Artist of The Month February 2018 – Holly Johnson
Artist of The Month February 2018 – Holly Johnson. William Holly Johnson (born 9 February 1960), born William Johnson and known professionally as Holly Johnson, is an English artist, musician, and writer, best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, who achieved huge commercial success in the mid-1980s.
Holly Johnson Hand Signed Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 12″ Single
After gaining some measure of local celebrity from being a member of Big In Japan, Johnson became involved with a group of younger musicians who together would become the nucleus of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Johnson himself named the new band after seeing the headline of an article about Frank Sinatra. This new band quickly gained a reputation for their stage show which had strong SM overtones. It was during this period that guitarist Brian Nash and backing vocalist Paul Rutherford completed the band’s established line up.
Paul Rutherford, Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole and Brian Nash hand signed Two Tribes.
After the band’s reputation grew large enough to attract record company interest, they were eventually signed to a new record company, ZTT. Johnson became exposed to the general public via the phenomenal success of their debut single Relax, which was a huge, and controversial, hit in 1984. After such success during 1984, when the band spent nearly four months at the top of the singles chart, Johnson was firmly established as a household name. By autumn 1986, his star had faded considerably. Frankie Goes to Hollywood had not released any material since early 1985 and were absent from that year’s Live Aid event.
Welcome To The Pleasuredome.
In May 2014, Johnson announced his first UK solo tour, named “Dancing with No Fear”. The seven-date tour was preceded by a new solo album, released on 15 September. The album, titled Europa, was preceded by a lead single, “Follow Your Heart”.
The second single from Europa, “In And Out Of Love”, was released on 4 September 2014 with a special pop promo directed by Chris Shepherd. In October 2014 Europa entered the UK Album Chart at # 63, becoming Johnson’s first album to chart in the UK since his debut Blast. In December 2014, Johnson released a live album ,only available as merchandise during the tour and his website titled Unleashed From the Pleasuredome.
In late 2015, Johnson co-wrote a song with Gary Barlow for the film Eddie The Eagle. The song “Ascension” was released in March 2016 as the focus track for the album Fly (songs inspired by the film Eddie The Eagle) and appears on the end credits for the film.
Two Tribes (Carnage) 12″ Single
To celebrate his birthday on February 9th, Presley Collectibles has named their Artist of The Month February 2018 – Holly Johnson and are offering a 15% discount on all our genuine Frankie Goes To Hollywood signed memorabilia. Just enter the code HOLLY15 at the checkout. Terms and Conditions apply.