Shirlie Holliman
British singer
Shirlie Holliman
Shirlie Holliman, is an English former pop singer, who found fame in the 1980s with Wham! and as part of the duo Pepsi & Shirlie. One of five children born and raised on a council estate in Bushey, near Watford, Hertfordshire, Holliman intended to train as a horse riding instructor.
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  • 1996
    Age 33
    After Holliman took time out to care for her husband through his illness with brain tumours, she was declared bankrupt in September 1996, and the family moved from Hampstead Heath to Muswell Hill to allow Kemp to recover.
    More Details Hide Details This enabled Pepsi & Shirlie to return briefly in 2000 to record their backing vocals on the UK number one Geri Halliwell hit Bag It Up. No longer active in pop music performance, Holliman now manages a business associated with music and entertainment production, Aegean.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    The hits dried up from 1988, and, as Holliman married Spandau Ballet bassist and singer Martin Kemp, the duo naturally came to an end after the birth of her daughter.
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  • 1986
    Age 23
    As George Michael desired to create music targeted to a more sophisticated audience than Wham!'s primarily teenage fan base, the announcement of Wham!'s break-up was made in the spring of 1986, with a grand finale concert at Wembley Stadium on 28 June 1986, called The Final.
    More Details Hide Details During their Wham! career, Holliman and Demacque decided to form their own act, named Pepsi & Shirlie. Created immediately after the Wembley concert as an upbeat and more pop genre sound, they had two UK Top Ten hits: "Heartache", which was produced by Phil Fearon and Tambi Fernando, reaching #2 in the UK Singles Chart behind the #1 hit of George Michael and Aretha Franklin's I knew you were waiting, and "Goodbye Stranger", produced by Tambi Fernando and Pete Hammond, reached #9.
  • 1980
    Age 17
    Holliman had met Kemp through mutual friends in the theatre in 1980, and the pair married in St. Lucia in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children: daughter Harley Moon Kemp (born August 1989), and son Roman Kemp (born January 1993). Holliman and daughter Harley had brief roles together in the Spice Girls video Mama.
  • 1962
    Born on April 18, 1962.
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