Eddie Holland

Edward Holland Jr. (born October 30, 1939) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.[1]

Eddie Holland
Birth nameEdward Holland Jr.
Born (1939-10-30) October 30, 1939 (age 82)
Detroit, Michigan
United States
GenresRhythm and blues, funk, soul
  • Producer
  • arranger
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1960s–present
LabelsMotown, Mercury, United Artists, Invictus, Hallmark
Associated actsHolland–Dozier–Holland

Holland was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States.[1] Although he was an early Motown artist who recorded minor hit singles such as "Jamie",[2] he started working behind the scenes due to stage fright. He was a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown Sound and hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers, among others.[1] He has written or co-written 80 hits in the UK and 143 in the US charts.[3]

Holland served as the team's lyricist, and also worked with producer Norman Whitfield on lyrics for the songs he produced for the Marvelettes and the Temptations, like "Too Many Fish in the Sea" and "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep".[1]

Holland also composed songs for the First Wives Club musical.[4]



  • Eddie Holland (1962, Motown MT604)
  • It Moves Me - The Complete Recordings 1958-1964 (2012, Ace CDTOP2 1331)


Year Title and Catalog Number Peak Chart Positions Album
1958 "Little Miss Ruby" (Mercury 71290X45)

b/w "You (You You You You)"

Non-album track
1959 "(Where's The Joy?) In Nature Boy" (Kudo 667)

b/w "Shock"

"Merry-Go-Round" (Tamla T 102 / United Artists 172)

b/w "It Moves Me"

1960 "Because I Love Her" (United Artists 191)

b/w "Everybody's Going"

1961 "Magic Mirror" (United Artists 207)

b/w "Will You Love Me"

"The Last Laugh" (United Artists 280)

b/w "Why Do You Want To Let Me Go"

"Jamie" (Motown 1021)

b/w "Take A Chance On Me"

Eddie Holland
1962 "If Cleopatra Took A Chance" (Motown 1030)

b/w "What About Me"

"If It's Love (It's Alright)" (Motown 1031)

b/w "It's Not Too Late"

1963 "Darling I Hum Our Song" (Motown 1036)

b/w "Just A Few More Days"

Non-album track
"Baby Shake" (Motown 1043)

b/w "Brenda"

"I'm On The Outside Looking In" (Motown 1049)

b/w "I Couldn't Cry If I Wanted To"

"Leaving Here" (Motown 1052)

b/w "Brenda"

1964 "Just Ain't Enough Love" (Motown 1058)

b/w "Last Night I Had A Vision" (from Eddie Holland)

"Candy To Me" (Motown 1063)

b/w "If You Don't Want My Love"



  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 609. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Eddie Holland". AMG. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Stuart Devoy: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Oxman, Steven (March 12, 2015). "Pre-Broadway Review: 'First Wives Club,' The Musical". Variety.

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