Love Train was Holly's first solo single after Frankie disbanded, and reached No.4 in the UK Charts in 1989. Featuring a guitar solo by Queen guitarist Brian May, this was taken from the singer/songwriter's debut solo album Blast.
Holly Johnson is, of course, most famous for being the lead singer of one of the most controversial and biggest-selling eighties bands - Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Holly's solo career saw him venture into less controversial territory with the release of more middle of the road songs.
In 1989, Holly released his first solo single "Love Train", a catchy dance/pop tune that reached no.4 in the UK charts. It didn't have the most original of titles, but was a solid debut single, nonetheless.
The follow-up single "Americanos" (which featured an even more catchy hook) also reached no.4 - it should have reached No.1 in my opinion, but I don't think many people grasped the fact that he was not actually celebrating American culture, but despising it.
Following the success of these two singles, the album "Blast" (MCA) was quickly released and this rocketed straight to no.1. Two more singles were also released from the album "Atomic City" (this was a brilliant track produced by Dan Hartman) and "Heaven's Here".
An imaginatively titled remix album "Hollelujah" was released in 1990 and featured a Frankie Knuckles remix of "Love Train", plus remixes of "Americanos", "Atomic City", "Perfume" and "Heaven's Here", plus the title track "Hollelujah".
Holly released a second album on the MCA label "Dream's That Money Can't Buy" in 1991. Unfortunately, due to MCA cutting their promotional budget, and a lack of airplay for the first single "Where Has Love Gone", the album failed to hit the top 40. Another two singles were also released from the album, "Across The Universe" and "The People Want To Dance".
Holly Johnson also released an album in 1999 called "Soulstream".
Holly also became well-known for his hats!
This even catchier second single from the Blast album stayed in the UK charts for 11 weeks and just like Love Train, also peaked at No.4. The song No.1 in Austria and No.2 in Germany. The lyrics aren't supposed to be taken at face value and are actually attacking American culture, not celebrating it as some critics believed.