Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-The Hollies
Album:30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993
The Hollies were one of the top British Invasion bands and Bus Stop was their first big hit in North America. The group started with childhood pals Allan Clarke (born Apr. 5, 1942 in Salford, England) & Graham Nash (born Feb. 2, 1942 in Blackpool, England). They grew up dreaming of stardom and formed a group with bassist Eric Haydock (born Feb. 3, 1943 in Stockport, England). EMI producer Ron Richards signed them in 1963 after seeing them at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Original guitarist Vic Steele was replaced by Tony Hicks (born Dec. 16, 1945 in Nelson, England). Drummer Don Rathbone was replaced by Bobby Elliott (born Dec. 8, 1942 in Burnley, England). Haydock, Hicks & Elliott played together previously in The Dolphins. The Hollies were a very solid band but not as popular as The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. And they went nowhere in the US until Bus Stop in 1966. Nash, Clarke & Hicks wrote a lot of the songs but Bus Stop was written by legendary songwriter Graham Gouldman. He wrote a lot of great songs of the era and would go on to form 10cc. The Hollies continued to have pop success but Nash was getting restless and left in 1968 to write more serious material. Of course he would be part of Crosby, Stills & Nash. He was replaced by Terry Sylvester of The Swinging Blue Jeans. It looked like The Hollies were fading when they had their biggest hit in 1972 with Long Cool Woman. Clarke had left to go solo but then returned. The Hollies continued to record occasionally over the years. This 3CD box set was released when they returned to EMI in 1993. There are leaner comps available. Hicks & Elliott still tour as The Hollies today. Here's The Hollies performing their classic Bus Stop in 1966.