Am I talking of the music of The Buckinghams, the five-man band from Chicago who found fame and acclaim thanks in large measure to songs Holvay wrote, many together with Gary Beisbier?
Yes, perhaps, but, could it be Holvay's own musical compositions that find a powerful sold-out stage musical "The Eastside (LA) Heartbeats," based on authentic experiences that created powerful sounds and memories coming out of Boyle Heights and east LA?
Yes, that's right and that one man is James Steven Holvay, originally of Brookfield/Lyons Township.
On April 16, even more fans of sweet soul music, northern soul, rhythm and blues, and all things in between are in for one sweet surprise after another, to be discovered on Holvay's new EP, "Sweet Soul Song."
Other tracks are distinct, joyous, on target and exactly what you'd expect from man who is driven by music and has been all of his life. The price of a full-time career in music is high because it demands to be attended to. It will not be denied, the euphoric high that comes from having a pro group of musicians deliver exactly what you heard in your head. And for as long as it took, James closed the door on his muse and succeeded as a corporate executive (and a powerful motivator of all his teams) for two very large office corporations. No one there had any idea of his past background in music. Not a clue...
Many years later, after an important period of introspection, fueled by the love and encouragement of many close friends and family, Holvay stepped out once more into the breach, only to reveal his best work ever. You'll hear five of those songs on "Sweet Soul Song." Find the rest of James' new music on Facebook and YouTube. Download them today and understand the multifaceted soul behind the man whose stagename was very rightly "Jimmy Soul."
How to Say Thank You for the Music
If you've enjoyed the music of James Holvay these past 50-something years, here's a few ways you can let him know:
2) Follow him on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4AxnVcnAQAMGuestj7hBQt
3) Subscribe to his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFYjmTzc5P01lv99fPNLfjg
4) Add your comments to his Facebook pages and YouTube links.
It's also a great chance to say "thank you" for all the good music so far. And, when there's an EP in sight, who knows, maybe an LP is just a song away.
[ Special thanks are due to Joseph Pytel, Chicago music historian and specialist in the topics of Carl Bonafede, The MOB, James Holvay, Gary Beisbier, and other music that relates to his diverse musical interests. So much of the historical material that has been added to YouTube is thanks to music historians sharing their photos and music with him for ultimate preservation for all to discover and enjoy. And thanks are due to Mike Baker (Forgotten 45s site) for preserving early history of The MOB ]