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Reserve your copy of Holle THEE Maxwell’s book, Freebase Ain’t Free and CD’s at Chicago Public Library today!

Photo by Connie Carroll.

Photo by Connie Carroll.


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Holle THEE Maxwell recounts the many years she spent in the company of Ike Turner during his period of self-facilitated seclusion (also known as his “fifteen-year party”), his brief prison stay where he kicked his drug habit, and his eventual return to prominence as the successful and influential musician he was born to be. Freebase Ain’t Free tracks the intersecting and intertwining of these two kindred spirits, their mutual ups and downs and the arc of their inexplicably dynamic relationship.

Listen to Holle THEE Maxwell’s latest interview on Classic Blues.


Photo by: Peter Hurley

Photo by: Peter Hurley


When you mention the name HOLLE THEE MAXWELL, you have mentioned a name that is respected all over the world. She IS "THEE entertainer's entertainer" and IS better than she has ever been before! Musically, this lady has done it all, traveled the world and knows everybody that is somebody and is equally well known by those same somebody's.

HOLLY MAXWELL was born HOLLE THEE MAR CLARO DE' MAXWELL; she is now HOLLE THEE MAXWELL. She sang her first song professionally at the age of five years young. Unlike many other artists, she gives all due respect and credit to a higher spiritual power for creating her parents, Marcellus and Eula Thee Gladys, her main inspiration to start music with classical piano and singing opera. She learned to sing in German, French and Italian.







  • 2014 Inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame

  • 2015 Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Music Awards

  • 2015 Recipient of Chicago Women in the Blues Award for 60+ years of entertaining

  • 2016 Resolution of Honors from the City of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel & Alderwoman Pat Dowell

  • 2017 Inducted into Chicago Blues Hall of Fame 2nd time, awarded 'Legendary' status