Holly Beth Vincent

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Holly Beth Vincent
Birth name Holly Beth Vincent
Born Park Forest, Illinois United States
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, folk
Occupations Musician, songwriter, artist
Years active 1980–present
Labels Virgin, Epic, Mammoth, Daemon

Holly Beth Vincent is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, producer ,techno composer ,and leader of the band Holly and the Italians.


Vincent's song from the Virgin Records / Epic Records album "The Right To Be Italian" titled "Tell That Girl to Shut Up",was cited by Mojo Magazine as one of the top 20 killer new wave tracks from the US (2008 Mojo Classic special edition). It later became a UK top 50 hit for Transvision Vamp in 1988.[1] The "Right To Be Italian" album appeared at #40 in an article titled '60 Great Albums You've probably Never Heard' as follows: "Holly & the Italians, The Right to Be Italian" (1981) "No one was going to deny Chicagoan turned Londoner Holly Beth Vincent the right to be Italian—or the right to snarl bratty New Wave anthems like “Rock Against Romance” and “Tell That Girl to Shut Up”. " from Vulture online magazine,article by Jody Rosen originally appearing in the November 18, 2013 issue of New York Magazine. Her Holly Beth Vincent album, titled "Holly and the Italians" is one of Ira Robbins/Trouser Press record guide's top albums of all-time.[2] In 1982 Virgin Records released a duet/cover version by Holly of the song "I Got You Babe" with Ramones singer Joey Ramone, and synth-pop artist Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

In the nineties, she relocated to Los Angeles and formed a band called The Oblivious. With that group, she wrote, played instruments on, and produced an album entitled America,[3] which was released in 1993 on Daemon Records, a label run by Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls.[4]

In 1995 she teamed up with Concrete Blonde vocalist Johnette Napolitano for an album entitled Vowel Movement,as drummer,guitarist,sharing vocal duties with Napolitano. The women recorded the music in real time,six days,unmixed,unmastered, and earning favorable reviews including one "album of the year" vote from a writer at the San Francisco Weekly.

In 2007 she released Super Rocket Star followed by Minnesota-California in 2009. In 2013 she is feat. vocalist on release by LA techno project, Buff Roshi a cover of her song "Paris".

In summer 2014 Holly released her first tech-house album Paper Doll Technologies. She is working on a full-length album with music project Buff Roshi for release.

She appears as guest vocalist on the Michael Monroe album Not Fakin' It, and 2012's posthumous album release by Joey Ramone, Ya Know?.

Vincent was born in Chicago. Her mother is of Swedish and French background; her father, Italian. She was raised in Lake Tahoe and then southern California, where she attended high school. At age 18, she moved to London, where she lived with Chris Wood of the band Traffic and his wife.[2] She dated Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.[2] After she broke up with him, he wrote the songs "Romeo and Juliet,"[5] "Love Over Gold,"[6] and "It Never Rains" about her.[6][unreliable source?]


  • Tell That Girl to Shut Up by Holly and the Italians (1980)
  • The Right to Be Italian by Holly and the Italians (1981)
  • Holly and the Italians by Holly Beth Vincent (1982)
  • I Got You babe by Holly and Joey (1982)
  • America by the Oblivious [Holly Beth Vincent] (1993)
  • Vowel Movement by Johnette Napolitano/Holly Vincent (1995)
  • Super Rocket Star by Holly Beth Vincent (2007)
  • Minnesota-California by Holly Beth Vincent (2009)
  • Paris by Buff Roshi feat. Holly Beth Vincent (2013)
  • Paper Doll Technologies by Holly Beth Vincent (2014)


  1. ^ Peterson, Karla. "Vincent's music never went away", The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1993-10-14, p. ND.
  2. ^ a b c Robbins, Ira. "Rock's Pioneer Woman Keeps On Moving", Newsday, 1995-07-30, p. 19.
  3. ^ "America - Holly Beth Vincent - Allmusic.com". 
  4. ^ "Holly & The Italians - Allmusic.com". 
  5. ^ "Romeo And Juliet by Dire Straits". 
  6. ^ a b "Dire Straits Song Facts". 

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