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Dennis Holloway

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Dennis Holloway

Dennis Holloway (January 8th 1931 - February 29th 2012) was a popular figure in the UK's MI trade – a professional singer, Jazz trumpeter and salesman with Selmer, Norlin and Kemble-Yamaha, before moving into retail in later life.

Born in Croydon, Holloway started to play the trumpet at 14 and was also a keen sportsman – for a time playing semi-professionally with Crystal Palace. But his first love was Jazz trumpet and he played with many top acts, including the Jack Hawkins band. He also played for the American forces in Germany.

Married in 1961, during his time as a singer/trumpet player he sang with Val Doonican as a member of the Four Ramblers and after Doonican went solo, Holloway sang with the Maple Leaf Four, Class Four and went on to become a session singer, a regular performer on the BBC and backing artist for the likes of Vince Hill, Rolf Harris, Pickety Witch, Jackie Lee and Clem Curtis (former lead vocalist of The Foundations).

Holloway joined Henri Selmer and Co in 1969, for which he worked until 1976, then left to join Kemble-Yamaha as sales director, playing a major part in helping the company establish the, then largely unknown, Yamaha brand with the UK's MI trade. Following his time with Kemble came a year with Ivor Arbiter in 1982, after which Holloway opened his own music shop in Wolverton, but met with little success, so returned to Kemble, first in the Chappell shop in Milton Keynes, later in Bond St.

After his retirement, he continued to work as successful Jazz trumpeter (he was playing almost up to his death), but he also had a successful third career as a journalist with his local newspaper and several national magazines.

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I am so sorry to hear of Dennis's passing. I was fortunate enough to work with Dennis for a short while during his CBS/Arbiter days when I was Promotions Manager there. Dennis was a charming, humerous and genuine person. We lost touch for a number of years when I returned to follow business interests in Wales, then out of the blue we met up again, in Wales whilst he was doing a stint with Hohner in Bedwas.
A lovely man, a great salesman and a 'real musician'.
RIP Dennis.

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin INDUSTRY
May 8th 2012 at 2:38PM

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Very sad to hear this news. I worked with Dennis during the final years of his working life after he 'retired', when he returned to Chappells in Milton Keynes to just work Sundays. He was a great colleague and I learnt a lot from him. He had a fantastic sense of humour and was just a genuinely really nice guy. He will be greatly missed by all who new him and worked with him.

Ian Frankland

Ian Frankland INDUSTRY
May 8th 2012 at 4:14PM

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Very sorry to hear of the death of Dennis Holloway.
When I took over as General Manager of Chappell of Bond Street, London in 1985, Dennis was Manager of the Instrument Dept. He was a top pro. in every regard and had the experience and quiet confidence that is special to those who have spent years in the music business.He was a delight to work with and we would often share memories of earlier days when he was with Norlin Music and I was with Hammond Organs..I extend my deepest sympathies to his family.

Keith Beckingham, Musical Instruments (Cheltenham) Ltd

Keith Beckingham

Keith Beckingham INDUSTRY
May 9th 2012 at 1:29PM

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