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Holle Thee Maxwell
Holle Thee Maxwell was born on October 17, 1945 as HOLLE THEE MARCLA RODE MAXWELL. She recorded singles under the name Holly Maxwell in the 1960s-1970s for the record labels Constellation, (Curtis Mayfields) Curtom Records, Smit-Whit, and Star. Her songs Only When Youre Lonely, One Thin Dime, Never Love Again, Suffer, and Philly Barracuda were regional hits across the country. Today, her singles are sought by collectors across the world, especially in Europe where they call her sound Northern Soul.
Holle Thee sang her first song professionally at the age of 5, studied classical voice and piano at the age of 9, , and graduated with degrees from both The Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and The Julliard School in New York City. Holle is an accomplished songwriter as well as an incredible singer. Blues superstar, Bobby Blue Bland covered one of her songs on his critically acclaimed album Come Fly With Me. In addition to singing soul, rock, jazz, country and blues, Holle also sings in French, German and Italian. From opera, to Thee blues (as she likes to call it), Holle Thee Maxwell can sing it all in a way that is distinctly Holle.
Holle recorded with jazz great Jimmy Smith, and replaced Tina Turner in the Ike Turners band. Holle also worked with The Temptations, Johnny Taylor, The Spinners, The Dells, Fred Williamson, Captain and Tenille, Reynaldo Rey and many others. Sammy Davis Jr., Redd Foxx, Sydney Poitier, Isaac Hayes, KoKo Taylor, Archie More, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammed Ali, Slappy White, Lou Gossett Jr., King Curtis and others have all been fans of Holle Thee Maxwell.
Holles performances will not disappoint. Her recent performance at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2009 Time Out Chicago asked: Would you expect any less from a lady who once danced on tables at a high-school cafeteria to promote her latest record?
AN ICON A MUSICAL LIVING LEGEND THEE BLACK BLONDE BOMBSHELL There is only one HOLLE THEE MAXWELL!
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