Holly Beth Vincent

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Holly Beth Vincent
Birth name Holly Beth Vincent
Born Chicago, Illinois
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, artist
Years active 1980–present
Labels Virgin, Epic, Mammoth, Daemon, Wounded Bird
Associated acts Holly and the Italians

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


Vincent's song "Tell That Girl to Shut Up" from the Virgin Records / Epic Records album The Right To Be Italian 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] as the second single from their debut album Pop Art.[2]

Her album The Right To Be Italian appeared at #40 in an article "60 Great Albums You've probably Never Heard" by Jody Rosen from Vulture online magazine, (originally appearing in the November 18, 2013 issue of New York Magazine) 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"." 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.[3] 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 1984 she briefly fronted The Waitresses for a few weeks after the departure and before the return of lead singer Patty Donahue.

In 1990 she relocated to Los Angeles, and in 1992 formed a band called The Oblivious. With that group, she wrote, played instruments on, and produced an album entitled "America,"[4] which was released in 1993 on Daemon Records, a label run by Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls.[5] She did two US tours with this band as support for Concrete Blonde.

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

Her work is administered by BMG Chrysalis for the world. She is an ASCAP affiliate.

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

She has been voice artist in national commercials for Nike(2), Nintendo, Pepsi, Squirt.

She was actor in an indie film titled "The Dwarf" directed by Richard Monteverde starring Ann "Anna" Magnuson. She studied acting briefly in NYC with teacher Catherine Gaffigan.

Holly Beth Vincent film music credits are; "Untamed Heart," "The Boys Club," "Dead Beat," and "Slap Her, She's French." TV credits; MTV series "Rich Girls" and "American Idol: Season 10."


  • Tell That Girl to Shut Up by Holly and the Italians (1980)
  • The Right to Be Italian by Holly and the Italians (1981) US Albums #177
  • 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)
  • Demos Federico a demo compilation by Holly Beth Vincent/Holly and the Italians


  1. ^ Peterson, Karla. "Vincent's music never went away", The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1993-10-14, p. ND.
  2. ^ "Transvision Vamp – Tell That Girl To Shut Up at Discogs". Discogs.com. July 9, 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Rock's Pioneer Woman Keeps on Moving", Newsday, 1995-07-30, p. 19.
  4. ^ "America - Holly Beth Vincent - Allmusic.com". 
  5. ^ "Holly & The Italians - Allmusic.com". 

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