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 Thursday, 23 January, 2003, 13:50 GMT
Record producer's smash hit career
Spandau Ballet
Spandau Ballet had their biggest hit True with Jolley
BBC News Online profiles record producer Steven Jolley, who has been arrested by police investigating allegations of child sex abuse faced by television presenter Matthew Kelly.

In the 1980s pop ruled the music charts and one of the most successful people in the industry was Steven Jolley.

Though not a household name himself, Jolley worked with groups that most certainly were.

Groups such as Spandau Ballet were among the acts Jolley helped to the top of the charts with his songwriting and record producing skills.

Millionaire Jolley, 52, is credited with producing Spandau Ballet's best-selling and most famous hit, True in 1983.

Bananarama
Bananarama were among the most successful groups of the early 1980s

All-girl group Bananarama also had a string of hits when working with Jolley.

They include Robert De Niro's Waiting, Shy Boy and Cruel Summer.

He also co-wrote and helped produce the Alison Moyet hits All Cried Out and Love Resurrection.

Diana Ross and Kim Wilde were also among the musicians on Jolley's client list.

Winning team

Jolley began his music career playing guitar with Sam Apple Pie in 1969.

The next year, Jolley joined Freedom, a Procol Harum splinter group. He stayed with Freedom until 1972.

Alison Moyet
Alison Moyet's debut album had a lot of Jolley's input

By the end of the decade, Jolley had moved more into studio work and began a business and creative partnership with Tony Swain.

They worked on the hit US TV entertainment programme the Muppet Show.

But it was when Jolley and Swain produced Body Talk for disco group Imagination that they made their mark as a hit team.

Jolley and Swain were at the height of their success from 1982 to 1984

Jolley's career peaked commercially with True, which was also a number one album in the UK.

Jolley and Swain also had a hit with Alison Moyet's the award-winning debut solo album, Alf.

Jolley and Swain went their separate ways and Jolley set up his own record label under his surname.

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