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Profiling Rhythm and Blues Singer, Eddie Holman

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Eddie Holman, a Rhythm and Blues singer, was born on June 3, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia, and began playing the piano and guitar at the age of two. Holman’s family moved to New York City in 1954, and two years later he won first prize at the Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night. Following this award, he was named “Little Eddie Holman” and became a regular performer on NBC’s The Children’s Hour.

 

Holman studied music production at the Victoria School of Music & Art in Harlem, where he learned the technical and performance aspects of the craft. Eddie Holman attended Overbrook High School and graduated in 1964, after the Holman family relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then attended Cheyney State University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. He and Solomon Burke co-wrote “This Can’t Be True” near the end of his freshman year in 1965, which he released the following year.

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The song reached number 17 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. His second single, “Don’t Stop Now,” peaked at number 104 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. He also released the single “Am I a Loser from the Beginning,” which peaked at number 17 on the R&B chart.

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Holman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music in June 1968. He married Sheila Holmon on October 29 of that year, and they had three children. Holman’s album I Love You, which included the single “Hey There Lonely Girl,” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Billboard R&B chart in 1969, selling over one million copies. Holman’s biggest hit was this song.

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Holman had a productive decade in the 1970s. In 1970, he had five hits, including “Cathy Called,” which peaked at number 28 on the R&B charts. “Since I Don’t Have You” peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “I’ll Be There” peaked at number 115. He released “My Mind Keeps Telling Me (That I Really Love You, Girl)” in 1972, which peaked at number 20 on the R&B chart. “(Hey There) Lonely Girl” was released internationally in 1974 and peaked at number four in the United Kingdom. “Don’t Stop Now” was released in 1975 and peaked at number 24 on the R&B chart and at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.

 

Holman’s 1977 album A Night to Remember featured two hit singles, “This Will Be a Night to Remember,” which peaked at no. 20 on the Billboard Dance chart, no. 25 on the R&B chart, and no. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. His 1978 single “You Make My Life Complete” peaked at number 96 on the R&B chart.

 

Holman left the music industry to work for Xerox from 1978 to 1981. He began doctoral studies in theology at the International Bible Institute and Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1982, and was ordained to the ministry in 1984. He then accepted a position as associate pastor at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Holman was honored as a legend at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on his 50th anniversary in the performing arts in 2007.

 

Eddie Holman manages the Eddie Holman Band, performs secular music on international cruises aboard the MS Sun Princess, and runs Agape Records.

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