Laurie Holloway

Laurence Holloway MBE (born 31 March 1938)[1] is an English pianist and composer from Oldham, Lancashire, England.[2] He is perhaps best known as the Musical Director for Michael Parkinson's chat show, firstly on the BBC then ITV. He also was Musical Director for the first three series of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC.


Holloway has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Orchestra as both conductor and lead pianist.[citation needed] His TV work has included composing several well-known TV theme tunes such as Wicked Women, Maggie and Her, Blind Date and Beadle's About.[3] He also composed "Hook, Line and Sinker" for the 1970 LWT fishing series Casting Around.

In 1990, Holloway accompanied Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret, on the piano for a recording the two made of Scottish childhood songs at Buckingham Palace for the 90th birthday of their mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. A single cassette was produced featuring a dozen songs, but the recording was lost after the Queen Mother's death.[4]

He has been awarded the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and he has appeared as the subject of This Is Your Life.[5] He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to music.[6]

Holloway married the singer Marion Montgomery in 1965,[3] until her death in 2002.[7] They had a daughter, Abigail (born 1967).


  • Jazz Box Jazz 1957
  • About time (Elgin)
  • Blue skies & other vistas (Elgin)
  • Instant Marriage, 1964 West End musical
  • Hit Parade Holloway Style 1966
  • Good Time 1967
  • The Great Piano Hits Holloway Style 1967
  • Piano On The Roof 1967
  • Marian In The Morning 1972
  • Cumulus 1979
  • Brandenburg Boogie
  • About Time 1993
  • Blue Skies & Other Vistas 1996
  • Showtime (Elgin)
  • Laurie Holloway Trio: live at Abbey Road 2000 (Grasmere Records)
  • Laurie Holloway - The Piano Player 2004 (Universal Records)
  • Strictly Come DancingBruce Forsyth & the Laurie Holloway Orchestra 2004 (Sony Records)[8]


  1. ^ Laurie Holloway at IMDb
  2. ^ "Laurie Holloway". Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1172. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  4. ^ Ingrid Seward (2 November 2017). My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage. Simon & Schuster UK. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-4711-5958-9.
  5. ^ "AirMTM". Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  6. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 18.
  7. ^ John Fordham, "Obituary: Marion Montgomery - Minimalist jazz singer who excelled in clubs and cabaret", The Guardian, July 23, 2002.
  8. ^ Maynard, Martin. "Montgomery Holloway Music Trust". Retrieved 4 August 2020.

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