Steve Holley

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Steve Holley in 2016.

Stephen Jeffrey Holley (born 24 August 1954, London, England) is an English rock music drummer. He was a member of Paul McCartney and Wings from August 1978 to April 1981.

Early years[edit]

His father, Jeffrey, led a swing music band and his mother, Irene, was the singer.[1] He first studied the piano, but took up the drums at the age of 12.[2]


In the course of his career, dating back to the early 1970s and including numerous appearances as a sessions musician, he performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kiki Dee, G.T. Moore & The Reggae Guitars, Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter, 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.

Steve 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 (link)
  4. ^ "The Man Behind The Stars: Interview with Steve Holley | Long Island Pulse Magazine". Retrieved 4 August 2014.