David John Hill (born 4 April 1946) is an English musician, who is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist in the English glam rock group, Slade.
Hill is known for his flamboyant stage clothes and hairstyle. The music journalist, Stuart Maconie, commented "he usually wore a jumpsuit made of the foil that you baste your turkeys in and platforms of oil rig derrick height".
All of this though paled in comparison with his coiffure, a sort of demented tonsure with a great scooping fringe.
He even had one around 1973 outfit famously called his Metal Nun suit but later styles were much toned down."
Born in Holbeton, Devon, the son of a mechanic, he moved with his parents to Penn, Wolverhampton when he was 1 year old. There he attended Springdale Junior school and Highfields Secondary school.
He bought his first guitar from a mail order catalogue and received some guitar lessons from a science teacher at his school.
He formed a band called "The Young Ones" with some school friends.
He worked in an office for Tarmac Limited for over two years after leaving school. He originally played with drummer Don Powell in a band called "The Vendors", whose name was then changed to "The 'N Betweens".
The pair then met bass player Jimmy Lea and singer Noddy Holder, after which Slade were born.
Though Hill is left handed, he played and still plays guitar right handed. Hill's best known guitar was the John Birch "Superyob" that was built in 1973.
The guitar was used by "Madness" guitarist Chris Foreman in the video for Madness's song "Shut Up" and is now owned by Marco Pirroni of "Adam And The Ants".
Hill is known for his outrageous costumes, his costumes and antics causing some friction with the more serious Lea.
This led to a show down in a BBC dressing room before a recording of Top of the Pops, where Hill replied to Lea's repeated criticism of his dress by saying "You write 'em Jim, I'll sell 'em!".
During 1983, both Hill and Powell were working on a Dave Hill solo project with local musicians around the Midlands area.
1984, the project had not been completed. The then editor of the Slade fan club, Haden Donovan, described the project as "very interesting and very un Slade like."
In 1989, Hill formed his own group, "Blessings In Disguise". This featured Holder, ex "Wizzard" keyboard player, Bill Hunt, Craig Fenney and Bob Lamb.
The debut single, released in 1989 for the Christmas market was a ballad cover of The Everly Brothers "Crying In The Rain" with Holder drafted in for lead vocals, backed by a Hill / Hunt composition "Wild Nights".
The record was a commercial failure. The band also recorded a cover of the Elvis Presley song "A Fool Such As I" which was unreleased.
Hill had attended the launch of a £2 million appeal to raise funds for Queen Alexandra College for the Blind in Birmingham.
There he heard a song called "A Chance To Be", sung by blind and visually impaired children. A Chance To Be", sung by blind and visually impaired children.
Hill was so moved by the occasion that he agreed to perform and produce the recording of the song. The two writers of the song were staff at the institute, Daniel Somers and Colin Baines.
Hill's band name, Blessing in Disguise, was picked as the group name and the single featured ex Shakatak female vocalist Norma Lewis rather than Holder.
When Slade split up Hill decided to carry the group with Don Powell and the band has continued to this day with various lineups.
In 1997 the name of Slade II was shortened back to Slade. The band has released the album "Keep on Rockin'" which has also been re packaged as "Superyob", and also as "Cum On Let's Party!"
Hill married his wife Jan in Mexico City in the 1970s, and they have three children Jade, Bibi and Sam.
In 2010 during a concert in Nuremberg, Germany, Hill suffered a stroke from which he recovered to continue touring.
In 2017 Dave Hill wrote his autobiography titled "So Here It Is"
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