Return of the boogie-woogie boy

Jools Holland
Jools Holland

HE’S the guy who said the “F” word on teatime telly.

But if that’s all you know about Jools Holland, then where have you been?

Well before he was using colourful language to advertise his youth-culture show The Tube, Mr Holland was the keyboard player in a band once spoken as the new Beatles.

It is that level of respect which Squeeze enjoyed in the late 70s early 80s.

With Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Joolz notched up some great hits.

Songs such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Tempted and Labelled With Love not only streaked up the charts, they were also highly regarded within rock circles.

After the band broke up in the early 80s, Jools found himself fronting a new show on Channel 4, called The Tube, with the late Paula Yates.

Having survived his bout of swearing, The Tube went on to enjoy hugely successful run and became a must-watch for young people across the nation.

Around 1985, Squeeze got back together for a one-off charity gig.

This proved to be such a success that they made it s full-time reunion, touring and recording albums.

Jools, though, left in 1990 after five years and the band stuttered on.

But the pianists great love of music meant he had to go back on the road, so he formed his own group, Jools Holand Big Band, in the late 80s as a vehicle to explore his passion for boogie-woogie, blues sounds.

Even through his five years with the re-formed Squeeze, Jools kept a hold of the Big Band and started touring with it.

Never far from a TV studio, he has fronted his own music show, Later, for several years and brings in some of the biggest names in music from around the world along with showcasing some of the best new bands in the UK.

Now, he’s back on the road and tickling the ivories at Glasgow’s SECC on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3.

Perhaps not a night for Squeeze fans – as none of those songs will be played.

But if you’re in the mood for a night of boogie-woogie, you know where to head.