Personalities | The Hollies | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1962–present)

The sound of Manchester’s most acclaimed beat group hinged on the jazz sensibility of Bobby Elliott (drums) and, more so, on the breathtaking chorale of Allan Clarke (vocals), Tony Hicks (guitar, vocals) and Graham Nash (vocals, guitar) who, under the pseudonym ‘L. Ransford’, also composed many of an unbroken series of smashes from 1963 to 1968. Yet it was a non-original, 1966’s ‘Look Through Any Window’, that broke The Hollies in the US. Though reliant more on outside writers after Nash left to form the Crosby, Stills & Nash ‘supergroup’, the run of hits continued up to 1974’s ‘The Air That I Breathe’, and, as late as 1983, ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ swept into the US Top 20. Moreover, via its use in a TV commercial, a re-release of 1969’s ‘He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother)’ was a domestic No. 1 in 1988. Clarke retired, but Hicks and Elliott soldiered on into the new millennium.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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