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Friday, 15 April 2011

Mark Holden - Encounter


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Mark Holden was a singer and film actor. He was an original cast member of soap opera The Young Doctors when it began in late 1976. Film roles included Blue Fire Lady and "Newsfront". Mark was the first pop star in the world to originate the lead role in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' in the first Australian production of the Webber and Rice musical.

He won three Logies and performed for HRH The Prince of Wales at the Sydney Opera House. He hosted the infamous 'Silver Jubilee Countdown' amongst many other Countdown appearances and hostings. In 2007 he has appeared in cameo acting roles on Kath & Kim, NBC's 'The Starter Wife' with Debra Messing and as an Immigration Detention Officer on SBS's Fat Pizza .

Mark was a pop singer in the 1970s, having hits with songs such as Never Gonna Fall in Love Again and making several appearances on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's popular television series Countdown.

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1980 and as a songwriter, he had two Top Ten hits with the Temptations on Motown – ‘Lady Soul’ which is included on the 'Motown Greatest Hits 1972-92 Hitsville USA' CD Compilation and ‘Look What You Started’ which features on the definitive Tempations compilation 'The Emperors Of Soul' .

There were also hits with Tracie Spencer, Joey Lawrence, Will Downing, a #1 dance hit with Kathy Sledge, and over 50 cover recordings of his songs from artists as varied as Belinda Carlisle, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, The Manhattans, Donnie Osmond, Jose Feliciano, Fleetwood Mac, David Hasselhoff and Branford Marsalis.

He also developed and produced artists including Calvin Klein model and film star Milla Jovovich ('Chaplin', 'Blue Lagoon 2', 'Dazed and Confused', 'The 5th Element'), for EMI Records Group, New York. This led to her debut album; a US Top Ten Post Modern hit, it won critical raves including a 3 star review in Rolling Stone magazine.

For three years Mark worked with David Hasselhoff, producing and coordinating his albums, live promotion and musical projects for television, particularly in Europe where David enjoyed multi-platinum successes including the Top Ten hit in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ‘Wir Zwei Allein Heut Nacht’ (‘Together alone tonight’) which Mark wrote with David Hasselhoff.

Jeremy Jackson, the actor who played David Hasselhoff's son on Baywatch, was signed to Mark Holden's production company and had two hits in Europe including 'You Can Run' which was Top 5 in Holland.

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