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Pop Rewind: Wilson Phillips “Hold On”

When the song “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips first started hitting the airwaves in 1990, the typical reaction of listeners was something like, “Wow. Who’s THAT?” The catchy melody with gorgeous, tight female harmonies floating over those rapid-fire lyrics was different from anything else on the radio at the time. The debut single from the vocal trio was an instant hit, shooting to Number 1 on the Billboard charts.

Most of us loved the song before we even realized that the girls singing it were the descendents of pop/rock royalty. Turns out the “Wilsons” in Wilson Phillips were Carnie and Wendy, the daughters of iconic Beach Boy Brian Wilson, while Chynna Phillips was the daughter of John & Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & the Papas.

“Hold On,” which first appeared on Wilson Phillips’ debut self-titled album, was followed by four other Top-10 singles from the record.  The album went 5x Platinum, garnering the trio four Grammy nominations that year. Unfortunately, the group peaked early; the newness of their sound wore off, and while subsequent releases kept them on the radar, they never saw the same level of success as they had in 1990. They took a decade-long hiatus beginning in 1993, released new music in 2004, and have performed together sporadically since then.


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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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