why the hell didn't Syfy commission a Blood & Chrome series from that killer pilot, but I digress...) So here's how the website info kind of reads: "One & A Half Hearts is a subjective look at the lyrical creation of The Devil Wears Prada's fourth full length (album) Dead Throne. The band's lead vocalist analyzes the fundamentals and the importance behind the album's language. and its intentions, while constantly maintaining focus on themes of romance, idolatry, and hope." Cutting to the idolatry part right now... A Conversation with Beth Hart Mike Ragogna: So how are you doing, Beth Hart? Beth Hart: Hey, how are you? MR: Just dan ...
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Damp spirits set to keep Britons at home on New Year's Eve
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Weather and the economy are the reason millions are likely to spend Monday night at home. But there's always Jools … Battered by rain and fearful of what the future may bring, millions of Britons are preparing to celebrate this New Year's Eve quietly at home. Some local authorities have cancelled New Year Eve parties and firework displays because of budget cuts, as economic insecurity stalks the country, with economists warning of a further contraction. Ruth James, director of Fusion events in Manchester, said that the trend this year was towards quieter events, often at home. "People are tending to go for smaller, private affairs, lots of dinners and house parties. I know of a few private warehouse parties. I'm going to a dinner myself," she said. "People are feeling the pressure of New Year's Eve, the pressure to have a good time, so they want smaller and more manageable events which are less pressured and, most importantly, much cheaper." The focus on the home was borne out by ...
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BBC2 to celebrate 30 years of Jools on TV Holland
Broadcast - over 4 years
Geoff Wonfor is to direct a BBC2 documentary celebrating Jools Holland’s 30-year television career.
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It’s Official: Mumford And Sons Are Bigger Than Bieber
BBC Blogs- America - over 4 years
A delighted Mumford and Sons celebrate the release of their new album. So, over here in the UK, “Babel” by Mumford and Sons, their second album, has become the fastest-selling album of the year so far. This we could have expected, given the ravenous appetite that exists over here for their confessional bluegrassy stomp-folk, but over there, where you are, where people play actual bluegrass quite a lot, it doesn’t pay to get too cocky. Which makes the first week US sales of “Babel” all the more remarkable. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the Mumfs sold over 600,000 copies in order to take their first Billboard No.1 (and the first No.1 for their US record label, Glassnote). To put that into context, Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” which had been the fastest-selling album of the year until now, sold a relatively paltry 374,000 copies in its first week. Also, 420,000 of those copies were sold digitally, giving “Babel” the second largest sales week in digital download history. The inte ...
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Paloma Faith Is Going To Play In The States And You Will Like It
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Paloma Faith, the British chanteuse who wrote one of her biggest songs after falling in love with a busker singing Tracy Chapman tracks, has arrived in the States. Faith is already a staple among American Anglophiles (perhaps she's even replacing Alex Turner on iPhone lock-screens), but for those who have yet to acquaint themselves with Faith, a quick rapsheet: She ran with the Olympic torch in red stilletos, mentored contestants on Britain's "The Voice," crooned on every major television show (from Jools Holland to Graham Norton), released an album that's still charting in the top five on U.K. charts and received the ever-elusive stamp of approval from Prince (the man who kicked Kim Kardashian off his stage). But the trip across the pond is always difficult. One Direction notwithstanding, a host of extremely successful Britpop and rock stars have tried to make it in America and failed. Cheryl Cole, a judge on the U.K. "X-Factor" who has earned first-name status in man ...
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Larmer Tree Festival
Daily Echo - over 4 years
For the 16th year the boogie-woogie piano man opened this most special of festivals, but this time it looked as if the weather might be the winner.
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Dusty Wright: Best Rock, Pop and Soul Music for Summer 2012, Part 2!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Here's more of my favorite songs for the summer of 2012. If you didn't see Part 1 of my picks, you can find it here. Enjoy the melodic sunshine. "Rosalee" Chris Robinson's Brotherhood Big Moon Ritual (Red General) -- The funky, retro clavinet vibe of "Rosalee" offers a wonderful diversion from the jam band tendrils on the LP's seven long tunes, all of them seven-plus minutes. Neal Casal's lead guitar work may recall a certain member of the Dead, and that's not a bad thing. While none of the songs have the majestic lift of "Dark Star" or "Terrapin Station," Chris Robinson's soulful vocals keep one's ears engaged. Perfect for road trips, regardless of the season. "Dayglo Reflection" Bobby Womack The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL) -- From the U.K. label that released Gil Scott-Heron's last album; we can also thank them for Mr. Womack's first effort in 14 years! And like that GSH effort, there is an electronica element coursing throughout. My favorite is this bluesy, Stev ...
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REVIEW: Jools Holland at Borde Hill Garden
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
WITH picnic tables at every turn, plenty of Pimms and delicious-looking finger food, Borde Hill Garden was awash with people enjoying themselves on Saturday night.
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MUSIC: Jools Holland and Jubilee Spitfire Proms at Borde Hill Garden
Chichester Observer - over 4 years
TWO outdoor concerts are being staged at Borde Hill Garden later this month.
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Alan Dee’s guide to the pick of the week’s TV
Biggleswade Today - over 4 years
SATURDAY Jools Holland: London Calling (BBC Two, 9pm) Some cities are inextricably linked with one particular type of music – think Chicago and blues, or Memphis and soul for example. But what exactly is the sound of London? Chas ‘n’ Dave? The EastEnders theme tune? Or an eclectic mix that takes in from music hall to grime? With the Olympic spotlight about to fall on the capital, Jools Holland goes on his own personal journey through the city, finding it out how it has inspired generations of musicians. Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Suggs and Roy Hudd are among those who help him on his way Sunday Louis Theroux: Twilight of the Porn Stars (BBC Two, 10pm) Louis Theroux returns to California’s adult film industryto see what happened to some of the folks he met in 1997. Catching up with the stars, he finds one has fled, one was sent to prison and another has killed himself. Louis also meets some of the new performers, asking how they cope in a business that offers less money, more ...
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Rizfest set for a big future
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
Former Squeeze and Jools Holland bass guitarist Keith Wilkinson will headline this weekend’s RizFest with his new band The Jar Family.
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Friday, 11/05/12 The Great Escape (day two) @ Brighton
Gigwise - almost 5 years
As the trend for ‘urban’ events continues to develop, it is the city festivals which insist on holding a natural draw for those punters who, when all’s said and done, would far prefer a nice hotel room (or their mate’s floor) to a windy, rainy tent. To be honest – I’m one of them. As I sum up the events of Friday at Brighton’s Great Escape, I’m only too glad that as I write these words, I sit within the comfortable confines of a bricks and mortar sanctuary and not the hollow gesture of a tarpaulin construction. Below you will find the results of my findings – three bands, that have started to make a bit of a name for themselves, dissected and taken apart by yours truly. I hope, for both of our sakes, that you enjoy it. Weird Dreams: After collecting my pass – and walking past (Sir) Michael Eavis – we head to the Weird Dreams set. A deliberate mesh of California style surf with more subversive grungy undertones, they reveal their darker side in moments of clarity – solo glimpses ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jools Holland
  • 2012
    Age 54
    Also in June 2012, he presented a programme about the popular songs of London on BBC Two.
    More Details Hide Details He presents a weekly programme on BBC Radio 2, combining guests and chat, with recorded and live music.
    On 4 June 2012, Holland performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    In 2008, Holland commissioned TV series Bangla Bangers (Chop Shop) to create a replica of the legendary Rover Jet 1 for personal use.
    More Details Hide Details Holland is a greyhound racing supporter and has previously owned dogs.
  • 2007
    Age 49
    His 2007 autobiography, Barefaced Lies and Boogie Woogie Boasts, was BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" in the week beginning 8 October 2007 and was read by Holland.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    In September 2006 Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent.
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    In June 2006 Holland performed in Southend for HIV/AIDS charity Mildmay, and in early 2007 he performed at Wells and Rochester Cathedrals to raise money for maintaining cathedral buildings.
    More Details Hide Details He is also patron of Drake Music. A fan of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, in 1987 Holland demonstrated his love of the series and starred in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander and Hugh Laurie. Much of it was shot on location in Portmeirion, with archive footage of Patrick McGoohan, and featuring musical numbers from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magnum and XTC. Holland performed a number towards the end of the programme. Holland was an interviewer for The Beatles Anthology TV project, and appeared in the 1997 film Spiceworld as a musical director.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    On 29 August 2005, Holland married Christabel McEwen, his girlfriend of 15 years and daughter of artist Rory McEwen.
    More Details Hide Details Holland lives in the Westcombe Park area of Blackheath in southeast London, where he had his studio, Helicon Mountain, built to his design and inspired by Portmeirion, the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner. He also owns a house built in the medieval ruins of Cooling Castle in Kent.
    Holland has a touring band, the Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, which often includes singers Sam Brown and Ruby Turner and his younger brother, singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Christopher Holland. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician.
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  • 1996
    Age 38
    In 1996, Holland signed a recording contract with Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records, and his records are now marketed through Rhino Records.
  • 1988
    Age 30
    Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later... with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny.
  • 1987
    Age 29
    In 1987, Holland formed the Jools Holland Big Band, which consisted of himself and Gilson Lavis from Squeeze.
    More Details Hide Details This gradually became the 18-piece Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
  • 1985
    Age 27
    In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland's absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player.
    More Details Hide Details Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point, he again departed Squeeze to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.
  • 1983
    Age 25
    In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The's re-recording of "Uncertain Smile" for the album Soul Mining.
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  • 1981
    Age 23
    He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland achieved notoriety by inadvertently using the phrase "be there, or be an ungroovey fucker" in an early evening TV trailer, live across two channels, for the show, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks. He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron.
  • 1978
    Age 20
    Holland began issuing solo records in 1978, his first EP being Boogie Woogie '78.
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  • 1974
    Age 16
    Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.
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  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on January 24, 1958.
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