Kelvin Holly

Born: NJ

Lived in Florence, AL

Rock, Country Guitar Little Richard

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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I'm very fortunate to be able to work doing what I love. I've made my living for over three decades playing the guitar. Many one nighters, a lot of hard work, a lot of long nights, long flights, endless drives, but still the same joy as the day I started. I've played everywhere from Edna's Chicken Shack to the Vienna Opera House. I play guitar for Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Pegi Young, and The Decoys. I also do recording sessions, and i've had the oppurtunity to record with some of my favorite artists.

I've had the good fortune to play live or in the studio with, Bobby"Blue" Bland, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Hall, Little Richard, Tina Turner, Bo Diddley, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Billy Bob Thornton, Klaus Voormann, Don Nix, Jerry Joseph, The Drive By Truckers, Bettye Lavette, Mac Davis, Marty Stuart, Eddie Levert, Donnie Fritts, Lee Roy Parnell, John Fogerty, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Tony Joe White, Percy Sledge, Little Milton, Ruth Brown, Billy Preston, Russell Smith, Marty Raybon, T. Graham Brown, Steve "Bubba" Bassett, Chuck Leavell, Eddy Mitchell, Johnny Haliday, The Decoys, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Phil Driscoll, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Swan, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Jerry "Boogie" McCain, B.B King, James Brown, Bonnie Bramlett, Bekka Bramlett, Ron Wood, Reggie Young, James Burton, David Foster, Ricky Minor, Sheila E., Beth Nielson Chapman, Tommy Shaw, Aslyn, Paul Thorn, Jerry Butler, Lloyd Price, Steve Cropper, Booker T., Tommy Talton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wilson Pickett, The Commodores, Lionel Ritchie, Eddie Hinton, Eddie Floyd, William Lee Golden, Waylon Jennings, Tim Wilson, Delbert McClinton, Clarence Carter, and a lot of great musicians!

Also appeared on TV shows such as The Tonight Show, David Letterman, The American Music Awards, The Grammy Awards, The TV Land Awards, The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame grand opening on HBO, Rosie O'Donnell Show, Wayne Brady Show, Celebrity Duets, Motown Live, CBS Early Show, The Today Show, PBS, The History Channel, MTV and VH1...and, oh yea, Bozo the Clown show when I was about five! ~K




Kelvin Lee Holly (born September 13, 1954 in Fort Dix, New Jersey) is an American guitarist and musician.


Kelvin's musical career began in 1972 after graduating high school in Montgomery, Alabama.

Holly is the long time guitarist for artists such as Little Richard, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and The Decoys. As a studio musician, he has appeared on numerous albums, including those by Little Richard, Bobby Bland, Gregg Allman, and various movie soundtracks.

In 1991 he moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, married, and began playing on recording sessions at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The first major release was Bobby Blue Bland's Years of Tears, on the Malaco label. He continues to play on many recording sessions today.



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