The Hollies

The Hollies were an English pop-rock band from Manchester, formed in 1962 at the dawn of the British beat boom. Between 1963 and 1965, they placed seven singles in the UK Top 10, including “Just One Look” “Here I Go Again,” and the chart-topper “I’m Alive.”

They broke the US market with their 1965 single “Look Through Any Window” and consolidated their popularity with the 1966/67 transatlantic hits “Bus Stop,” “Carry Anne,” “Stop Stop Stop,” and “On a Carousel.” In 1967, they embraced psychedelic baroque pop on the albums Evolution and Butterfly, as heard on the tracks “Rain on the Window,” “Postcard,” “Elevated Observations?,” and “King Midas in Reverse.”

After the 1968 departure of co-founder Graham Nash to the stateside folk-pop trio Crosby Stills & Nash, The Hollies recorded the loyalty anthem “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” an enduring AM evergreen. Further hits followed into the mid-1970s, including the swampy “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” (1972) and the rising ballad “The Air That I Breathe” (1974).

Members: Allan Clarke (vocals, 1962-71, 1973-99), Graham Nash (guitar, vocals, 1962-68, 1983), Eric Haydock (bass, 1962-66), Vick Farrell (guitar, 1962), Don Rathbone (drums, 1962-63), Tony Hicks (guitar, banjo, mandolin, electric sitar, vocals, 1963-present), Bobby Elliott (drums, percussion, 1963-present), Bernie Calvert (bass, 1966-81), Terry Sylvester (guitar, vocals, 1969-81), Mikael Rickfors (vocals, 1971-73), Denis Haines (bass, 1981-86), Alan Coates (guitar, 1981-2004), Ray Stiles (bass, vocals, 1986-present), Ian Parker (keyboards, vocals, 1991-present), Carl Wayne (vocals, 2000-04)


The Hollies had their roots in the skiffle duo Ricky and Dane Young, formed in late-1950s Salford, Greater Manchester, by singing schoolmates Allan Clarke and Graham Nash. They eventually merged with local popsters The Fourtones, but left after the departure of guitarist Derek Quinn to Freddie and the Dreamers.

Clarke and Nash then joined Mancunian rivals The Deltas, which featured guitarist Vic Steele, bassist Eric Haydock, and drummer Don Rathbone. In this band, Clarke and Nash replaced singing guitarist Eric Stewart (later of 10cc), who’d just departed for The Mindbenders.

The Deltas changed their name to The Hollies for a holiday billing at Manchester’s Oasis Club in December 1962. They chose the name in tribute to Buddy Holly and the Christmas holly garland.


Discography:

  • Stay With the Hollies (1964)
  • In the Hollies Style (1964)
  • Hollies (1965)
  • Bus Stop (1966)
  • Would You Believe? (1966)
  • For Certain Because… (1966)
  • Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse (1967)
  • Evolution (1967)
  • Butterfly (1967)
  • Hollies Sing Dylan (1969)
  • Hollies Sing Hollies (1969)
  • Confessions of the Mind (1970)
  • Distant Light (1971)
  • Romany (1972)
  • Hollies (1974)
  • Another Night (1975)
  • Write On (1976)
  • Russian Roulette (1976)
  • A Crazy Steal (1978)
  • Five Three One – Double Seven O Four (1979)
  • What Goes Around… (1983)

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