Allan Clarke and Graham Nash founded the band as a Merseybeat-type music group in Manchester. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form Crosby, Stills & Nash. The Hollies had over 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
About The Hollies in brief
Allan Clarke and Graham Nash founded the band as a Merseybeat-type music group in Manchester. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form Crosby, Stills & Nash. The Hollies had over 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. In recognition of their achievements, the Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. They are one of the few UK groups of the early 1960s, along with the Rolling Stones, that have never disbanded and continue to record and perform. They enjoyed considerable popularity in many countries, although they did not achieve major US chart success until \”Bus Stop\” was released in 1966. The group were managed and promoted by Michael Cohen, a music enthusiast and clothing retailer from Oldham, Lancashire. The Deltas first called themselves The Hollie for a December 1962 gig at the Oasis Club in Manchester, though it has been suggested that Eric Haydock named them in relation to a Christmas holly garland. In a 2009 interview Graham Nash said that the group decided just prior to a performance to call themselves TheHollies because of their admiration for Buddy Holly. They were signed by Parlophone assistant producer Ron Richards, who had been involved in producing the first Beatles session. They then scored their first British Top 10 hit in early 1964 with a cover of Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ \”Stay\”, which reached No.
8 in the UK. At this point, there was some interest in the group, with some American versions of The Holly’s hits added, with these singles issued in both Canada and the US with the title Here I Go Again. The band’s first album, Stay with The Hollers, was released on 1 January 1964, which went to No 2 on the album chart. They became known for doing cover versions, and they followed up with a song that had already had top 10 success in the US for Doris Troy, Just Look At Me. In the US, the group’s songwriting team, Clarke and Nash, finally wrote a substantial amount of original material, written by the two songwriters of the Beatles, the Beatles’ record producer, Ron Richards and producer Tony Hicks, for the album I Like I Go Like Go Again, released in 1970. The album was released by the same label as their Beatles’ debut album, The Beatles’ The Beatles, and was the first Hollies album to go to No 1 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Canada. It was lifted from the band’s parlophone debut album Stay with the Hollie, released on January 1, 1964, and the album’s title changed to Here I go Again, which was also lifted from Stay With The Hollier, released a few weeks later. The first single from the album, Just Like Me\”, was released as their debut single in May 1963 and hit No. 25 on the British Singles chart. The second single, another cover of the Coasters’ \”Searchin’\”, hit No 12.