In the beginning of his career, Jolliffe met Rick Davies in the late '60s. The two played in a band called the Joint, which would one day evolve into Supertramp. However, Jolliffe's interests were more academic at the time, leading him to the Berlin Konservatorium, where he studied music. There he met Edgar Froese and soon found himself playing in one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream. Next came Steamhammer, a blues-rock band that seemed quite out of character for Jolliffe. Nonetheless, Steamhammer experienced moderate success in the early '70s, touring extensively and recording two albums. Despite the success, Steamhammer didn't last long and Jolliffe eventually found himself composing music for film and television.
Jolliffe's career rebounded in the late '70s, when he joined Tangerine Dream, who were quite a popular band at the time. Though he only recorded one album with the band, Cyclone (1978), he made large contributions to the album, playing a multitude of instruments and writing the songs. Furthermore, he toured Europe with Tangerine Dream in grand fashion for extremely large crowds. This stint, albeit a brief one, enabled Jolliffe to launch a solo career, beginning with the Drake's Venture album in 1980. He didn't relent following this debut album, releasing approximately an album a year for the next 20 years. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi