However, Max had a different idea, he wanted to be a musician and 60 years later, he’s still going strong!
Max is one of the people who volunteered to be interviewed by Three Hills Radio as part of the ‘Camp Hill Through the Decades’ project which chronicles the lives of people living in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton from the 1940s onwards.
Max recalls his early days serving as an engineering apprentice and how he gave it up to follow his dream of a career in the music business.
He also talks of the famous people he’s worked with, the bands he influenced with his fashion sense and the time he bought an old Fats Domino song to life with his own arrangement which was later picked up and re-arranged by UB40 who went on to have a number one hit with it!
Ali Bushnell, who interviewed Max for Three Hills Radio, said:
“Max is a fascinating person who has a lifetime of memories to share. I could have spent the whole day talking to him as he lit up the room when talking about his first steps into the music business.
“He certainly loves his music and that comes across. Max talks about the early days of making music with his band in the bathroom of his Camp Hill house to travelling the world playing his guitar. It will be a treat for the listeners to know that someone as prolific as Max is living on their doorstep!”
Max’s interview will be aired on Three Hills Radio (a community-based radio station for Camp Hill) in September.
Ali Bushnell added:
“It’s not too late for people to get in touch if they would like to share their memories of growing up, living or working in Camp Hill. We have put the broadcast dates back by a month to accommodate the number of people who initially expressed an interest.
“We have also been doing some great work with pupils at Hartshill School and you will be able to hear the fruits of their labour as they have researched Camp Hill in the 1940s and the 1960s as part of a school project.”
However, for music lovers, if you want to see Max Hollyman playing live, his next gig takes place at the Atherstone Conservative Club, Long Street, Atherstone on Saturday 14 July at 7.30pm
If anyone would like to contribute to Three Hills Radio’s ‘Camp Hill Through the Decades’ project either as a researcher, presenter or just sharing memories, contact Kirk Thomson, Three Hills Communications on 07733 138 399.