Origional members of Slade|
Noddy Holder - lead vocals/guitar
Probably one of the most influentual lead vocalists of the 1970's and
1980's. Noddy (The real name is Neville John Holder) was born in Walsall
on 15th. of june 1946. He originally left school with designs on becomming
a teacher, having been most interested in geography, biology and geology,
but lost interest in school work when he got a guitar and formed a group.
After working in an office for a while Noddy turned professional with
Steve Brett and the Maverick's. He eventually met up with the band that
everyone was 'raving' about at the time - the 'N Betweens. Soon after
Ambrose Slade was formed, the 'Ambrose' was dropped and the rest as
they say, is history.
Dave Hill - lead guitar/backing vocals
Dave Hill probably had the most recognisable fringe of the 1970's and
1980's! Dave (The real name is David John Hill) was born in Fleet Castle,
Devon on 4th. of april 1946. Good at metalwork when at school and learned
to play the guitar from a friend. Dave is the only member of the band
not born in the Midlands. He originally played in a band with Don Powell
called the Vendors. The Vendors changed their name to the 'N Betweens,
met Noddy whilst in Germany and then Jim when back in the UK. Slade
Jim Lea - bass guitar/violin/vocals
Jim Lea, full name James Whild Lea, was born in Wolverhampton on 14th.
of june 1949. At school Jim was good at art, music and French. His first
musical love was the violin and gained first class honours in a London
music-school practical exam. His interest in the violin decreased when
he bought a guitar, it didn't take him long to learn it. Jim answered
an ad for a bassist for the band the 'N betweens, with which Don and
Dave were members. Soon after Noddy joined the 'N Betweens and the foundations
for Slade had been laid. Together with Noddy Holder he formed one of
the most powerful songwriting partnerships ever.
Don Powell - drums
Donald George Powell was born on September 10th 1946 in Bilston, Staffordshire.
Don was very much into boxing when young and joined the local Police
force's Boxing Club. He had to give up boxing due to an ear infection
and then became interested in athletics. Don joined the Boy Scouts and
it is from there that he became interested in the drums after being
asked to join the band on a Sunday morning parade. Before turning professional
Don worked in a small foundry. He became a member of the Vendors along
with Dave Hill. The Vendors became the 'N Betweens and enlisted Jim
and Noddy and formed Ambrose Slade. Ambrose Slade became Slade and the