Holland at the British Academy Television Awards 2009
|Birth name||Julian Miles Holland|
|Born||24 January 1958|
Blackheath, London, England
Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958) is an English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer and television presenter. He was an original member of the band Squeeze and his work has involved him with many artists including Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Magazine, The The and Bono.
Since 1992, he has hosted Later... with Jools Holland, a music-based show aired on BBC2, on which his annual show Hootenanny is based. Holland is a published author and appears on television shows besides his own and contributes to radio shows. In 2004, he collaborated with Tom Jones on an album of traditional R&B music.
Holland also regularly hosts the weekly programme Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2, which is a mix of live and recorded music and general chat and features studio guests, along with members of his orchestra.
Holland was educated at Shooters Hill Grammar School, a former state grammar school on Red Lion Lane in Shooter's Hill (near Woolwich), in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in southeast London, from which he was expelled for damaging a teacher's Triumph Herald.
Life and career
Holland was a founding member of the British pop band Squeeze, formed in March 1974, in which he played keyboards until 1981 and helped the band to achieve millions of record sales, before pursuing his solo career.
Holland began issuing solo records in 1978, his first EP being Boogie Woogie '78. He continued his solo career through the early 1980s, releasing an album and several singles between 1981 and 1984. He branched out into TV, co-presenting the Newcastle-based TV music show The Tube with Paula Yates. Holland achieved notoriety by inadvertently using the phrase, "be there, or be an ungroovey fucker" in an early evening TV trailer, live across two channels, for the show, causing him to be suspended from the show for six weeks. He referred to this in his sitcom The Groovy Fellers with Rowland Rivron. Holland also appeared as a guest host on MTV.
In 1983 Holland played an extended piano solo on The The's re-recording of "Uncertain Smile" for the album Soul Mining. In 1985, Squeeze (which had continued in Holland's absence through to 1982) unexpectedly regrouped including Holland as their keyboard player. Holland remained in the band until 1990, at which point he again departed Squeeze to resume his solo career as a musician and a TV host.
Between 1988 and 1990 he performed and co-hosted along with David Sanborn during the two seasons of the music performance programme Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. Since 1992 he has presented the music programme Later... with Jools Holland, plus an annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny.
On 29 November 2002, Holland was in the ensemble of musicians who performed at the Concert for George, which celebrated the music of the late George Harrison. In January 2005 Holland and his band performed with Eric Clapton as the headline act of the Tsunami Relief Cardiff.
On 4 June 2012, Holland performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. Also in June 2012, he presented a programme about the popular songs of London on BBC Two.
He presents a weekly programme on BBC Radio 2, combining guests and chat, with recorded and live music.
On 24 June 2017 Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra played a set on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival which included a special appearance from Chris Difford, a current member of his previous band Squeeze.
In November 2017 Holland released a new album As You See Me Now, working alongside Jose Feliciano and embarked on a sell-out tour of 33 UK dates. In many interviews Jools described Feliciano as his true hero, saying: "When I heard his music, it had the same effect on me as Ray Charles, The Beatles and Motown. Hearing José sing and play was like an arrow straight to my heart."
On 29 August 2005, Holland married Christabel McEwen, his girlfriend of 15 years and daughter of artist Rory McEwen. Holland lives in the Westcombe Park area of Blackheath in southeast London, where he had his studio, Helicon Mountain, built to his design and inspired by Portmeirion, the setting for the 1960s TV series The Prisoner. He also owns a manor house near medieval Cooling Castle in Kent.
He appeared on the cover of Railway Modeller magazine in January 2019. In the attic of his house, Holland has spent ten years building a 100-foot (30 m) model railway. It is full of miniature buildings and landscapes that stretch from Berlin to London. He started with photographs and paintings from early 1960s London. "In the evenings, he builds some trains and buildings before switching on some music, pouring a glass of wine and switching on the trains to watch them move around the room."
He received an OBE in 2003 in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for services to the British music industry as a television presenter and musician. In September 2006, Holland was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent. Holland was appointed an honorary fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a ceremony held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2009. On 1 February 2011 he was appointed honorary colonel of 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment.
In June 2006 Holland performed in Southend for HIV/AIDS charity Mildmay, and in early 2007 he performed at Wells and Rochester Cathedrals to raise money for maintaining cathedral buildings. He is also patron of Drake Music.
A fan of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner, in 1987 Holland demonstrated his love of the series and starred in a spoof documentary, The Laughing Prisoner, with Stephen Fry, Terence Alexander and Hugh Laurie. Much of it was shot on location in Portmeirion, with archive footage of Patrick McGoohan, and featuring musical numbers from Siouxsie and the Banshees, Magnum and XTC. Holland performed a number towards the end of the programme.
His 2007 autobiography, Barefaced Lies and Boogie Woogie Boasts, was BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week" in the week beginning 8 October 2007 and was read by Holland.
Albums which charted and received certifications
|Year||Album||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1996||Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll||38||–|
|2000||Hop The Wag||–||–||
|2001||Small World Big Band||8||23||
|2002||SWBB Volume Two: More Friends||17||44||
|2003||Jack O The Green (SWBB Friends 3)||39||–||
|2004||Tom Jones & Jools Holland||5||–||
|2005||Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska||36||–|
|2007||Best of Friends||9||–||
|2011||Finding The Keys – The Best of||127||–|
|2012||The Golden Age of Song||11||–||
|2015||Jools & Ruby||39||–|
|2017||As You See Me Now (with José Feliciano)||24||–|
|2018||A Lovely Life to Live (with Marc Almond)||61||–|
- 1978 "Boogie Woogie '78" (EP)
- 1981 Jools Holland and His Millionaires
- 1984 Jools Holland Meets Rock 'A' Boogie Billy (US release only)
- 1990 World of His Own
- 1991 The Full Complement
- 1992 "Together Again" (single with Sam Brown)
- 1992 The A-Z Geographer's Guide to the Piano
- 1994 Solo Piano
- 1994 Live Performance
- 1995 Piano
- 1996 Sex & Jazz & Rock & Roll
- 1997 Lift the Lid
- 1998 Best Of
- 1999 Sunset Over London
- 2000 Hop the Wag
- 2001 Small World Big Band
- 2002 SWBB Volume Two: More Friends
- 2003 Jack O the Green (SWBB Friends 3)
- 2004 Tom Jones & Jools Holland
- 2005 Beatroute
- 2005 Swinging the Blues, Dancing the Ska
- 2006 Moving Out to the Country
- 2007 Best of Friends
- 2008 The Collection
- 2008 The Informer (with Ruby Turner)
- 2008 "The Informer" (single with Ruby Turner)
- 2009 "I Went By" (single with Louise Marshall)
- 2010 Rockinghorse
- 2011 Finding the Keys: The Best of Jools Holland
- 2012 The Golden Age of Song
- 2014 Sirens of Song (UK No. 25)
- 2015 Jools & Ruby (with Ruby Turner)
- 2016 Piano
- 2017 As You See Me Now (with José Feliciano)
- 2018 A Lovely Life to Live (with Marc Almond)
Film and television
- 1981 Otway & Barrett Live
- 1981 Urgh! A Music War
- 1982 Police: Around the World
- 1982–87 The Tube (Host for 121 editions)
- 1983 Rebellious Jukebox: Compere
- 1984 The Young Ones: punk (episode entitled "Cash")
- 1985 Walking to New Orleans (Jools Holland in New Orleans)
- 1987 Eat the Rich: Sun Reporter
- 1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap: Strip Show Pianist (Episode No. 1.3)
- 1987 The Laughing Prisoner: No. 7
- 1987 French and Saunders (Episode 1.5)
- 1988 Sunday Night: Host (unknown episodes)
- 1989-90 Juke Box Jury: Host (unknown episodes)
- 1989 The Groovy Fellers Himself, 6 episodes
- 1990-92 Jools Holland's Happening (Noel Gay Productions 37 episodes (BSB 1990-1991); 12 episodes (Channel 4, 1991-1992). Entire series believed wiped )
- 1991 Mr Roadrunner (Jools Holland in Memphis)
- 1994 There's No Business: Pianist
- 1994–95 Don't Forget Your Toothbrush
- 1995 The Beatles Anthology
- 1997 Spice World: Musical Director
- 1997 Name That Tune: Host and Pianist
- 1998 Beat Route: Round the World with Jools Holland: Host and Pianist
- 2001 Astley's Way: Tribute to composer Edwin Astley
- 2003 Jools' History of the Piano: Presenter
- 2007 Fairport@Forty: Interview
- 2007 Top Gear: Star in a reasonably priced car.
- 2009 Chop Shop Rover Concept: The Jet 1 Car : Customer
- 2012 Jools Holland – London Calling: Presenter
- 2014 The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as himself
Current television programmes
- "Rolling Stones": A Life on the Road (with Dora Loewenstein), Viking/Allen Lane (1998) (ISBN 0-670-88051-5)
- Beat Route: Journeys Through Six Counties, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1998) (ISBN 0-575-06700-4)
- Ray Charles: Man and Music, (with Michael Lydon), Payback Press (1999) (ISBN 0-86241-929-8)
- Hand That Changed Its Mind, International Music Publications (2007) (ISBN 1-84328-645-9)
- Barefaced Lies and Boogie-woogie Boasts, Penguin Books (2007) (ISBN 9780718149154)
- "BBC Later With Jools Holland". BBC. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- Farndale, Nigel (19 November 2006). "A man in touch with his inner anorak". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- "About Jools – Official site". Joolsholland.com. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
- "Laughing Policeman Wireless Society: History of Swearing". Laughingpoliceman.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Sunday Night" episodes No. 104 (1988), No. 113 (1989), No. 114 (1989), No. 121 (1989)
- "About Jools – Biography – Official site". Joolsholland.com. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
- Dyer, Chris; Bird, Steve (17 March 2018). "Jools Holland wins battle over late night music from wedding venue neighbour". Telegraph.co.uk.
- "Jools Holland in wedding venue noise row". Bbc.co.uk. 16 March 2018.
- PECO. Railway Modeller https://peco-uk.com/pages/railway-modeller. Retrieved 26 February 2019. Missing or empty
- Horton, Helena. "Jools Holland reveals 100ft long model railway in his attic that he spent 10 years building". The Telegraph. The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
- "No. 56963". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 14 June 2003. p. 11.
- Farndale, Nigel (19 November 2006). "A man in touch with his inner anorak". (Interview with Jools Holland). London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "Widdecombe, Holland and Underwood are appointed honorary fellows". Canterbury Christ Church University. 3 February 2009. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
- "No. 59986". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 6 December 2011. p. 23310.
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- "Jools Holland To Play UK Charity Concerts". Easier.com. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 5 December 2007.
- "Leaders in Music, Disability & Technology". Drake Music. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
- Racing Post Greyhound TV, Racing Post, 11 January 2013.
-  Archived 14 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Jools Holland | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
- Steffen Hung. "Discography Jools Holland". Charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
- "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update: Chart Date 18 June 2011". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- "Official UK Albums Top 100 – 22nd December 2012 | Official UK Top 40 | music charts | Official Albums Chart". Officialcharts.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- Copsey, Rob (2015-12-11). "Adele beats Coldplay to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
- "Jools Holland - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine: Jools' Holland's Happening 1990-1991. Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publishing. Retrieved: 29 May 2015.
- Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine: Jools' Holland's Happening (1991-1992). Publisher: Kaleidoscope Publishing. Retrieved: 29 May 2015.
- "Virginia Astley". Virginiaastley.com. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Official website
- Jools Holland on IMDb
- Jools Holland at BBC Programmes (BBC Radio 2)
- Later...with Jools Holland at BBC Programmes (BBC Two)