Tim Hollier

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Tim Hollier
Born1947
Brighton, England
Died5 July 2017
GenresFolk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, music publisher
Years activeMid-1960s–1974
LabelsUnited Artists, Fontana, Philips, York

Tim Hollier (1947 – 5 July 2017) was a British folk musician who released several albums in the late 1960s and 1970s. He went on to work in music publishing.

Career[edit]

Born in Brighton in 1947, Hollier was raised in West Cumberland.[1] In the mid-1960s he moved to London where he became involved in the city's folk scene, playing in the duo the Sovereigns.[1][2] He graduated in Fine Arts and Graphic Design in 1968, and was signed by United Artists Records, who released his debut album, Message to a Harlequin, in October that year, described by Allmusic as "hauntingly beautiful".[1][2][3] In November he recorded a session for the BBC's Night Ride radio show.[4]

In 1969 he moved to Fontana Records, releasing his self-titled second album the following year.[2] He followed this with Sky Sail in 1971 on Philips Records, described by Allmusic as Hollier's "magnum opus".[2][5] He performed several times on radio, including a half-hour Tim Hollier and Friends show on BBC Radio 1 in 1970.[6]

In 1973 he started the Songwriters Workshop label, signing artists such as Peter Sarstedt and later Ed Welch.[2][7][8]

Hollier's final solo album was The Story of Mill Reef (1974), a collection of songs about the famous race horse recorded for a Yorkshire TV documentary.

In the late 1970s Hollier teamed up with Chris Cooksey and Lynda Taylor in the shortlived group the Softrock, releasing one album in 1980.[9] He also started the Softrock Music publishing company.[8]

Having moved into music publishing in the late 1970s, in 1983 he co-founded Filmtrax plc, which went on to own major catalogues including the Abba Catalogue of Songs, Columbia Pictures Music Group, Novello & Co, and Belwin Mills.[1][2] In 1984 he acquired Leosong, retaining a 25% share in the company and serving as chairman until leaving in 1996 after disagreements with majority shareholder Mark Levinson.[10] In 1999 he founded Screen Music Services, and later co-founded Music Copyright Solutions plc.[1] In 2008 he co-founded the Atlantic Screen Group of companies.[1][11]

Hollier died on 5 July 2017 due to complications of surgery.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "In This Room" (1970), Fontana
  • "The Circle Is Small" (1971), Philips

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "R.I.P. Tim Hollier", basca.org.uk, 6 July 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eder, Bruce "Tim Hollier Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2018
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce "Message to a Harlequin Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2018
  4. ^ Garner, Ken (1993) In Session Tonight, BBC Books, ISBN 978-0563364528
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce "Sky Sail Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2018
  6. ^ "Radio". Aberdeen Press and Journal. 15 August 1970. Retrieved 6 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ Hollier, Tim "BASCA profile", basca.org.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2018
  8. ^ a b "Award-Winning". The Stage. 17 July 1980. Retrieved 6 February 2018 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ Ice Cream, Blue Jeans & Diamonds, DB Records (DB LP 1)
  10. ^ Hunter, Nigel (1996) "Chairman Hollier Leaves Leosong Copyright Service", Billboard, 15 June 1996, p. 54. Retrieved 17 January 2018 via Google Books
  11. ^ Mills, Richard (2017) "Pewsey firm is taking on the Hollywood big boys", Gazette & Herald, 4 March 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018