Holly Beth Vincent , born in Chicago, joins Backstage Pass , then starts up Holly & The Italians in Los Angles in 1978 with herself on vocals and guitar, Mark Henry (ex Boyfriends) on bass and New York-born Steve Young on drums. Feeling more affinity with the UK music scene, they flew to London shortly after their inauguration.

There they met disc jockey Charlie Gilett and signed to his Oval label, releasing 'Tell That Girl To Shut Up", which was later covered by Transvision Vamp. They played around the pub and club circuit before coming to prominence as support to Blondie. Signed to Virgin Records, they recorded two new fine pop singles "Miles Away" and "Youth Coup", with a debut album produced by Richard Gottehrer. However soon after its release the group split in 1981, leaving behind just two further singles.

Holly re-appeared as a solo artist under her full name in 1982 did a single with Joey Ramone "I Got You Babe". Later that year, she issued a solo album called "Holly & the Italians", even though the band no longer existed and the disc was credited to her alone. After a brief spell replacing Patty Donahue in the Waitresses, she appeared in a combo called the Wild Things with Anthony Thistlethwaite of the Waterboys.