Noddy Holder MBE (born Neville John Holder, 15 June 1946, Walsall, West Midlands) is an English musician and actor best known as the vocalist, guitarist, and occasional bass guitarist with 1970s rock music group Slade.
Lea and Holder turned out to have the group's most successful song-writing combination, with Holder writing the lyrics and Lea the music for Slade's many hits. Noddy Holder was the lead singer and front man of Slade.
Slade are best remembered for the single "Merry Xmas Everybody written by Holder and Lea. Holder recorded the single with Slade in 1973, and the song became the third Slade single to go straight in at number one in the UK chart. "Merry Xmas Everybody" has remained seasonally popular with partygoers ever since and is regularly included as a festive classic on compilation albums. To date, in the UK alone, sales of this song have exceeded a million copies.
After many years of hard work and success on the live circuit, Slade stopped touring in 1984 but continued making records. In 1989 and 1990 Noddy Holder and Dave Hill even put out 2 singles on the Mooncrest label using the name Blessing in Disguise. After Slade's 25th anniversary Holder left the band for good, feeling the urge to do something else in life.
Since the singer's departure from Slade in 1991 , he has appeared in various TV shows, most notably The Grimleys (1999-2001) as music teacher Neville Holder, and had his own radio show on Piccadilly 1152 in Manchester in the 1990s. He also presented 31 editions of Noddy's Electric Ladyland on Men & Motors, was a team captain in BBC's A Question of Pop and was immortalised as a puppet on the TV show Bob the Builder.
In 1999 Noddy Holder's autobiography Who's Crazee Now? was published and he was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his services to music. The singer has also been the subject of the This Is Your Life TV show.
"We are delighted that Noddy has agreed to record the lift announcements so that generations to come will be able to enjoy the unmistakable voice of Walsall's most famous son".
In November 2004 he made a guest appearance in the second episode of Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere - where he played a garage mechanic called Mick Bustin.
From 2005 Noddy has appeared in an advertisement campaign for Nobby's Nuts and Crisps.
Noddy Holder is a regular TV critic and reviewer for The Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2, where the three often talk about Holder's rock star past. Mark often refers to Noddy as 'Sir Nodward of Holder'.
For Christmas 2007, he recorded 'Noddy Holders Favourite Christmas Songs,' a countdown of his favourite seasonal songs from various musicians, for the music channel The Hits.