Steve Holley

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Steve Holley
Steve Holley in 2016
Steve Holley in 2016
Background information
Birth nameStephen Jeffrey Holley
Born (1954-08-24) 24 August 1954 (age 66)
London, England
OriginChiswick, London, England
Years active1978–present
Associated actsPaul McCartney and Wings, Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter

Stephen Jeffrey Holley (born 24 August 1954) is an English rock music drummer. He was a member of Wings from August 1978 to April 1981. In 1984 he played drums and percussion in Julian Lennon's debut album Valotte. In February 2020, Holley was a member of Mott the Hoople with Ian Hunter.

Early years[edit]

Holley was born in London, England. His father, Jeffrey Holley, led a swing music band and his mother, Irene Holley, was the singer.[1] He first studied the piano, however from the age of 8 he'd always been interested in drums so he took up the drums at the age of 12.[2]


In the course of his career, dating all the way back to 1970 and an album with the band Horse, and including numerous appearances as a session musician, he performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kiki Dee, G.T. Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter, Tommy Shaw, Julian Lennon,[3] Dar Williams, Richard Barone, Ben E. King, and Chuck Berry.[4] In 1978, soon after performing on Elton John's hit single "Ego", a chance meeting in a pub in his hometown of Staines with Denny Laine resulted in him being invited to join Wings. Holley later was a member of Jules Shear's band, Reckless Sleepers.

Holley has been touring with Ian Hunter for several years as a member of Ian Hunter's Rant Band. He plays Pearl drums and Sabian cymbals.




  1. ^ "Pearl Drums: Steve Holley Independent". Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ "steve-holley". Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ Valotte (Inner sleeve). Julian Lennon. Charisma, Universal Music Group. 1984. JLLP 1.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "The Man Behind The Stars: Interview with Steve Holley | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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