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Steve Holley

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Steve Holley
Holley in 2016
Holley in 2016
Background information
Birth nameStephen Jeffrey Holley
Born (1953-08-24) 24 August 1953 (age 70)
London, England
OriginChiswick, London, England
Years active1978–present
Formerly of

Stephen Jeffrey Holley (born 24 August 1953) is an English rock 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. He has also toured with Ian Hunter, on drums and backing vocals, including a reunion tour with Mott the Hoople in 2018 and 2019

Early life[edit]

Holley was born in London. His father, Jeffrey, led a swing music band and his mother, Irene, was the singer.[1] Holley first studied the piano, but took up the drums at the age of twelve.[2]


In the course of his career, dating 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.


  • The Reluctant Dog (2003)



  1. ^ "Pearl Drums: Steve Holley Independent". Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ "steve-holley". Chillbone.com. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ Valotte (Inner sleeve). Julian Lennon. Charisma, Universal Music Group. 1984. JLLP 1.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "The Man Behind The Stars: Interview with Steve Holley | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Lipulse.com. 24 February 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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