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Tim Hollier

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Tim Hollier was one of the most unfairly neglected of folk-based artists to come out of late-’60s England, his brand of trippy, quietly elegant psychedelic folk-rock deserving an infinitely wider hearing than it got — not that he ultimately did badly in music, but he deserved better earlier. Born in Brighton in 1947, Hollier was raised in West Cumberland, and at age 13 formed his first group, the Meteors, with a group of friends from school. He attended art college and played as part of a folk duo called the Sovereigns in the mid-’60s. He later moved to London to study graphic design, and got involved in the folk scene there, seeing some limited success as an opening act for such well-known figures as blues songstress Jo Ann Kelly and visiting American Paul Simon.

An introduction to Simon Napier-Bell — a music figure best remembered today as the man who inherited the Yardbirds’ management from Giorgio Gomelsky — got Hollier to the next phase of his career, a proper recording contract. Napier-Bell got Hollier signed with United Artists Records’ U.K. division, a much more adventurous outfit than its American parent company. Where the latter was still relying on soundtracks and recording Jay & the Americans, the U.K. United Artists outfit was downright experimental, cutting psychedelic sides by Del Shannon; it wouldn’t be long before they’d sign up Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin’ Groovies.

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  • kylis

    Hey, this is quite good.

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • RaihanSangherra

    My university professor wrote a few of these songs. He and Tim Hollier used to play with David Bowie back in the day... crazy.

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • f_bardamu

    oh a true obscure musician . only 123 listeners still ?

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Reincremation

    last time i looked at this he had 30 listeners so i'm glad he's gradually getting some recognition here...

    10 Mar 2008 Reply

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