Derek St. Holmes

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Derek St. Holmes (born February 24, 1953) is an American musician, best known as the vocalist and rhythm guitar player for Ted Nugent's early solo career, playing on many albums including the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo!. While Nugent claims to have written most of the music during this period of time, St. Holmes claims the albums were co-written by the whole band, and that Nugent took sole credit as a way to not pay them royalties.[1] After splitting from Ted Nugent in 1978, St. Holmes worked with various artists; most notably Brad Whitford of Aerosmith for the Whitford/St. Holmes project. Derek St. Holmes possesses a powerful tenor singing voice.


Derek St. Holmes was born and raised in Riverview, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He received his first guitar for his eleventh birthday. He started his own neighborhood band, The Organized Confusion, and also played for high school dances.

In 1974, Derek's band, "Scott", opened for an Amboy Dukes show at the Lincoln Park Theater. The Amboy Dukes and their guitar player Ted Nugent had already recorded several albums and were a staple of the Midwest rock scene at the time. When the Amboy Dukes broke up, Nugent's road manager (Phil Nicholson) contacted St. Holmes about auditioning for Nugent's project as lead singer.

St. Holmes joined Ted Nugent, former Amboy Dukes bassist Rob Grange and drummer Cliff Davies to release Nugent's self-titled debut album in 1975. St. Holmes remained in Nugent's band until 1978, when he and Nugent parted ways due to personal, financial and musical differences.

In 1979 Derek joined up with Ted Nugent's bass player Rob Grange, ex-Montrose drummer Denny Carmassi to form St. Paradise. They released one self-titled album for Warner Brothers in 1979 before moving on to other musical careers. In 1981, he teamed up with Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford for the short-lived Whitford/St. Holmes Band.

In 1983, St. Holmes joined the Michael Schenker Group for its 1983 release "Built To Destroy", and also contributed to the live follow-up, "Rock Will Never Die".

In 2000, St. Holmes released Then and Now, a collection of many St. Holmes' rock material. Bassist Chase Chitty (Pat Travers Band), drummer Steve Pace (Hydra, Krokus, Whitford/St. Holmes) and keyboardist Russ Still accompany St. Holmes with songs such as "Standing in the Rain", "Dr. Love" and "Surrounded", and the energy rocker "In Too Deep".

On July 4, 2008 St. Holmes made a guest appearance at Ted Nugent's 6000th concert in Detroit, MI. He jammed on "Hey Baby", "Cat Scratch Fever", and "Stranglehold" with Ted.

On August 24, 2008 he joined Ted Nugent on stage at Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York. He sang and played guitar with Ted Nugent on "Hey Baby", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Dog Eat Dog", "Stormtroopin", "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold".

Derek has re-recorded some famous Aerosmith songs for a special promotion, and is making them available in MP3 format. Derek's versions are available online on his website.

Derek sang in the Paul Reed Smith Band, co-writing songs including "One in the Same" and "Ice Cold Kisses". The eponymous CD was released in June 2010,[2] with a second album (Time to Testify) slated for release February 17, 2017.

On December 27, 2008, St. Holmes was a special guest at a Get The Led Out concert at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore, MD. He played guitar for "Rock and Roll", then sang and played "Stranglehold" (Ted Nugent). St. Holmes is actually the voice heard in the track recording. He also performed "Stranglehold" with Get the Led Out at the Nokia in New York City on March 7, 2009 and again in Baltimore on May 15, 2010.

In 2010, Derek participated in a tribute album titled Mister Bolin's Late Night Revival, a compilation of 17 previously unreleased tracks written by guitar legend Tommy Bolin prior to his death in 1976. The CD includes other artists such as HiFi Superstar, Doogie White, Eric Martin, Troy Luccketta, Jeff Pilson, Randy Jackson, Rachel Barton, Rex Carroll, Kimberley Dahme, and The 77's. A percentage of the proceeds from this project will benefit the Jackson Recovery Centers.[3]

He toured again with Nugent from 2011 to 2014. Whitford/St. Holmes reunited for a 2015 tour, and the follow-up CD Reunion was sold at these shows.

Also in 2014, Derek announced that Gibson would release a signature guitar in his name later in the year. The guitar is a white Gibson SG custom with an ebony fingerboard and three humbucker pickups. The guitar is fitted with a vibrola.

Derek is known for playing a variety of guitars throughout his career, including Fender Stratocasters, Gibson Les Pauls, PRS Guitars, and various Gibson hollow-bodies.


Main Albums with Ted Nugent[edit]

1975 Ted Nugent Ted Nugent (Epic Records)*

1976 Ted Nugent Free-for-All (Epic Records)*

1977 Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever (Epic Records)*

1978 Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo! (Epic Records)*

1982 Ted Nugent Nugent (Atlantic Records)

Contains previously unreleased songs with vocals by Derek St. Holmes "Street Rats" (alternate version – original vocals by Meat Loaf) and "Magic Party"

1995 Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild (Atlantic Records)

2014 Ted Nugent Shutup & Jam! (Frontiers Records)

Main Albums – Others[edit]

1979 St. Paradise St. Paradise (Warner Bros. Records)

1981 Whitford/St. Holmes Whitford/St. Holmes (CBS Records)

1991 Vanilla Fudge The Best of Vanilla Fudge Live (Rhino Records)

2000 Derek St. Holmes Then & Now (Perris Records)

2009 Blood of the Sun Death Ride (Brainticket Records)

2011 The Paul Reed Smith Band (Cargo Records)

2015 Derek St. Holmes Band Derek St. Holmes Band (Bentnote Music)

2016 Whitford/St. Holmes Reunion


1983 Michael Schenker Built to Destroy (Chrysalis Records) (contributed vocals on 1 song)

1989 Nightmare Beach Movie Soundtrack

1994 Dazed and Confused Movie Soundtrack (MCA Pictures)

1996 Steve Fister Shadow King (FTP Records) (contributed vocals on 3 songs)

1997 Private Parts Movie Soundtrack (Paramount/WB)

1999 That '70s Show/Rockin TV Sitcom Soundtrack (Volcano Records)

2001 Various Artists Welcome to the Aerosmithsonian: A Tribute to Aerosmith (Perris Records)

2010 Mister Bolin’s Late Night Revival What If ... (Rainbow Foundation Music Inc.) (contributed vocals on 1 song)


1981 Ted Nugent Great Gonzos (Epic Records)**


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