Derek Holt has written, sung and played on hit records; has toured throughout the world; managed a studio that consistently produced hit singles, writes and produces music for film, television, the corporate market and library albums as well as his own songs and CD albums.
Derek was a founder member of the Climax Chicago Blues Band (Later to become the Climax Blues band), toured constantly around the World through the 70's and 80's and shared billing with numerous acts such as Little Feat, ZZ Top, The Eagles, Bad Company, Lynnyrd Skynnyrd, Weather Report, BB King, ELP, ELO, Foreigner, Steve Miller, REO Speedwagon, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck to name but a few. The Band produced a string of self-penned singles and albums which not only sold well but also received considerable critical acclaim the world over.
The singles "I Love You", (1980) written and sung by Derek, and "Couldn't Get It Right"(1976) were monster successes around the world. (top ten in the USA), and the band's many albums registered heavily in the USA, UK and European charts.
Derek was a founder member of The Climax Blues Band (originally known as the Climax Chicago Blues Band). They formed in 1968 in Stafford, England with Derek on rhythm guitar; lead guitarist Peter Haycock; keyboardist Arthur Wood; bassist Richard Jones; drummer George Newsome; and lead vocalist and saxophonist Colin Cooper.
The band released 13 albums while Derek was a member, and others that rereleased tracks he played on later, many of them charting high in the USA, UK and Europe.
Derek composed one of the band's biggest hits - "I Love You" which was a massive hit in the UK and USA and still gets upwards of 20,000 radio plays a year.
The Climax Chicago Blues Band was one of the leading lights of the late 1960s and early 70's UK blues boom. By the mid 1970s they were playing stadium concerts all over the USA and Europe and continued to do so until 1983 when Derek left to pursue his solo career.
|After The Climax (I Love You)||"|
|Hear & Now||"|
|Climax Chicago Blues Band||Plays On|
|A Lot of Bottle||"||Tightly Knit||"|
|Rich Man||"||FM Live||"|
|Sense of Direction||"||Stamp Album||"|
|Gold Plated||"||Shine On||"|
|Real to Reel||"||Flying The Flag||"|
|Lucky for Some||"|