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. It has also received a BMI Award for over 5 million airplays.
‘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. In 2019, Dick's publishing company Stonehenge Music, which is owned by his sons Reno and David, signed a sync deal with Quentin Tarantino for the Acadamy Award winning film, 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.' Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron, which was co-written with legendary producer Phil Gernhard, is featured in the last scene in the Swimming pool; Leonardo DiCaprio is listening to the song on his headphones unaware of what going on in the house.
Double Shot Of My Baby's Love recorded by Dick Holler and The Holidays
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 That Couldn't Be Rode 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 between Bend, Oregon and Berkeley, California with his younger girlfriend (81) and their two cats Jean Luc and Charlie. He still writes everyday and is a consultant for his son's publishing company Stonehenge Music which he founded in 1970. Dick owns all of his master recordings and has his own record label 'Holler Music Group.'
And the beat goes on...