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The son of a window cleaner, Noddy Holder (born Neville John Holder on 15 June 1946, at Newhall St, Walsall, West Midlands) is an English musician and actor best known as the vocalist, guitarist, and occasional bass guitarist with 1970s rock music group Slade. He co-wrote most of the band's songs with bass guitarist and occasional keyboard player, violinist, guitarist Jim Lea, and has also been praised for his distinctive vocals.

Neville attended the T. P. Riley Comprehensive School, in Walsall and passed 6 GCE O-level exams. He left school at 17 half way through his A-level course to work in the office of a local car components firm.

He had formed a group called The Rockin' Phantoms with school friends at the age of 13. With money earned from his first job he bought a Hofner guitar and an amplifier. Holder turned professional with Steve Brett & the Mavericks. The band made three singles and one TV appearance. As well as appearing onstage with Steve Brett, Neville was an occasional roadie (using his father's van, bought for their window cleaning round) for local band Listen, whose singer Robert Plant later went on to greater things with the group Led Zeppelin.

Don Powell then persuaded Holder to join The N'Betweens. The group already included guitarist Dave Hill and bass guitarist Jim Lea and the four of them went on to eventually become Slade. Lea and Holder turned out to have the group's most successful song-writing combination, composing most of the band's many hits. Noddy Holder was the lead singer and front man of Slade.

Slade were first and foremost a formidable live act and their live show has never been captued on film for commercial release.

Slade are unjustly best remembered for the single "Merry Xmas Everybody" written by Holder and Lea. Holder recorded the single with Slade in 1973, and the song became the band's sixth number one and the third Slade single to go straight in at number one in the UK chart. "Merry Xmas Everybody" has remained seasonally popular with partygoers ever since and is regularly included as a festive classic on compilation albums. To date, in the UK alone, sales of this song have exceeded several million copies.

After Slade & acting career
Iin 1991 Holder left Slade and he has appeared in various TV shows, most notably The Grimleys (1999-2001) as music teacher Neville Holder, and had his own radio show on Piccadilly 1152 in Manchester in the 1990s. He also presented 31 editions of Noddy's Electric Ladyland on Men & Motors, was a team captain in BBC's A Question of Pop and was immortalised as a puppet on the TV show Bob the Builder.

Since Noddy Holder has parted company with Slade, he has only ever recorded one song - a short acoustic version of the Slade song Coz I luv you, which featured on the soundtrack album for 'The Grimleys' TV show. This has also been made available as a digital download.

In 1999 Noddy Holder's autobiography Who's Crazee Now? was published and he was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his services to music. The singer has also been the subject of the This Is Your Life TV show. On 8 December 2000, Holder made a cameo appearance in a live episode of Granada Television's Coronation Street, as a character called Stan, helping the cast mark the 40th anniversary of the soap.

Holder's voice was famously used in 2000 to record the lift announcements at the Walsall New Art Gallery. Director of the gallery Peter Jenkinson said at the time: "We are delighted that Noddy has agreed to record the lift announcements so that generations to come will be able to enjoy the unmistakable voice of Walsall's most famous son".

On 7 April 2004, in East Cheshire, he married TV-producer Suzan Price, with whom he has a son, Django (named after legendary gypsy jazz-guitarist Django Reinhardt), who was born in January 1995. Holder has two grown daughters, Jessica and Charisse, from his previous marriage, to Leandra. Nod is a grandfather. Nod maintains his personal privacy quite strictly.

In November 2004 he made a guest appearance in the second episode of Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere - filmed on Radcliffe Road in Bolton - in which he played a garage mechanic called Mick Bustin.

In 2005 Noddy has appeared in an advertisement campaign for Nobby's Nuts and Crisps.
He is the Nobby's Nuts mascot following on from the famous TV campaign.

In 2006 Noddy made a guest appearance alongside Northampton Indie Rockers The Retro Spankees in a music video for the Misty's Big Adventure single 'Fashion Parade'.

Since Christmas 2007, Holder has annually recorded a TV show countdown of hit Christmas tunes

For Christmas 2007, he recorded 'Noddy Holders Favourite Christmas Songs,' a countdown of his favourite seasonal songs from various musicians, for the music channel The Hits.

Holder was a regular TV critic and contributor to The Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 for eight years, and the three often talked about rock star gossip from all eras. Radcliffe often refers to Holder as 'Sir Nodward of Holdershire'. He also occasionally presented Dumber & Dumbest, which was broadcast in the UK on Five.

On 9 December 2007, Holder was the third celebrity to be inducted onto the Birmingham Walk of Stars. 27,000 people turned out to his induction ceremony, which took place at Birmingham's 2007 Canal Boat Light Parade.

On 24th December 2008, Holder appeared on British TV's BBC humorous news quiz show Have I Got News for You as a member of comedian and writer Paul Merton's team.

In January 2010, Holder and his wife appeared on All Star Mr.and Mrs. on ITV, where they won the £30,000 jackpot for the NSPCC charity.

In 2011, Holder as 'King of the Sizzle' fronted British Sausage Week, touring the country to find the Best British Bangers and to promote support for British farmers and butchers. Holder has taken the opportunity to do some very confusingly non-rock'n'roll things since parting with Slade.

Holder featured as "Geoff's Dad" in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Hobby Bobbies. Series 1 was broadcast July / August 2013 and Series 2 November / December 2014.

During May 2013, Holder toured the UK with Mark Radcliffe for a series of intimate 'In conversation with' shows to celebrate his 50th year in showbiz Venues for the spring part of the tour include Bolton, Leeds, Durham, Telford, Preston, Redditch, Buxton and Harrogate. During the majority of shows, Holder performed some short acoustic numbers.

On 24 June 2014, Holder was awarded the freedom of his home town of Walsall, making him an honorary freeman of the borough.
On 25 September 2014, Holder released his second book via Constable, titled The World According to Noddy.

In December 2015, he appeared as a presenter on BBC television's Songs of Praise.
On Christmas Day 2015 Holder appeared in a cameo role in BBC television's Mrs Brown's Boys.

Nod has made a number of personal appeances related to local charities with which he is involved as a patron. He does not use social media personally. Any pages that state that they are his page are misleading readers. Noddy Holder has stated categorically that the original line-up of Slade will not reunite. He has no intention of rejoining the group, though he occasionally liked to start fans talking about the possibility by dropping 'never say never' comments in radio interviews, when asked about the possibility. Mostly these days, he will admit that there is no chance of it happening.


Don Powell

Donald George Powell, (born 10 September 1946, Bilston, Staffordshire, England) is the drummer who founded the English rock group, Slade.


As a child Powell joined the Boy Scouts where he became interested in the drums after being asked to join the band on a Sunday morning parade. After Etheridge Secondary Modern School, he studied Metallurgy at Wednesbury Technical College. Powell then worked as a metallurgist in a small foundry before turning professional as a drummer.

Powell became a member of The Vendors, a band that guitarist Dave Hill later joined. The Vendors later became the N'Betweens and bass guitarist / keyboard player / violinist / guitarist Jim Lea got in at an audition. Powell then spotted Noddy Holder playing with Steve Brett & The Mavericks and he and Hill got Holder to join the N'Betweens. They regrouped as Ambrose Slade, changed the name to Slade and the success began.

Don Powell

Powell was the wit of the group and was considered by Slade's fans to be one of rock's best drummers. He co-wrote a number of Slade's earlier songs, mainly with Lea. Many of them can be found on the 1970 Slade album Play it Loud. He also co-wrote one of Slade's Top 10 hits "Look Wot You Dun" with Holder and Lea in 1972, and made the breathing noises in the background of the song.

On 4 July 1973, when Slade were number one in the UK Singles Chart with "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me", Powell was badly injured in a serious car crash in Wolverhampton, in which his 20-year-old girlfriend Angela was killed. He broke both of his ankles and five of his ribs. Surgeons had to drill into his skull to ease the internal pressure and he was unconscious for six days but he came round and eventually pulled through, finding the best therapy to be work. By mid-August, Powell was back recording with the group.

When the Top 5 hit "My Friend Stan" was recorded, Powell was still walking with the aid of a stick and had to be lifted onto his drum-kit.  The accident left Powell with no senses of taste and smell, and to this day he has severe problems with his short-term memory, whilst his long-term memory has remained unaffected.

When Slade split up in 1991 Don Powell owned and operated an antique import / export company before he reconvened the band as Slade II in 1993 with Dave Hill. He has remained active with various line-ups to this day and has released the albums Keep on Rockin' and Cum On Let's Party!

The name of the band was shortened back to Slade in 1997. In 2000 Don Powell had a small cameo role in the BBC TV drama version of Lorna Doone.

Powell has been married twice and for a number of years he lived in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England. In 2004 he moved to Silkeborg, Denmark, where he now lives with his partner Hanne. In December 2005, Powell appeared in the Channel 4 TV documentary 'Bring Back...The Christmas Number One'.

Don Powell was the subject of a collaborative biography with Lise Lyng Falkenberg.

He announced that he was no longer with Dave Hill's Slade in February 2020

The Don Powell Band are ready to rehearse for shows, COVID restrictions permitting.

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David John Hill

Early life
Born 4 April 1946, in Flete House Hospital, Holbeton, near Kingsbridge, Devon, England, UK, the son of a mechanic, he moved with his parents to Wolverhampton when he was only a year old. There he attended Springdale Primary school and Highfields Secondary Modern school. He bought his first guitar from a mail order catalogue and received some guitar lessons from a science teacher at his school. He then formed a band called 'The Young Ones' with some school friends. upon leaving school he worked in an office of the firm Tarmac for over two years.

He originally played with drummer Don Powell in a band that Don was already in, called The Vendors. The Vendors changed their name to The N'Betweens, met bass player Jimmy Lea and singer Noddy Holder, whereafter Slade was born.

Money was tight when the young Hill started playing, and right-handed guitars were much cheaper than left-handed ones, so even though Hill was left-handed, he played (and still plays) guitar right-handed. Hill's best known guitar was the "John Birch Superyob" that was built in 1973 (now owned by Marco Pirroni of Adam and the Ants). It became a vital part of Hill's image, just like his huge platform boots, his broad grin, the fringes and the outrageous costumes.

Hill was unkindly known as the class clown of the band, and his bizarre costumes and antics led to some friction with the more serious Lea. This led to an alleged show-down in a BBC dressing room before a recording of Top of the Pops where Hill replied to Lea's repeated criticism of his dress by saying "You write 'em Jim, I'll sell em!".

In 1989 Dave Hill and Noddy Holder did a remake of The Everly Brother's hit song "Crying in the Rain." They released Crying In The Rain as a 7" single and it was backed with "Wild Nites", written by Dave and Bill Hunt, on the Mooncrest label under the group name, Blessings In Disguise, both songs with Noddy on lead vocals.

In 1991, Hill followed it up with a further Blessings In Disguise single "Chance To Be" / "You're The Reason I'm Strong" - which did not feature Holder at all. "Chance To Be" was a charity record composed by Daniel Somers & Colin Baines to raise money for Queen Alexandra College for the Blind in Birmingham.

Recent years
Slade finally split up in 1991, but Dave Hill decided to carry the group on as 'Slade II'. Don Powell joined him and the band has continued to this day with various lineups. In 1997 the name was shortened back to Slade. The band has released the album Keep on Rockin' , which has also been re-packaged as Superyob, and also as Cum On Let's Party!

Dave embraced the notion of a "yob" culture. As well as the references to "Superyob" above, Dave, used the numberplate YOB 1 on his cars. The most famous of these was a silver Jensen. Latterly it was on a Rolls Royce, but the YOB 1 plate was sold along with the car. Hill married his wife Jan in Mexico City in the 1970s, and they have three children: Jade, Bibi and Sam. Hill and his wife have embraced the Jehovah's Witness faith. They live in Lower Penn, Staffordshire, England, where Hill occasionally teaches music at Lower Penn School and Penn Hall School.

In December 2005, Hill appeared in the Channel 4 TV documentary - 'Bring Back...The Christmas Number One'. In 2010, Hill had a mini-stroke, which took Slade off the road for a large part of the year, but he recovered well and resumed playing in December of 2010. Slade have continued to tour since then.

Dave Hill wrote his autobiography 'So here it is..'. and it was published by Unbound - issued first as a hardback, then as an extended paperback version, with an additional chapter.

He parted company with the founding (and last remaining) member of the original band, Don Powell, in February 2020.

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        Dave Hill


James Whild Lea
(born on 14 June 1949, at the Melbourne Arms Pub, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England) is an English musician, most notable for playing bass guitar, keyboards, violin, guitar, singing backing vocals and occasional lead vocals in the English rock band, Slade.

Jim Lea was the nearest thing Slade had to a trained musician. Influenced by French jazz-violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Lea's first musical love was the violin, which he took up at the age of 9. He attended Codsall Comprehensive School - now Codsall High School. He played violin in the Staffordshire Youth Orchestra, and gained first class honours in a London music-school practical exam, before moving on to piano, guitar and finally bass guitar.

He first played guitar, and then bass, in the schoolboy group 'Nick and The Axemen', then went for auditions for a local band, 'The N'Betweens'. Drummer Don Powell, guitarist Dave Hill and vocalist Johnny Howells were already members, and when Noddy Holder joined soon after, the foundations for Slade had been laid. Johnny Howells later left the band, as they had effectively stopped playing the bluesy music that he loved.

Jim Lea, along with Noddy Holder, was Slade's principal songwriter. It was Jim Lea that generally wrote the melodies, and Holder who concentrated on the lyrics. In the 1980s he also produced all of Slade's recording sessions (except for some of the later singles), and became an increasingly dominant creative force within the band. It was not uncommon for him to handle Holder's and even some of Hill's guitar parts on later Slade records.

Jim sang the lead vocal on: 'When the lights are out', 'Radio Wall of Sound'. Jim also shared lead vocals on: 'Don't talk to me about love', 'Leave them girls alone' and sections of 'Ready to explode'. He did not sing sole lead vocals on any other released Slade recordings. Jim Lea left Slade after Holder's departure from the band in 1991, being of the opinion that Slade was about all of the four of them or nothing. He studied psychotherapy, but has not taken it up as a full-time career.

Sightings of Jim Lea are few and far between, as he lives a closely-guarded private life and does not attend music business related functions unless he is pretty much obliged to. The family moved from their home, 'Redroofs' on Warstones Road in Wolverhampton, partly because too many fans discovered his home address. He initially stayed in the locality, but now spends the majority of his time at his other home in London.

His lack of commercially-released product in recent years had been a major source of frustration to Slade fans, who expected him to simply carry on churning out material. It was not widely known however, that Jim prioritised his family above his music career, taking some time out to act as a carer for close family members who were particularly unwell. Jim has always kept his family life quite private.

Jim Lea doesn't do Facebook or social media, but is involved with the placing of content on The Jim Lea Music Facebook page.

Jim Lea continued to create music and released a number of singles under odd pseudonyms such as 'China Dolls', 'JimJam', 'The Greenfields Of Tong' and 'Whild', all via the Trojan group of labels. The most noteable release of the time was The Dummies album A Day in the Life of The Dummies, which gathered together all the demos, and single tracks, that he recorded with his brother, Frank Lea, and wife Louise.

He has done an amount of serious outside production work, with and without Holder, in Slade's dry periods, including: The Mission (under the pseudonym The Metal Gurus), The Redbeards from Texas, Gary Holton, Girlschool, The Crybabys.

Since Slade stopped touring in early 1984, Jim Lea has performed full live shows only twice; once for a local protest against a motorway development in his home area, and once again for a charity event at the Robin 2 venue in Bilston, near Slade's old local pub, The Trumpet. The majority of the recording of that show has been packaged in as a bonus disc with his Therapy CD and some fan footage from the show was issued on DVD in late 2017.

Jim also invested in a property business. In early 2004, it was confirmed that he was in the recording studio, working on a new solo record. In 2007, he finally released the results of that activity - his first solo album, 'Therapy' which was made available on CD. He later released a live album of his 2002 Robin 2 show as a download via his website. That live album was later repackaged as a bonus disc with the Therapy set on his own JimJam label.

Wiernerworld have recently reissued his Therapy album in 2016 with a total of six bonus tracks (see the Therapy page on the site). Many Slade fans had never previously heard of it, so low-key was the promotion at the time of its original release. The promising and very current-sounding 'Am I the greatest now?' was selected as a lead track for a download-only single in 2016.

In 2017, Jim announced the release of a further download-only single, 'All coming back to me now'. The 'For one night only' DVD of his live show from 2002 was set for release in November 2017. In November 2017, a screening event was held for the Live at the Robin2 DVD. Jim performed a few songs with backing tracks at the event and a small run DVD of the screening event was released to raise money for his chosen charity in June 2018. His 6 track EP 'Lost in space' appeared the same month - consisting of one recent title track and 5 others recorded in the late 1990's.

Jim has said that he has two projects that are due for release, the second of those being an album called 'String Theory' which was expected in 2018. Details of the other project are being kept under wraps for now. One turned out to be the 'Lost In Space' EP. String Theory remains unreleased.

The Jim Lea Music Facebook page

Jim Lea  Jim Lea of Slade 2017

Jim Lea and family



Johnny Travelle and the Vendors

John Howells – Vocals.
Mick Marston – Guitar
Billy Diffey - Bass.
Don Powell – Drums

Johnny Shane – Guitar

Brad Ford & The Sundowners
(1962 – 63)

John Bradford – Vocals.
Keith Evans – Drums
Tony Bate – Bass.
Tony Carter - Rhythm Guitar
Brian Mclaghlan - Rhythm Guitar
Dave Hill – Guitar

The (Rockin') Phantoms
(1963 – 9th May 1964)

John Cooper - Vocals.
Phil Burnell – Guitar
Kenny Holland /Pete Bickley - Bass
Mick Aulton / Gerry Kibble - Drums
Noddy Holder – Vocals - Guitar

Nick and the Axemen
(approx Oct 1963)

Nick Vance - Vocals
Jim Lea – Gtr / Bass
Robert Haynes - Gtr
Barry Wooton - Drums

Johnny Travelle and the Vendors

John Howells – Vocals.
Mick Marston – Guitar
Billy Diffey - Bass.
Don Powell – Drums

Dave Hill - guitar

The Young Ones (1963 )
John Bradford – Vocals.
Keith Evans – Drums
Tony Carter - Bass.
Billy Hickman - Vocals
Dave Hill – Guitar

The Memphis Cut-Outs
(May – August 1964)

John Cooper - Vocals.
Phil Burnell – Guitar
Pete Bickley - Bass.
Gerry Kibble - Drums
Noddy Holder – Vocals - Guitar

The Stalkers
Mick Evans - Harmonica
Tony Jenkins - Vocals.
Clive - Drums.
Mick - Guitar.
Jim Lea - Bass

The Big Roll Seven
(1963 - 1964)

Mac Wooley – Drums.
Eddie Pearce - Piano
Fred Lewis – Bass.
Ron Graystone – Sax
Tony Archer – Sax.
Dave Hill – Guitar

Steve Brett & the Mavericks
(Aug 1964 – Dec 1965)
Steve Brett - Vocals.
Phil Burnell – Guitar
Pete Bickley - Bass.
Gerry Kibble - Drums
Terry Taylor - Sax.
Noddy Holder – Vocals - Guitar

The N'Betweens (1964 - 65)
John Howells – Vocals. Mick Marston – Guitar, Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar, Dave (Cass) Jones- Bass

The N'Betweens (early 1966)
John Howells – Vocals. Mick Marston – Guitar, Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar, Jim Lea – Bass

The N'Betweens (3rd – 24th March 1966)
John Howells – Vocals. Mick Marston – Guitar, Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar, Jim Lea - Bass. Noddy Holder – Guitar / Vocals

The N'Betweens (24th March – Mid 1966)
John Howells – Vocals. Don Powell – Drums, Dave Hill - Guitar. Jim Lea - Bass, Noddy Holder – Guitar / Vocals

The N'Betweens (1966 – Jan 1969)
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar, Jim Lea - Bass. Noddy Holder – Guitar / Vocals

Ambrose Slade (Jan - Dec 1969)
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar, Jim Lea - Bass. Noddy Holder – Guitar / Vocals

SLADE (Dec 1969 – 1992) :
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar / vocals, Jim Lea - Bass / violin / guitar / vocals. Noddy Holder – Guitar / Vocals

The Dummies (1979 - 1981)
Jim Lea - Bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals, etc. Frank Lea - Drums. Louise Lea - Vocals.

Slade II mk 1
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar.
Steve Whalley - Guitar and lead vocals. Craig Fenney - Bass. Steve Makin - Guitar.

Slade II mk 2
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Steve Whalley - Guitar and lead vocals. Trevor Holliday - Bass. Steve Makin - Guitar.

Slade II mk 3
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Steve Whalley - Guitar and lead vocals. Trevor Holliday - Bass.

Slade II mk 4 (from this point re-named 'SLADE' again)
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Steve Whalley - Guitar and lead vocals. Dave Glover - Bass.

Slade II mk 5
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Steve Whalley - Guitar and lead vocals. John Berry - Bass.

Slade II mk 6
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Mal McNulty - Guitar and lead vocals. John Berry - Bass.

Slade II mk 7
Don Powell – Drums. Dave Hill - Guitar. Russell Keefe - Keys, Guitar, lead vocals. John Berry - Bass.
(Bruce Bisland - deputy drummer)

Slade II mk 8 (February 2020)
Dave Hill - Guitar. John Berry - Bass. Russell Keefe - Keys, Guitar, lead vocals. Alex Bines - drums.