Hilly Michaels

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Hilly Michaels
Born New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Genres Rock
Occupations Producer
Instruments guitar, drums
Years active 1970s-present
Labels Label
Associated acts Sparks

Hilly Michaels, also known as Hilly Boy Michaels is an American drummer and musician, best known for playing drums with Sparks in the 1970s.[1]

Biography[edit]

Hilly Michaels, also known as Hilly Boy Michaels (born Michael Hillman in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American drummer and musician, best known for playing drums with Sparks in the 1970s and his two solo albums from the early 1980s, Calling All Girls (1980) and Lumia (1981). Hilly Michaels was a New York based session drummer, who performed on the Sparks “Big Beat” album in 1976, which was produced by Rupert Holmes. Michaels was the only session musician to go on the North American tour with Ron Mael and Russell Mael of the Sparks.[2]

History[edit]

His first music experience came with playing in a band called Joy, featuring a young Michael Bolton. Later Michaels played with artists such as The Cherry Vanilla Band, Sparks, Ellen Foley, The Hunter/Ronson Band, Dan Hartman, John Mellencamp, Marianne Faithfull and Ronnie Wood.

In 1979, Jake Hooker worked with Hilly Michaels to capture a million dollar deal with Warner Bros. Records and a MTV video to promote Calling All Girls in 1980 with Roy Thomas Baker as the producer.[3] He was in a relationship with Marianne Faithfull during the mid-1980s when they lived together in NYC, from where in 1985 Faithfull entered the Hazelden Foundation to end her heroin addiction.[4]

Michaels' songs can be heard in the movies Caddyshack and Die Laughing. In the movie Rollercoaster he appeared with Sparks performing the songs Big Boy and Fill'er Up.

He has since worked as producer and manager of marketing and development. He currently resides in Connecticut and continues to record.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Sparks". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  2. ^ HILLY "BOY" MICHAELS - DRUMMER ON SPARKS "BIG BEAT" LP Retrieved 23 February 2012
  3. ^ Powerpop Presents Hilly Michaels 1980 Retrieved 26 February 2012
  4. ^ Faithfull, Marianne (1994). Faithfull: an autobiography. New York: Cooper Square Press. ISBN 0-8154-1046-8. 

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