The Hollies

  • Real Name: Allan Clarke
  • Birth Date: 15th April 1942
  • Birth Place: Salford
  • Graham Nash
  • 2nd February 1942
  • Blackpool
  • Eric Haydock
  • 16th September 1944
  • Burnley
  • Tony Hicks
  • 16th December 1943
  • Nelson
  • Bobby Elliot
  • 8th December 1942
  • Manchester

    Although Liverpool can claim to have started the beat boom it certainly didn't hold a monopoly in good beat groups. Manchester contributed its fair share and, arguably, the Hollies were the greatest from that city. The Hollies strength was their ability to harmonise; something which gave them a style that possibly owed more to 'barber shop' than the 'Beatles'.

    Graham Nash had begun playing the guitar during his early years at Salford Grammar School where he would practice his chords each lunchtime by the bike sheds with two friends, one of whom- John Eaton- had actually taught him the instrument. Graham took a job in a local sub-post office after leaving school but the music bug had bitten too deeply for that to last for long.

    Initially Nash began singing together with Clarke as a duet, but they expanded to a fourpiece in 1962 taking the name Hollies in deference to their late role model, Buddy Holly. Their first single charted, but their build up was slow compared with many other groups. However, their slow start was followed by a steady and sure flow of highly successful chart hits. They wrote many of the songs themselves including 'Stop Stop Stop', 'On A Carousel' and 'Carrie Anne', all of which were tailor made for the smooth harmonies of Clarke and Nash.

    GEPO 70037
    The EP shown on the left was released at the end of 1966, contains two of the group's most memorable hits ("Stop, Stop, Stop" and "Bus Stop") and may seem fairly typical. However, this particular EP was released in Australia and is therefore fairly unusual for a UK collector to find on his shelves.
    By 1967 Nash decided that he needed to move on because he felt the group's range of material was too restrictive. He went on to join Crosby and Stills and was replaced by Terry Sylvester. The group's style changed slightly and they ceased writing their own material, but the hits continued. into the 1970s.and even achieved a couple of minor placings during the early 1980s. The Hollies have proved to be one of the most enduring of all the 1960s groups and are still going strong today. At the beginning of 2001 Allan Clarke announced his retirement and his place was filled by former Move vocalist, Carl Wayne. Sadly, Carl passed away on August 31st 2004.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Parlophone R5030 1963 Just Like Me/ What's Wrong With Me #25
    Parlophone R5052 1963 Searchin'/ Whole World Over #12
    Parlophone R5077 1963 Stay/ Now's The Theme #8
    Parlophone R5104 1964 Just One Look/ Keep Off That Friend Of Mine #2
    Parlophone R5137 1964 Here I Go Again/ Baby That's All #4
    Parlophone R5178 1964 We're Through/ Come On Back #7
    Parlophone R5232 1965 Yes I Will/ Nobody #9
    Parlophone R5287 1965 I'm Alive/ You Know He Did #1
    Parlophone R5322 1965 Look Through Any Window/ So Lonely #4
    Parlophone R5392 1965 If I Needed Someone/ I've Got A Way Of My Own #20
    Parlophone R5409 1966 I Can't Let Go/ Running Through The Night #2
    Parlophone R5469 1966 Bus Stop/ Don't Run And Hide #5
    Parlophone R5508 1966 Stop Stop Stop/ It's You #2
    Parlophone R5562 1967 On A Carousel/ All The World Is Love #4
    Parlophone R5602 1967 Carrie Anne/ Signs That Will Never Change #3
    Parlophone R5637 1967 King Midas In Reverse/ Everything Is Sunshine #18
    Parlophone R5680 1968 Jennifer Eccles/ Open Up Your Eyes #7
    Parlophone R5733 1968 Listen To Me/ Do The Best You Can #11
    Parlophone R5765 1969 Sorry Suzanne/ Not That Way At All #3
    Parlophone R5806  1969 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother/ 'Cos You Like To Love Me #3

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