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    Holly Johnson

    Holly Johnson is an English artist, musician and writer, though he best known as the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the former bassist for Big in Japan.

    Born in Liverpool, Holly was actively involved in the Liverpool punk rock/New Wave scene of the late 1970s, playing bass with Big in Japan and releasing two solo singles on the Eric’s label. Holly later found huge fame as the lead singer and lyricist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, lending his instantly recognizable vocals to “Relax” and “The Power of Love”, both of which topped UK charts making British pop history.  Frankie Goes to Hollywood experienced both controversy and phenomenal commercial success during their heyday in 1983 and 1984.

    In 1989 Holly finally made his first solo debut with the album Blast, for MCA Records, which included the tracks “Love Train” and “Americanos”. It received rave reviews and charted in the UK’s top 5.

    Since the mid 1990s, Johnson has worked primarily as a painter, with his works exhibiting at the Tate Liverpool and The Royal Academy. In August 2011 he performed a full set live at the Rewind Festival, using a mix of Frankie Goes to Hollywood hits and tracks from his solo albums and continues to perform at both live shows and festivals.