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The son of a window cleaner, Noddy Holder (born Neville John Holder on 15 June 1946, at Newhall St, Walsall, West Midlands) is an English musician and actor best known as the vocalist, guitarist, and occasional bass guitarist with 1970s rock music group Slade.

He co-wrote most of the band's songs with bass guitarist and occasional keyboard player, violinist, guitarist Jim Lea, and has also been praised for his distinctive vocals.

Neville attended the T. P. Riley Comprehensive School, in Walsall and passed 6 GCE O-level exams. He left school at 17 half way through his A-level course to work in the office of a local car components firm.

He had formed a group called The Rockin' Phantoms with school friends at the age of 13. With money earned from his first job he bought a Hofner guitar and an amplifier. Holder turned professional with Steve Brett & the Mavericks. The band made three singles and one TV appearance.

As well as appearing onstage with Steve Brett, Neville was an occasional roadie (using his father's van, bought for their window cleaning round) for local band Listen, whose singer Robert Plant later went on to greater things with the group Led Zeppelin.

Don Powell then persuaded Holder to join The N'Betweens. The group already included guitarist Dave Hill and bass guitarist Jim Lea and the four of them went on to eventually become Slade. Lea and Holder turned out to have the group's most successful song-writing combination, composing most of the band's many hits. Noddy Holder was the lead singer and front man of Slade.

Slade were first and foremost a formidable live act and their live show has never been captued on film for commercial release.

Slade are unjustly best remembered for the single "Merry Xmas Everybody" written by Holder and Lea. Holder recorded the single with Slade in 1973, and the song became the band's sixth number one and the third Slade single to go straight in at number one in the UK chart. "Merry Xmas Everybody" has remained seasonally popular with partygoers ever since and is regularly included as a festive classic on compilation albums. To date, in the UK alone, sales of this song have exceeded several million copies.

After Slade & acting career

Iin 1991 Holder left Slade and he has appeared in various TV shows, most notably The Grimleys (1999-2001) as music teacher Neville Holder, and had his own radio show on Piccadilly 1152 in Manchester in the 1990s. He also presented 31 editions of Noddy's Electric Ladyland on Men & Motors, was a team captain in BBC's A Question of Pop and was immortalised as a puppet on the TV show Bob the Builder.

Holder has no intention of rejoining the group, though he occasionally liked to start fans talking about the possibility by dropping 'never say never' comments in radio interviews, when asked about the possibility. Mostly these days, he will admit that there is no chance of it happening.

Since Noddy Holder has parted company with Slade, he has only ever recorded one song - a short acoustic version of the Slade song Coz I luv you, which featured on the soundtrack album for 'The Grimleys' TV show. This has also been made available as a digital download.

In 1999 Noddy Holder's autobiography Who's Crazee Now? was published and he was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his services to music. The singer has also been the subject of the This Is Your Life TV show. On 8 December 2000, Holder made a cameo appearance in a live episode of Granada Television's Coronation Street, as a character called Stan, helping the cast mark the 40th anniversary of the soap.

Holder's voice was famously used in 2000 to record the lift announcements at the Walsall New Art Gallery. Director of the gallery Peter Jenkinson said at the time: "We are delighted that Noddy has agreed to record the lift announcements so that generations to come will be able to enjoy the unmistakable voice of Walsall's most famous son".

On 7 April 2004, in East Cheshire, he married TV-producer Suzan Price, with whom he has a son, Django (named after legendary gypsy jazz-guitarist Django Reinhardt), who was born in January 1995. Holder has two grown daughters, Jessica and Charisse, from his previous marriage, to Leandra. Nod is a grandfather. Nod maintains his personal privacy quite strictly.

In November 2004 he made a guest appearance in the second episode of Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere - filmed on Radcliffe Road in Bolton - in which he played a garage mechanic called Mick Bustin.

In 2005 Noddy has appeared in an advertisement campaign for Nobby's Nuts and Crisps.
He is the Nobby's Nuts mascot following on from the famous TV campaign.

In 2006 Noddy made a guest appearance alongside Northampton Indie Rockers The Retro Spankees in a music video for the Misty's Big Adventure single 'Fashion Parade'.

Since Christmas 2007, Holder has annually recorded a TV show countdown of hit Christmas tunes

For Christmas 2007, he recorded 'Noddy Holders Favourite Christmas Songs,' a countdown of his favourite seasonal songs from various musicians, for the music channel The Hits.

Holder was a regular TV critic and contributor to The Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 for eight years, and the three often talked about rock star gossip from all eras. Radcliffe often refers to Holder as 'Sir Nodward of Holdershire'. He also occasionally presented Dumber & Dumbest, which was broadcast in the UK on Five.

On 9 December 2007 Holder was the third celebrity to be inducted onto the Birmingham Walk of Stars.
27,000 people turned out to his induction ceremony, which took place at Birmingham's 2007 Canal Boat Light Parade.

In 2008 Holder also appeared on the Xmas edition of BBC's Have I Got News for You as a member of Paul Merton's team.

On 24th December 2008, Holder appeared on British TV's BBC humorous news quiz show Have I Got News for You as a member of comedian and writer Paul Merton's team.

In January 2010, Holder and his wife appeared on All Star Mr. and Mrs. on ITV, where they won the £30,000 jackpot for the NSPCC charity.

In 2011, Holder as 'King of the Sizzle' fronted British Sausage Week, touring the country to find the Best British Bangers and to promote support for British farmers and butchers. Holder has taken the opportunity to do some very confusingly non-rock'n'roll things since parting with Slade.

Holder featured as "Geoff's Dad" in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Hobby Bobbies.
Series 1 was broadcast July / August 2013 and Series 2 November / December 2014.

During May 2013, Holder toured the UK with Mark Radcliffe for a series of intimate 'In conversation with' shows to celebrate his 50th year in showbiz Venues for the spring part of the tour include Bolton, Leeds, Durham, Telford, Preston, Redditch, Buxton and Harrogate. During the majority of shows Holder performed some short acoustic numbers.

On 24 June 2014, Holder was awarded the freedom of his home town of Walsall, making him an honorary freeman of the borough.

On 25 September 2014, Holder released his second book via Constable, titled The World According to Noddy.

In December 2015, he appeared as a presenter on BBC television's Songs of Praise.
On Christmas Day 2015 Holder appeared in a cameo role in BBC television's Mrs Brown's Boys.

Nod has made a number of personal appeances related to local charities with which he is involved as a patron.