What do Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Bon Jovi, Cher, Tori Amos, Marvin Gaye, Lobo, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Harry Belafonte, Cliff Richard, Sammy Davis Jr, Andy Williams, Wilson Pickett, The Bellamy Brothers, Garth Brooks and Bob Dylan all have in common? They have all recorded or performed songs written by Dick Holler. Collectively, Dick's compositions have sold over 35 million records.
‘Abraham, Martin and John’ which poignantly expressed the sadness of a nation who’d lost its civil rights leaders during the socially and politically termoilous 1960’s, has become an American standard.’ The song originally recorded and performed by Dion, reached number 4 on the Billboard charts in December 1968.
‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron’was the surprise multi-million selling smash hit of 1966. Only the Beatles 'Nowhere Man' and 'Paperback Writer' entered the Billboard charts at a higher position. Recorded by The Royal Guardsmen, it spent four weeks at number 2 on the Hot 100 singles charts.
Crossfire recorded by The Bellamy Brothers (co-written with Jerry Careaga)
The Greatest Song I Ever Heard recorded by Cher / also The New Seekers
Mama Where Will The Love Come From recorded by Glenn Yarbrough
Section C recorded by James and Bobby Purify
The Albatross recorded by Lobo
Cole, Cook and Reading recorded by Wilson Pickett
Never Been A Horse recorded by Petula Clarke
Because of Dick Holler's contribution and influence on early rock n’ roll in southern Louisiana fronting bands and performing with legends such as Johnny Rivers, Jimmy Clanton, Mac Rebennack (Dr. John), Bobby Darin, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis – Dick was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007
Nowadays Dick spends most of his time travelling the U.S. and Europe visiting friends. He's still very active in the music business; writing, producing and publishing songs with his two sons Reno and David Holler. The beat goes on.