The Hollies

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2010

Inducted by: Steven Van Zandt

Nominated in: 2010

First Eligible: 1990 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Bernie Calvert, Allan Clarke, Bobby Elliott, Eric Haydock, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash and Terry Sylvester

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2017 (ranked #219) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Bus Stop (1966)
Carrie Anne (1967)
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (1969)
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) (1971)
The Air that I Breathe (1974)

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146 comments so far (post your own)

I'm surprised to see The Hollies not get more vote/comments here - on this other website:
They are in the top 20 of most deserving but overlooked artists.

Posted by garjen on Friday, 12.15.06 @ 13:40pm

The problem with the Hall of Fame is that as they only add 5 artists a year; and each past year has like a dozen artists that haven't been inducted... every time they pick an older one, they have to be saying "this group is better than all but four of the newly eligible groups." So, innovation and influence is a huge factor.

Enter the Hollies. Yes, they were successful, but NOT influential. They paved no new ground, and a few of their hits are directly influenced by other acts, a few years late (Long Cool Woman and CCR; All I Need is the Air that I Breathe/late-era Beatles, etc.).

A successful group with a few good songs, but not groundbreaking Hall of Fame material.

Posted by bookhouse88 on Saturday, 01.13.07 @ 06:59am

No offense bookhouse but, I think there is a little more value in this band than Mad donna who was inducted this year. It is a popularity contest, not a true indication of talent. Amazing harmonies. Actually better than the Beatles on vocals. Not over-all, but right up there due to the harmonies.

Posted by Mike Stuver on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 00:38am

Without the Hollies, there would have been no CSN. Graham Nash contributed a lot to the Hollies so the Hollies were a springboard for Nash's subsequent work

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.30.08 @ 14:43pm

Bookhouse88 you may want to brush up on your rock history." A few good songs". this tells me you have listened to very few Hollies records. Their hits alone number a couple dozen...Some help define the era. The Rock Hall itself lists 'Bus Stop' as one of the greatest 500 records ever, and that is one of many great songs that was a hit. 'Look Through Any Window','I Can't Let Go', 'On A Carousel', 'Carrie Ann'...there are so many I'll stop there. Little Steven of the E Street band campaigns for the band's induction every year as Does 'The Big Takeover's' editor Jack Rabid.

Bands that have cited The Hollies as an influence are The Raspberries, Material Issue,Apples In Stereo,The Jellyfish,Fountains Of Wayne,etc.

This is a great band that needs to be inducted. My God...The Dells and Percy Sledge are in. So are Buffalo Springfield and their one good album. Induct them NOW!

Posted by Steve on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 20:52pm

Steve, I agree with you 100% percent, but you forgot to mention their best song, and one of the greatest songs to come out of the British Invasion... "He Aint Heavy (He's My Brother). That song alone should get them inducted. Also not mentioned, but great songs of theirs...

Just One Look (Doris Troy cover)
Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
Stop Stop Stop

There is no doubt they belong in The Hall.

Posted by D.K. on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 12:20pm

Here are my reasons why reason why the Hollies deserve to be inducted into the R&RHOF.

THEIR SOUND: For many people, the most significant thing about the Hollies is their soaring, three-part vocal harmonies. Granted, tight vocal harmonies also define 1960s bands such as the Beatles, the Searchers, and the Byrds, but more these or other bands, the Hollies popularized the sound. As a result, the Hollies' harmonies also influenced many later 1970s and 1980s MOR (middle of the road) bands such as Styx, Kansas, and Fleetwood Mac.

THEIR MUSICIANSHIP: Tony Hicks' lead-guitar work is reason enough for the Hollies to be inducted into the R&RHOF; is there anyone who doesn't know Hick's guitar intro to one of the greatest romantic rock songs of all time, "The Air That I Breathe"? Unlike many of his 1960s contemporaries, Hicks' guitar style developed over the years, moving from an early, gritty "beat group" sound to more adventurous guitar work on the band's "Summer Of Love" songs (Carrie Anne, King Midas In Reverse, Not That Way At All) to an understated, tasteful sound on later ballads such as "He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)," "I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top" and the breathtaking "Gasoline Alley Bred."

Any list of great rock/pop drummers has to include Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott. Like contemporaries Ringo Starr and Keith Moon, Elliott developed a unique sound that propelled the band through a variety of musical styles, including "Beat Group" back beat, psychedelic, country & western, romantic ballad, and straight-out rock, the most obvious example being his work on "Long Cool Woman."

THEIR SONG WRITING: The Hollies are one of a handful of 1960s bands who rose to the challenge of writing unique, personal songs at a time when bands such as the Searchers and Peter & Gordon were content to record "cover versions" of other people's material. The Clarke/Hicks/Nash song-writing team created some of the most upbeat, infectious pop-rock songs of the 1960s, a list that includes "On A Carousel,""Carrie Anne," and "Stop Stop Stop." In the 1970s, band members Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Terry Sylvester tackled complex adult issues such as marital infidelity ("I Wanna Shout"), the challenge of young love ("Too Young To Be Married") and the emotional pain of separation ("My Life Is Over With You"). More than any other 1960s band, the music of the Hollies helped us define, explore, and characterize the complex nature of romantic love.

THEIR SPIRIT: On a spiritual level, the music of the Hollies offers an optimistic, often joyful view of life that reminds us that love, despite the occasional complication and setback, is the source of true happiness. While bands such as the Beatles, the Kinks, and the Who were exploring darker issues of alienation, anger, and class issues, the Hollies offered listeners a more optimistic, positive view of life that lifted our spirits and showed us a world as harmonious and energetic as the band's best songs.

As much as the Kinks, the Who, or the Rolling Stones, the Hollies deserve to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. -- Paul D. Schneider, Los Angeles

Posted by Paul D. Schneider on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 21:40pm

Bookhouse88 wrote:

"The problem with the Hall of Fame is that as
they only add 5 artists a year; and each past
year has like a dozen artists that haven't been
inducted... every time they pick an older one,
they have to be saying "this group is better than
all but four of the newly eligible groups." So,
innovation and influence is a huge factor."

Bookhouse88 -- let's call him Mr. Potato Head,
given his lack of knowledge and understanding of
rock music in general and the Hollies in
particular -- makes what he believes is his
strongest case for the reason the Hollies are not
in the R&RHOF, the band's alleged lack of
"innovation and influence." Mind you, this fails
to explain why bands such as the Dave Clark Five
(who are little more than a one-dimensional
British beat group with a handful of hits) are in
the R&RHOF, but let's move on to Mr. Potato
Head's next moronic comment.

"Enter the Hollies. Yes, they were successful,
but NOT influential. They paved no new ground,
and a few of their hits are directly influenced
by other acts, a few years late (Long Cool Woman
and CCR; All I Need is the Air that I
Breathe/late-era Beatles, etc.)."

Bzzt, wrong! As Steve points out in his
message, the Hollies were a significant influence on bands from Crosby, Stills & Nash (whose two albums released between
1969 and 1971 sound remarkably similar to earlier Hollies
albums) to modern power pop bands such as Fountains Of Wayne and Jellyfish (not to mention the Posies, who delivered a stunning cover of the Hollies' groundbreaking song, "King Midas In Reverse," for the Hollies tribute album, "Sing Hollies In Reverse."

Mr. Potato Head's comment that "a few of [the
Hollies] hits are directly influenced by other
acts" suggest that his exposure to the Hollies is
limited to the handful of hits he heard on the
radio when his mother was driving him to
kindergrarten. This short list included "Long Cool Woman," (which I'm the first to admit sounds a lot like Creedence
Clearwater Survival from the late 1960s), giving
some people the impression -- wrongly, of course
-- that the Hollies lacked an original style.

(Of course, the Beatles "Back In The USSR" sounds like the Beach Boys, but no one in their right mind would accuse the Beatles of lacking an original style, right?).

Yes, the Hollies sound similar at times to the
Beatles, which isn't bloody surprising given the
fact that both bands were influenced by early
American rock & roll (Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry,
the Everly Brothers, etc). and developed a sound
based on chiming guitars and tight, multi-part
harmonies. However, keep in mind that the Rolling
Stones sound similar to the Animals, the early
Kinks, the early Who, and scores of other British
bands who loved American rhythm and blues. In
other words, if Mr. Potato Head is going to slag
the Hollies for being "unoriginal," then he
better indict the over-rated Rolling Stones for
the same musical crime.

Although I don't know Mr. Potato Head personally,
my guess is he is a young person, probably in his
20s or early 30s. I base this on the fact that like
many young music fans (and this has been going on
since I was in my 20s in the 1970s) he rates
bands on how "original" and "influential" he and his friends believe those bands are.

What Mr. Potato Head and his ilk (including many
music critics) fail to understand is that EVERY
musician/band in the history of music -- a list
that includes Brahms (who was influenced by
Beethoven) and Elvis Presley (who was influenced
by the country & western and R&B music he grew up
with in the South) was inspired by the music
he/she/they grew up with.

"A successful group with a few good songs, but
not groundbreaking Hall of Fame material."

Uh, "a few good songs"? How about at least 20
good songs (based on the average Hollies "best
of" compilation)? Hell, as Steve points out,
1960s American band Buffalo Springfield is in the
R&RHOF and they had one hit, "For What It's
Worth." So based on the truly stupid idea that a
band's importance is directly related to how many
hit records it produced, the Hollies should be
have been inducted into the R&RHOF years ago.

Reading Mr. Potato Head's comments, I can't help
but wonder how many R&RHOF members share his
half-baked, wrong-headed views about the Hollies.
If that's the case, the induction of the Hollies
into the R&RHOF will be long hard climb up a long,
dark road (heh heh, despite massive musical evidence to
the contrary. But if we Hollies fans continue to
bang the drum for the band -- based on our
well-founded knowledge that the Hollies are
indeed one of the greatest bands in the history
of rock and roll music, damn it! -- we can help
bring the band the attention and acclaim Clarke,
Hicks, Nash, Sylvester, Rikfors, Calvert,
Rathbone, Haydock, and Elliott so richly deserve. -- Paul D. Schneider

Posted by Paul D. Schneider on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 16:39pm

That era was probably my most impressionable time as far as music was concerned, I had started to teach myself guitar, and I grew up near a large metropolitan area, so the area I grew up in wasn't "sheltered". That being said, I really don't remember that much of a buzz about the Hollies...they seemed to be lumped in with a bunch of other bands. I also can't say with a clear conscience that they were particularly innovative or influential. Not saying their music was bad, but it didn't really reach out and SLAP anyone either (IMO).

Now as far as the Dave Clark 5 goes, Dave made an interesting statement during the induction by referring to it as the "American" HoF, which it's not supposed to be, but he had a point. The DC5 were the first "British Invasion" band to actually come over here and make a splash...people saw them on Ed Sullivan, and the next day in school were saying "WOW". They weren't really all that one-dimensional either. They were a good group who happened to be the first to do something, and it opened the floodgates, even for the Beatles.

As for "Long Cool Woman", the only comment I hear about that song is that you can't understand the lyrics (I know I can't to this day). A local radio station even voted it the song with "the most unintelligible lyrics"

Like I said before, not a bad group, but not earth-shattering, either. Just my observation. Being a fan of theirs is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 22:08pm

Yes, that statement by Dave Clark does make a point. His perception that the RRHOF is an American Hall of Fame is something to be considered. I don't know for sure but as far as I know the Hall's voters are all American. That does put a somewhat subjective spin on the voting.
I am an American who believes that the Hollies are one of the very best rock and roll groups in rock's history. Their three-part harmony in my opinion has rarely (if ever) been equaled. Tony Hicks is recognized as one of the best lead guitarists. Bobby Elliott is considered to be at the top of the list as a drummer. Allan Clarke's strong, distinctive voice has been one of rock's best.
Many performers have mentioned the Hollies as a big influence on their music. Dan Fogelberg has mentioned them as influencing his career. There are many others who point to the Hollies as affecting their music.
Many people in the United States are unaware of all the great music the Hollies have produced. If I only listened to the radio growing up- I never would have known how good the Hollies are. They rarely got airplay except for their major hits. Only someone who bought their albums on a regular basis became aware of their constant excellence. I was lucky to have purchased an eight-track in 1967 of their greatest hits up to that point. Most of those hits on the tape were not even played over here on the radio.
In 1969 the USA was exposed to the Hollies sound when Graham Nash(who was a founding member of the Hollies)joined Crosby,Stills and Nash in their venture into rock and roll. This venture culminated in an induction into the RRHOF.
The Hollies have always performed at the highest level and produced excellent music. It is a tragedy that they have not been inducted into the RRHOF! Each year I see performers that have not contributed as much to rock as the Hollies get inducted. I pray that this oversight by the committee will be rectified soon.

Posted by Ron Wells on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 00:45am

Terry...As far as the Hollies being influential...please refer to my post above...I listed some bands that have actually stated the Hollies were an influence. I don't really have a bone to pick with really don't degrade the Hollies...I still would venture a guess that you have not heard the majority of their music , which is much more than their hits.

Yes the DC5 [A band I really like] did make a big splash...the Hollies had many more self penned songs and their material was much less one dimensional. The reason you didn't hear more from The Hollies when The British Invasion began was their American lable was Imperial...Who did a TERRIBLE job of promoting the band. The Hollies did not hit in the States until a full two years AFTER the Fabs and DC5...this in spite of being only behind the Beatles in the UK charts. Fabulous songs like 'I Can't Let Go'...'Were Through'...'I'm Alive' [A British #1] did not even make the top 40 in the States. A listen to those songs will have you scratching you head and asking, "Why?". Just saying.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 08:31am

During that time, AM radio "top 40" was still predominate over FM, and if the "top 40" you heard from a band was just "okay" there's a chance you weren't going to invest your allowance on an album. I had scores of 45 RPM singles and very few albums until I was in my mid-teens when I heard KLZ-FM out of Denver...which was the first album-oriented FM rock station I ever heard. By then, the Hollies only had 1 or 2 songs in rotation, and my first impression of them was just "okay" from the earlier top 40 stuff. Pretty hard to shake first impressions, particularly at that age.

Thanks for the make a good case.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 09:07am

The comments (above) about the Hollies' status as a "singles band" prompts me to add the following to my earlier list of why i believe the Hollies deserve to be inducted into the R&RHOF:

THEIR ALBUMS: It’s true, the Hollies have racked up more than 30 hit singles over the years (including smash world hits such as “Carrie Anne,” “He Ain’t Heavy (He’s My Brother)” and “The Air That I Breathe”), reason enough to induct them into the R&RHOF. But some of the brightest stars in the Hollies constellation are the band’s albums, most of which have gone largely ignored in the U.S. due to bad marketing on the part of the band’s U.S. label, Epic Records. In fact, in terms of mature song writing, bold musical techniques, and the conceptual and stylistic integrity that marks any great album, the three Hollies’ albums released between 1966 and 1967 -- “For Certain Because,””Evolution” and “Butterfly” stand on equal footing with the three Beatles albums released during the same time (“Rubber Soul,””Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”). Later albums such as “Confessions Of The Mind” and “Another Night” (recorded with Nash’s 1968 replacement, rhythm guitarist Terry Sylvester) are equally strong and prove without a doubt that the Hollies are much more than a “singles band.” -- Paul D. Schneider, Los Angeles

Posted by Paul D. Schneider on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 18:07pm

Paul...I don't doubt what you say, just giving what was my vantage point during that era. AM radio and "top 40" formats were pretty sparse.

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 18:27pm

Terry (above) wrote:

As for "Long Cool Woman", the only comment I hear about that song is that you can't understand the lyrics (I know I can't to this day). A local radio station even voted it the song with "the most unintelligible lyrics"

I reply:

Terry, I find your comment amusing, to say the least. If intelligible lyrics are the mark of a great rock band, how do you explain:

-- The Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man" (and much of the rest of the band's music, for that matter)
-- any cover of the song, "Louie Louie"
-- almost every song recorded by R.E.M. during the 1980s and 1990s (one of my friends refers to lead singer Michael Stipe as "Mumbles").

And who can forget Bob Dylan misinterpreting "I can't hide" as "I get high" in the Beatles song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

"Long Cool Woman" was obviously meant to be a good-natured take on Creedence Clearwater Revival (who were big when the Hollies recorded LCW in 1973), but it's no more derivative than the Beatles "Back In The USSR" (which is a nod to the Beach Boys) or the Who's "Happy Jack" (which is a nod to Jan & Dean and other American "surf bands").

Thanks for making my chuckle, Terry! - Paul D. Schneider

Posted by Paul D. Schneider on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 19:05pm

Paul...and don't forget the immortal "Israelites" by Desmond Dekker and the Aces...LOL!!! It ranks pretty high, too!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 20:11pm

Or anything Off REMs 'Murmer' or 'Reckoning'!

Posted by Steve Potocin on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 20:28pm

I meant 'Murmur'. Ha!

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 20:29pm

Terry wrote:

"The DC5 were the first "British Invasion" band to actually come over here and make a splash...people saw them on Ed Sullivan, and the next day in school were saying "WOW".

Paul replies:

Terry, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the Beatles, not the DC5, were the first British Invasion band to appear on the "Ed Sullivan" TV show. To put it another way, the Beatles launched the British invasion in February 1964 and the DC5 showed up a month later. For what it's worth, the DC5 were the
first group to knock the Beatles from the No.1 record chart position in the U.S.

To get back on topic, the Hollies, probably due to inept marketing on the part of the band's first U.S. label, Imperial Records, never appeared on the Sullivan show, likely another reason the band was never as popular in the U.S. as they were in the rest of the world.

To add insult to injury, both Imperial and the Hollies' later U.S. label, Epic Records, hacked up the band's UK releases and "repackaged" them with the band's hit singles and fewer songs. For example, the U.S. version of the Hollies brilliant 1967 UK album, "Butterfly," is missing THREE songs (including the heart-pounding rocker, "When Your Lights Turned On"), none of which were ever released in the U.S.

Terry, I hope this helps to explain why the Hollies -- who are undeniably one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and one that richly deserves to be inducted into the R&RHOF -- are often misunderstood and under-appreciated by so many American music fans and critics (sigh).

Posted by Paul D. Schneider on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 05:14am

Wonderful harmonies. 2 of the best pop songs ever written: Bus Stop & Carrie Ann. Other great songs, but some clunkers too.

I would vote them in.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 10:06am're right. The Beatles were on directly before them, but essentially about the same time. I've been listening to the Hollies on Rhapsody, and there is a lot of real pleasant stuff there I had never heard. On this subscription site it's always nice to go back and pick up on stuff I missed for whatever reason. Thanks for the suggestions!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 19:10pm

Terry.... Hollies songs to search out.[Non US hits] 'Stop Right There'...'When Your Lights Turned On'...'Would You Believe'...'Tell Me To My Face'. I'll stop there. Don't want to be fanatical[I'll leave that to Paul!]

Posted by Steve Potocin on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 19:56pm

Steve...I appreciate it. Thanx!!!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 20:02pm

The only problem I have with the Hollies is their later work post-Nash. Too commercial-which is why he left. Too pandering. Take a tune like "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother." They're just telling the left leaning cultural establishment of that time what they think they want to hear. Help out you're fellow man, etc.

Well I got news for ya when you're carryin half a dozen of your brothers, it IS heavy, man.......

Posted by SG on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:12pm

My fellow Hollie fans will hate me but....The Hollies were never the same after Nash left the band. Nash was their strongest songwriter and the best high harmony singer in rock at the time.Terry Sylvester was a fine replacement...but some of the excitement was missing. They still had plenty of flashes of brilliance ['Long Dark Road,'Long Cool Women,'Air That I Breath,'Sandy',etc] But IMO they qualify on the Nash years alone anyway...the rest is icing on the cake.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:21pm

On a lighter of you had mentioned that Crosby, Stills, and Nash were greatly influenced by The Hollies. Well, I certainly hope!!!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:30pm

Ha! Cream were Influenced by The Yardbirds.

Posted by Steve on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:39pm

Ya think???? So was Led!!!!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 21:45pm

Dan Fogelberg recorded "Tell Me To My Face" on his album "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 07:48am

So did Keith ['98.6'] , and he took top 40 in 1967!

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 08:04am

Like many groups The Hollies were always in the shadows of the Beatles. The Hollies were able to be quite competitive musically. Their three part harmonies was influential to many groups of their time and currently. Tony Hicks grew into a great lead guitarist. Bobby Elliot set a great back beat for the foundations of their songs. Allan Clarke a fantastic lead singer, distinct voice in rock and love songs.
Bus Stop, Look through Any Window, Carrie Ann,Stop Stop, Stop, Air That I Breathe, He Ain't Heavy and Long Cool Woman is that not enough to induct these guys. Don't pull a Dave Clark 5 and induct them after members have passed. All members are alive and have only been away from touring a few years.


Posted by maddog on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 11:13am

The Hollies deserve this big time.Their contribution to music has been impeccable over the 45 years that they have been together as a band.The incredible songs,the songwriting,the harmonies the brilliant musicianship have been paramount in the success of this wonderful group.The induction needs to be NOW-END OF-Please let it happen.

Posted by Carrie Anne on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 11:02am

I'd take them over DC5 any day.

"He ain't heeeeeaaaavy....."

Posted by Liam on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 14:13pm

This man speaks the truth!

Posted by Steve Potocin on Thursday, 03.20.08 @ 18:11pm

Is there any way to find out if The Hollies have even been "considered" up to this point? Has the committee even tabled their name? Perhaps Graham Nash can partner with Little Steven to apply some leverage.

Posted by Alan Stefanowicz on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 08:36am

I'm pretty sure that the Hall's seeming attempts at inducting every act from the '60s will result in The Hollies induction.

Posted by Liam on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 08:39am

Liam - I only hope you're right.

Posted by Alan Stefanowicz on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 10:02am

I distinctly remember Graham Nash mentioning that The Hollies belong in the RRHOF. I believe I read that comment in music mag a few years ago.

Posted by Alan Stefanowicz on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 10:03am

The Buffalo Springfield are in. Probably based on the fact that Sills and Young were in the band.Their catalog pales in comparison in quality[Not to mention quanity] to The Hollies 60s output.

Posted by Steve on Friday, 03.21.08 @ 13:11pm

Look for a NEW Hollies album sometime in late 2008.

Posted by Alan Stefanowicz on Saturday, 03.29.08 @ 06:46am

The Hollies are one of the greatest bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Their hits ALONE should qualify them for induction, but, like so many groups of the Golden Era (1964-74) of Top 40, their numerous albums are filled with wonderful songs that don't get the praise they deserve. I've seen many bands in my 35+ years of concert-going, but I still rate my first Hollies concert in 1972 (when they were introducing their new lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Mikael Rickfors) as the most jaw-dropping show I've ever attended. The band was simply stunning. Take the time to actually listen to some Hollies albums and watch the videos on YouTube for proof of their special brand of magic. The Hollies' music is very wide-ranging, which may have been confusing to the public, as only The Beatles had mega-stardom with an equally diverse musical palate. Nevertheless, The Hollies produced an impressive, highly enjoyable body of work, and their place in rock history is secure, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or not.

Posted by Fred on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 21:18pm

As for somebody's comment that after Graham Nash left the band was never the same, that is true. They were better! Terry Sylvester was the perfect harmony singer, making the band's sound even sweeter. The band matured and made some really fine albums in the early '70s, especially "Distant Light", "Romany", "Out On The Road", and "Hollies".

Posted by Fred on Monday, 04.7.08 @ 21:29pm

Well Fred, I was the person who said the Hollies were never the same after Graham left. I'll make my case but as a fellow Hollies fan I enjoyed the Hollie music with Terry as well. Graham Nash was IMO the finest high harmony singer in rock in the 70s...this is also the opinion of John Sebastian, David Crosby, Cass Elliott, even Lou Adler among others. Nash voice was somewhat harsh when blended with Clarke's nasal lead and Tony's bottom. This led to a very exciting sound...the most exciting harmony sound in all 60s rock. Note I did not say most beautiful nor perfect. After Nash left, the Hollies with Sylvester still sounded great. The Quality of the original songs never returned to the brillance of the album tracks like those on 'Hollies',thru 'Butterfly', IMO.This was due in great part to the band losing their most adventurous songwriter.

In short they were a great band, which people who have not listened to albums will never figure out. I like the Nash years better, you like the Sylvester years better...we both agree both periods were ace.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Thursday, 04.10.08 @ 21:01pm

Make that "finest high harmony singer of the 60s."

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 04.10.08 @ 21:27pm

Graham Nash singing way up there was a big influence on me musically when I was a little girl and I didn't even know his name. I learned how to harmonize thanks to him even more than to Brian Wilson.

I didn't realize it until recently when I started listening to sixties music again.

We take the formative stuff for granted. What's taking the Hall of Fame so long?

Posted by Elizabeth on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 21:01pm

Looks like The Hollies were ignored again this year. What a tragedy. I hope they'll get in one day

Posted by Harrison on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 22:20pm

truly unbelievable. A band who must be there, and they need apologize to nobody.

Posted by Tim O on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:41pm

Another year gone by and another year the Hollies get hosed by the idiots on The nominating board. Even having the voice of truth and reason [Little Steven] in their corner didn't help. Total bullshit.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 19:37pm

This is a no-brainer: the Hollies richly deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. The fact they they're not diminishes the Hall's credibility and reputation.

Posted by Mark Schaffner on Friday, 10.24.08 @ 20:06pm

The Hollies are long overdue for the R&R HoF. Allan Clarke's voice is outstanding and their harmonies are unequalled. Tony Hicks is a master on guitar and you would be hard pressed to find a drummer before or since as good as Bobby Elliott. I agree there must be something else going on here (I read the American 'bias' bit, although I'm not sure that's the whole reason). Let's just get on with it!

Posted by Linda Cook on Wednesday, 12.3.08 @ 22:06pm

What no Hollies yet? Not even a nomination??!!

Outrageous!! Should have be in a long time ago

Posted by Firebrick on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:14pm

Hey Firebrick your not alone. A while ago I personally thought The Hollies were inducted some time in the 90's

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:19pm

This neglect is ridiculous. The Hollies belong in there, especially considering how the RRHoF use none other than Graham Nash, who brought his hard working Hollies sensibility to the States, at every opportunity as an ombudsman of the art of rock and roll.

Do you think it's because some of their stuff is considered 'bubblegum'? If so, long may their brand be chewed.

Three time Nash, or at least get the Hollies in.

Posted by Elizabeth on Saturday, 03.7.09 @ 08:40am

my 2 cents... :)

Paul D. Schneider wrote :

"the three Hollies’ albums released between 1966 and 1967 -- “For Certain Because,””Evolution” and “Butterfly” stand on equal footing with the three Beatles albums released during the same time (“Rubber Soul,””Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” ...

Paul, I am digging your posts to the
max, but you are taking the albums
by The Hollies, a tad out of sequence.

Since you use the title For Certain Because,
instead of Stop! Stop! Stop! I will stick
with British releases and dates as well.

HELP The Beatles Aug 6 1965
HOLLIES The Hollies Sep. 3 1965
Rubber Soul The Beatles Dec. 3 1965
>Would You Believe The Hollies June 1 1966<
Revolver The Beatles Aug. 5 1966
For Certain Because The Hollies Oct. 1 1966
Pepper and Evolution BOTH bands June 1 1967
Butterfly The Hollies Oct 1 1967.

Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper counterparts would more likely be,
Would You Believe, For Certain
Because and Evolution. More or less.
And what fine albums all of them are.

Just trying to help.. :)

also ... Paul, your assessment of Tony Hicks,
is right on the money. The Hollies SHOULD be
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on his talent

But then when we, add to that more great talent
in the timeless vocal powerhouse Allan Clarke,
the great rhythm section of Bobby Elliott and
Eric Haydock/Bernie Calvert, so many hits.
The fine vocal harmonies of Terry Sylvester and
Graham Nash as well as the latter's songwriting.
Though Sylvester penned some fine material
too.(Indian Girl)and the sum of the parts
places them among rocks elite all time hit
makers, movers and shakers. A band beloved
the world over.

There is no justifiable reason why The Hollies, arenot enshrined among their peers, it is richly
deserved and by now long overdue.

Please induct The Hollies
into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. :)

Posted by Lou on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 18:05pm

The Hollies pioneered the rock power ballad like no other band.
Boston, Styx, Chicago, Journey, Kansas, Foreigner etc have made their careers in this genre, but the Hollies virtually invented it.

Posted by Eamonn on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 11:03am

YES! Long overdue!

Posted by Steve on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 10:00am


Above all, it was the wide-open three-part vocal harmonies of original members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Eric Haydock, inspired by the Everly Brothers, that gave the Hollies a sound apart from other British Invasion beat groups. Songwriter Graham Gouldman supplied them with “Look Through Any Window” and “Bus Stop.” And the original writing talent of Clarke, Nash, and lead guitarist Tony Hicks took over on “Stop! Stop! Stop!” and “On a Carousel,” as the Hollies went on to chart 21 consecutive Top 20 UK hits through 1970. After Nash’s departure in 1968, new hits carried them into the mid-70’s including “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” “Long Dark Road,” “Magic Woman Touch,” “The Air That I Breathe,” and others.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 11:15am

Nice post was Tony Hicks singing the low harmony, not Eric.

Posted by Steve on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 14:28pm


This news makes my day. I hope Graham's, Allan's, Tony's, Bobby's and Bernie's is made in the near future. I have read that Nash himself is pleased with the nomination!

Posted by Elizabeth on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 20:17pm

The Hollies should have been in the Hall years ago. In their prime in England they were second only to the Beatles. Their soaring three-part harmony set the standard by which others have learn from. One of their founding members already is in the Hall- Graham Nash. Theire numerous hits and many years of sustained excellence should be enough to be their ticket to the RRHOF !

Posted by Ron on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 21:16pm

How influential were the Hollies ?

They did MUCH to develop three part harmonies on pop songs & Rock numbers...

They impressed the Everly Brothers who cut 75% Hollies originals (helped by The Hollies & Jimmy Page) on "Two Yanks in England" in 1966.

Clarke, Hicks & Nash helped out on a few Rolling Stones album tracks in 1964 (Hicks & Nash are thanked by Andrew loog Oldham on "Metamorphosis")

Hollies members also sang Guest vocals for The Alan Parsons Project & The Scaffold.

They wrote chart hits for The Searchers & John Walker in 1967...

They Discovered & signed up a young Elton John in 1968

Their 1966 "Leasing Back" deal ("A Hollies Recording") broke new ground for Artists re creative power and more Artistic freedom...

The Hollies Influenced Jimi Hendrix re the USA cover of his "Are You Experienced ?" album, after Jimi saw their album "Evolution"...

....and The Beatles re the Dutch guys Simon & Marijke who FIRST did Evolution"
...then "Sgt.Pepper" album covers in 1967

watching The Hollies Drummer Bobby Elliott play "Here I Go Again" in 1964 FIRST got Cozy Powell into becoming a Drummer ...

while Phil Collins (Genesis) cites Bobby Elliott as a major influence...

Eric Clapton said Tony Hicks guitar on "Air that I Breathe" was the "Most Soulful" he had heard...and he wished he had played the intro...!

Beach Boy Legend Brian Wilson has paid tribute to The Hollies...

The Hollies boosted George Harrison's songwriting cause...putting a Harrison song into the UK Top Twenty in 1965...FOUR YEARS before George could do for himself !

They also promoted the songs of: Graham Gouldman (of 10c.c.) Paul Simon (who thanked them in 1966), Bruce Springsteen (who thanked them in 1974)...Judee Sill, David Ackles , Emmylou Harris & Nils Lofgren...

The Hollies influence Pete Ham who originally named Badfinger "The Iveys" in tribute to The Hollies & made his band reherse "Just One Look" until their vocal Harmonies were ultra tight...

The Hollies featured "Sound Effects" on their songs in 1965...even before The use of Echo ("So Lonely" 1965)...Heavy Rock guitar ("Hard Hard Year" 1966) early use of Mellotron ("Wings" 1968) & Synth' ("Don't Give Up Easily" November 1969) Bells, Gong, Harpsichord,Electric piano, Vox Phantom guitar, Rickenbacker guitar, Guitar/sitar, Caribbean Steel Drums, Kettle Drum, Reverse Tape Loop effects,Electrical effects on vocals etc....

The Hollies donated a song to charity...."Wings" alongside the Beatles "Across The Universe" for The World wildlife Fund in 1969...

the Hollies wrote songs re Nature - "Signs that will Never Change" (cut 2 May 1967) before most artists were doing such songs...

The Hollies were among the FIRST if not THE FIRST Group to record a vocal "Tribute Album devoted to One Artist - "Hollies Sing Dylan" (A UK No.3 Album in May 1969)....Tribute albums now being a common thing.

Worldwide The Hollies have achieved over 300 seperate Chart placings with singles, & over 60 Album chart placings...

They have had 32 UK chart singles (Matching The Beatles in terms of number up to 1970 - 22 hits each) and 23 USA chart placings (More in fact than the Dave Clark Five's 19 chart hits)

Up to 1970 The Hollies had MORE UK chart hits than The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Searchers, Manfred Mann or Herman's Hermits.

The Hollies had TWICE as many UK hits as The Who,The Small Faces, & The Animals..

...and THREE times as many UK Hits as The Yardbirds, The Move and The Troggs.

Along with The Byrds, & Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies were the other Foundation Group of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Inducted)....

The Hollies have in fact had MORE singles Chart placings Worldwide than The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield & C,S,N, & Y... ALL PUT TOGETHER....

Posted by Boz on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 08:54am

Let me add these bands who have acknowledged the Hollies influence;

Material Issue
The Raspberries
The Shoes
The Posies
Ricky Skaggs!!??

The Hollies were also early champions of Bruce Springsteen, recording his songs [Bruce came backstage at The Bottomline in 195 to voice his approval of their version of 'Sandy'.

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 13:11pm

In Terms of Songwriting the Hollies have been VERY Underrated....

Many heap praise on Graham Nash (as due to CSN & Y he is much better known in the USA)....graham DESERVES that praise....but Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester & even Mike Rickfors tend to get overlooked as composers....

Nash-Clarke wrote together right from the word go ("Whole World Over", "Hey Whats Wrong with Me", "Now's The Time", "Little Lover", "Running Through The Night"- which was later recorded in 1966 )...mainly used as singles 'B' sides.....the first two were cut at The Hollies very first EMI Recording session...

Tony Hicks soon joined forces with them....together they composed under a pen name as "Ransford"....tho' Hicks earlier had composed the odd song himself ("When I'm Not There" - an EP Track)...and with Drummer Bobby Elliott "Keep Off That friend of mine" (a 'B' side).

From 1964 to mid 1966 "Ransford" (Clarke-Hicks-Nash) composed as a team...including their UK Hit "We're Through" (No. 7 in the UK)....their songs were either Album tracks ("When I Come Home To You", "I've Been Wrong", "Hard Hard Year" etc)...overseas hits ("I've got A Way of My Own") or STRONG singles 'B' sides ("Nobody", "You know he Did", "Don't Run and hide" etc)...

Nash began to write solo tracks under the team banner ("Fifi The Flea", "Clown", "Stop Right There""Everything is Sunshine" etc)...tho' note MOST if not all were very much solo tracks....few carried Group harmonies...indeed while charming & superb songs they often leaned AWAY from the Group idiom...towards solo status...

Clarke said in 1968: "Graham was simply writing too many songs that we COULDN'T use (the group that is...)
That's NOT a slur on Nash at all....he was probably even not knowing it growing AWAY from his band...many songs echoed Escapism ("Away Away Away", "Postcard", "Butterfly" "Maker"....with a telling line: "Back to Reality don't you just pity me...I could so easily stay here...")

Nash wrote "King Midas..." but Hicks & Clarke then each added ideas to it - Clarke often wrote bridge sections, Nash the verses & Hicks the chorus & devised the basic song constructions...

Clarke & Hicks ALSO wrote solo under the Team banner too....

Hicks wrote "Pegasus" & the unissued "You Were A Pretty Little Girl"....Hicks had written much of "Carrie Anne" before first Nash...then Clarke joined in !)

Clarke wrote "Lullaby To Tim" for his son...which 'Uncle' Graham took & sang (not to everyone's taste re his "Warbling" voice idea !)

Clarke wrote "Would You Believe", "Leave Me", "Heading For A fall", "Water on The Brain", "Charlie and Fred" & nearly all of "Try it"

Clarke-Nash teamed for "Elevated Observations ?", "Wishyouawish", the stunning "Wings"....while the full Clarke-Hicks-Nash team STILL composed together "On A Carousel", "Signs that Will Never Change","Dear Eloise", "Open Up Your Eyes", "Do The Best you Can" etc...

After Nash left the 'Balance' of the band was upset....not as a performing band - Terry Sylvester was a superb replacement - but as a natural outfit...Clarke & Hicks "Drifted apart" minus Nash...hence we got a Clarke-Sylvester songwriting team...with Hicks solo or with pal Kenny Lynch as a team...

Sylvester was a budding but then inexperienced songwriter...

Tony Hicks then actually FLOWERED as a composer then...writing many top songs - His "Too Young To Be Married" topped several charts overseas

...he wrote the complex "Confessions of A Mind", "Frightened Lady", "Lady Please", "Don't Give up Easily", "Dandelion Wine", "Cos You Like To Love Me", "Long Dark Road" ( A USA chart hit) etc....

Clarke wrote solo..."Soldier's Dilemma"(not on the USA album at the time due to Vietnam),"Mad Prof, Blyth", "Row The Boat Together", "Goodbye Tomorrow", "Separated" etc...and co-wrote both "Hey Willy" & "Long Cool Woman" (two UK Hits) with Sylvester wrote a fair Number of album tracks "Man Without a Heart", " I Wanna Shout", "My Life is Over with You",etc...

Sylvester soon began to contribute songs too...his "Gloria Swansong" was the first track of his They cut...then "Cable car", "Pull Down The Blind" (Like Nash these were solo style songs too !)

from 1972 Mike Rickfors added his songs too ("Touch") and on the rare album "Out on The Road" ("The Last Wind","Don't Leave The Child Alone")....

Even Drummer Bobby Elliott (with Sylvester) composed "Transatlantic Westbound Jet" on that Album...

Clarke returned in 1973 with his "Curly Billy" (No 1 in Holland & a UK hit)....then Clarke-Hicks-Sylvester teamed up for a Second era of strong self composed albums from 1974-1978 as Sylvester, like Nash earlier, pulled Clarke & Hicks back together......

"Hollies (1974) written independantly...then together "Another Night" (1975), "Write On" "Russian Roulette" ( both 1976) and "A Crazy Steal" (1978) with just the odd lone cover....saw the band in fine form....Polydor often picking the WRONG songs as UK singles, tho' overseas hits DID continue through that era....

latterly after Sylvester left in 1981 the Clarke-Gary Benson team ("Satellite Three", - with Sylvester "Find Me A Family) and a number of other Clarke collaborations ("Too Many Hearts Get Broken", "Two Shadows") plus the odd Hicks song ("Hillsborough", "Naomi") saw the songwriting reduce as Clarke neared retirement.

The Hollies in both sixties and seventies...and Clarke-Hicks with Nash, then all four independantly...and Mike Rickfors (1972-73), were proloific songwriters of fine material which still stands up well today...

Posted by Boz on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 02:17am

The Hollies

Graham Nash
Allan Clarke
Terry Sylvester
Bernie Calvert
Bobby Elliot
Eric Haydock
Tony Hicks
Don Rathbone
Mikael Rickfors
Anna Maria Muhe

Which members will be inducted?

The Billboard 200 Albums

1966 Bus Stop
1966 Hear! Here!
1967 Evolution
1967 Stop! Stop! Stop!
1967 The Hollies' Greatest Hits
1970 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
1971 Moving Finger
1972 Distant Light
1973 Romany
1973 The Hollies' Greatest Hits
1974 Hollies
1975 Another Night
1983 What Goes Around...

The Billboard 100 Singles

1964 Just One Look
1966 Bus Stop
1966 I Can't Let Go
1966 Look Through Any Window
1966 Stop Stop Stop
1967 Carrie-Anne
1967 Dear Eloise
1967 Just One Look
1967 King Midas In Reverse
1967 On A Carousel
1967 Pay You Back With Interest
1968 Do The Best You Can
1969 Sorry Suzanne
1970 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
1970 I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top
1972 Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
1972 Long Dark Road
1973 Magic Woman Touch
1974 The Air That I Breathe
1975 Another Night
1975 Sandy
1983 Stop In The Name Of Love

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 03:48am

The Hollies are "Too Laid Back" ?

Nonsense ! - Listen to:

Hey What's Wrong With Me
Set Me Free
Keep off That Friend of Mine
Come on Back
You Know He Did
I Take What I want
Take Your Time
Sweet Little Sixteen
So Lonely
Hard Hard Year
Don't Run and Hide
Then The Heartaches Begin
Have You Ever Loved Somebody
Tomorrow When it Comes
Perfect Lady Housewife
Survival of The Fittest
Hold On
You Know The Score
Promised Land
Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
Won't You Feel Good That Morning
Nearer To You
Transatlantic Westbound Jet - BOTH Versions
Slow Down
Courage of Your Convictions
Down on The Run
Curly Billy
Tip of The Iceberg
Time Machine Jive
Crocodile Woman
Out on The Road - BOTH Versions
48 Hour Parole
Russian Roulette
Burn Out
Satellite Three
That'll Be T he Day
Somethin Ain't Right
Purple Rain
Yesterday's Gone
I Lied
If You see Her

...and MANY other songs too....

"Laid Back" ? - RUBBISH !!!!

Posted by Boz on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 10:41am

One of The Hollies biggest problems has always been that ever since the sixties...and now on the Web, far too often so much UTTER NONSENSE is spoken about them by Rock writers & some "Music Experts" - who often don't know much about them besides a few singles !

Hollies entries on some websites are FULL of errors re their career...members names & who did what are often in error....

Thus the band have often been incorrectly tagged as mere "Pop Lightweights"....while MANY still don't know they even wrote their own material as "Ransford"...

Their "Post Nash era" work is largely unknown by many outside the UK and some Devoted overseas fans....even some in Britain know little about the band too !

Posted by Boz on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 10:52am

The Hollies are long overdue to be inducted. One of the best bands to come out of the British Invasion era, their talent has gone unrecognized for far too long. Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, Bernie Calvert and Bobbie Elliott deserve are long overdue for this honor.

Posted by citybeat on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 01:45am

Hollies UK Albums:

Stay With The Hollies - 1964 (UK No 2)
In The Hollies Style - 1964
Hollies (Parlophone) - 1965 (UK No 8)
Would You Believe ? - 1966 (UK No 16)
For Certain Because... - 1966 (UK No.23)
Evolution - 1967 (UK No 13)
Butterfly - 1967
Hollies Greatest - 1968 (UK No 1)
Hollies Sing Dylan - 1969 (UK No 3)
Hollies Sing Hollies - 1969
Confessions of The Mind - 1970 (UK No 30)
Distant Light - 1971
Hollies Greatest Volume Two - 1972
Romany - 1972
Out On The Road - 1973 ***(Germany & a few other countries only issue)
Hollies (Polydor) - 1974 (UK No 38)
Another Night - 1975
History of The Hollies (EMI Double Album) - 1975
Write On - 1976
Russian Roulette - 1976
Hollies Live Hits - 1977 (UK No 4)
A Crazy Steal - 1978
20 Golden Greats - 1978 (UK No 2)
The Best of The Hollies EP's - 1978 (EP Tracks compilation)
The Other Side of The Hollies - 1978 (Singles 'B' Sides Compilation)
Five Three One Double Seven O Four - 1979
The Air That I Breathe (Polydor Compilation) - 1980
Buddy Holly - 1980
What Goes Around... - 1983
Not The Hits Again - 1986 (Album Tracks compilation)
All The Hits and More - 1988 (UK No 51) (Singles, Album & Unissued Tracks Compilation)
Rarities - 1988
The Air That I Breathe ("Evergreen" CD)- 1993 (UK No 15)
The Best of the Hollies: EMI Centenary Collection - 1996
The Hollies Singles A's & B's: 1970-1979 - 1993
Archive Alive - 1997 ("Reunion With Graham Nash Live Concert Album 1983)
The Hollies at Abbey Road: 1963 to 1966 - 1997
the Hollies at Abbey Road: 1966 to 1970 - 1998
the Hollies at Abbey Road: 1973 to 1989 - 1998
The Hollies Greatest Hits (2CD SET) - 2003 (UK No 21)
The Hollies A's, B's, & EP's (EMI) - 2004
Staying Power - 2006
The Hollies Finest (2CD Set) - 2007
Then, Now, Always - 2009

Plus There have been Many other UK Compilation Albums, Album Re-issues, & CD Sets.

I have never heard of Anna Maria Muhe....

ADDITIONAL Hollies Group members not Listed above Were / Are:

Alan Coates (High Harmony & Lead Vocals & Guitars)- 1981 to 2004
Carl Wayne (Lead & Harmony vocals & Harmonica)- 2000 to 2004
Ray Stiles - 1984 to Present (Bass Guitar & Vocals)
Peter Howarth - 2004 to Present (Lead & Harmony Vocals, Acoustic guitar & Harmonica)
Steve Lauri - 2004 to Present (High Harmony & Lead Vocals & Guitars)
Ian Parker - 1990 to Present (Keyboards & Vocals)
Steve Stroud - 1981 to 1984 (Bass Guitar)
Dennis Haines - 1984 to 1989 (Keyboards)

there were various other Keyboardists: Hans-Peter arnesen, Pete Wingfield, & Dave Carey

Posted by Boz on Tuesday, 09.29.09 @ 03:00am

I'm holding my breath until they get inducted....oh so long overdue.

Posted by Alan on Thursday, 10.1.09 @ 17:13pm

The Hollies

As stated earlier, the Hall of Fame has been frequently accused of trying to hit key demographic areas in their selections each year. Sometimes those choices are easily justified based strictly on the facts and an overflow of qualified artists from rock's first two decades, but too often it seems as if they are simply reaching for a name that will keep a glimmer of interest burning in the eye of a particular segment of longtime audiences. It also could be that the Nominating Committee chooses names that they themselves are more comfortable with from their own musical upbringing as ever more contentious styles of rock - rap, metal, alternative - become eligible as the years go by. The Chantels representing the 50's appears to be such a case this year and the Hollies are the 60's equivalent of that effort on the same ballot. In Graham Nash they have a well-respected figure in their midst, albeit one who was inducted already in the far more qualified Crosby, Stills & Nash. By contrast The Hollies, while admired for their harmonies and possessing a few pleasant hits, were not anywhere near vital enough on the late 60's scene to warrant a nomination above such contemporaries Joe Tex, Paul Revere & the Raiders or The Meters. However, they present a fairly likable and non-controversial alternative to some of the more divisive candidates on the ballot and thus remain a threat for induction despite their falling well short in the objective standards that should be used.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:52pm

Roy sounds like a guy who never listened to anything other than a Hollies greatest hits album. The Hollies were not a "Late 60s band" they released records that charted from 63- 83. Yeah, Joe Tex. heh.

Posted by Steve on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 22:06pm

When in the hell did I call The Hollies a late 60s band?! I did no such thing! I just listed the albums and singles that actually charted.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 22:24pm

I'd say that guy took a "Typical attitude" of one brought up on American Pop & Rock Magazines....

CSN - who spent as MUCH time apart than together after 1969 until the 80's - in fact had nowhere near the International record sales The Hollies have Consistantly achieved since 1963....

The Hollies have topped singles charts around the world...and had regular charting Albums & Compilations worldwide - as that guy above pointed out !

In some countries CSN were (unfairly) in fact regarded as little more than a "Joke" in the 80's & 90's (Britain for one !) tho' in recent times their critical standing has thankfully improved !

Considering that worldwide the Hollies have had more hit singles than CSN(Y), The Byrds, & Buffalo Springfield ALL combined ...I'd say The Hollies certianly DO have a very valid claim to be now inducted....

Many famous Artists have been influenced by them.....and acknowleged it too....

it's only some Snooty Rock writers who look down on them probably as they were NOT ever Controversial (well not known to the Public !)....

...while more than ONE Rock journalist was left Red faced when they "Survived" the Departure of Graham Nash in 1968...after it had been confidently Predicted in the Rock press that they would then fade away....indeed the Hollies had their three BIGGEST hits ("He Ain't Heavy...", "Long Cool Woman" & "The Air That I Breathe") AFTER Graham Nash had gone....

Matching The Beatles in terms of number of Sixties British hits (& In a number of overseas countries too) ....outscoring The Stones, Kinks, Who, in Britain up to 1970...and in a few cases even thereafter...

Plus having MORE USA Chart hits than even the Dave Clark Five (Already Inducted) proves the Hollies were far MORE than just "a few pleasant hits"....

Indeed you could ALSO Equally say that The Beatles had a "Few pleasant hits"....if you were Bigoted...and Prejudiced... enough !

Posted by Dave on Saturday, 10.3.09 @ 03:15am

That bio with the qualifications rating is from Digital Dream Door, not from me.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.3.09 @ 04:39am

Roy...Quit quoting other people and come up with your own commentary. Digital Dream Door doesn't seem to be a very reliable or informed source. Tell everyone here how YOU feel about the nominees.

Also, there's a reason why I rarely make lists. They're usually an exercise in futility trying to second guess the "committee...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.3.09 @ 05:15am

Clarke/Hicks/Nash blend even better than the wonderful Crosby, Stills and Nash. Doesn't that tell you something right there? Some important words to remember to spell right when the Hollies are inducted:


They gotta make it in. So many people have said it better than me.

Posted by Elizabeth on Tuesday, 10.6.09 @ 22:41pm

The Hollies Harmonies have ALWAYS been EACH Incarnation of the Band !

Clarke-Hicks-Nash: "Just One Look","Time For Love","Please Don't Feel Too Bad", "Very Last Day","Stewball","I Can't Let Go", "Crusader","Pay You Back With Interest","Try it", "Dear Eloise","Man With No Expression", "Listen To me", "Say You'll Be Mine", "Let Her Go Down" ....etc

Clarke-Hicks-Sylvester:"Sorry Suzanne", "Don't Give up Easily", "Quit your Low Down Ways","Isn't it Nice ?","I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top", "The Air That I Breathe", "Down on The Run","I'm Down", "Narida", "Be With You","Boulder To Birmingham", "Amnesty","Caracas" etc....

Rickfors-Hicks-Sylvester: "The Baby", "Won't You Feel Good That Morning","Touch", "Magic Woman Touch","Delaware Taggert...","Nearer To You", The Last Wind", "They Don't Realise I'm Down", "If it Wasn't For The Reason..." etc...

Clarke-Hicks-Coates: "Shine Silently", "Stand By Me", "This is it", "Find Me A Family", "Your Eyes", "Purple Rain", "The Woman I Love", etc...

Howarth-Hicks-Lauri: "So Damn Beautiful","Shine on Me", "Emotions", "Weakness","Let Love Pass", "Yesterday's Gone", "Passengers","One Way Ticket", "Too much Too Soon" etc....

If your looking for Examples to refer to....!

Posted by Paul on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 03:30am

Hollies are long overdue. Hope they get in though the hall of fame doesn't mean that much to me.

Posted by Ukulele Wolf on Wednesday, 10.14.09 @ 13:11pm

With some notable enlightened exceptions you can always tell an American attitude towards the Hollies...!

Most Americans DON'T see The Hollies as thay Big or important a band.....(a number of more knowledgable Americans do of course !)

to many Americans The Hollies were "Larecomers2 in the British Invasion....who did a "Few good tunes"...tho' these ranged considerably in style from the Pop of "Bus Stop" & "Carrie Anne" to Psyhecedlia of "King Midas" to Big Ballad of "He Ain't Heavy.." to Rockin' "Long Cool Woman"....all spaced well apart...

This is because The Hollies were NEVER very well managed or Promoted back in the Early Sixties...their USA Records were very poorly promoted by Imperial and later Epic....and it was really only from 1966 onwards The band Toured Extensively in the USA....ALWAYS going down very well with American music fans who saw them !

some prejudiced rock & Pop writers have very inaccurately "Belittled2 & often Dismissed The Hollies too....some appalling website reviews still exist...FULL of errors & inaccuracies re the Group to this day...!

The Hollies were often too Low key in their own promotion too...only Graham Nash was a "more public Hollie"....Allan Clarke & Tony Hicks were rather Quiet modest guys and as a band they never sought the media acclaim or created any noteworthy Press incidents...

They WERE great Friends of The Rolling Stones - See Bill Wyman's book "A Stone Alone" - Allan Clarke & Brian Jones were friends (Andrew Loog Oldham THANKS Hicks & Nash for musical help among others on the cover notes of "Metamorphosis")....and Jimi Hendrix acknowledged their album cover art influence from "Evolution" for the USA sleeve of "Are You Experienced ?"

The Hollies became friends with The Beatles too....Lennon & Nash were mates - the same cover artist - Simon & Marijke who first did "Evolution" then did "Sgt. Pepper" (Both albums released by EMI the same day)

In Britain between 1963 and 1993 The Hollies scored some 32 UK Chart hits....(a 33rd charting single even made No.79 in 1989 too !)

Up to 1970 The Hollies MATCHED The Beatles in terms of Number of UK chart hits - 22 each - The Beatles beginning one year earlier in 1962 - and outscored the number of UK hits of The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks,the Animals, The Small Faces, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, The Moody Blues,
The Searchers & many more British Invasion groups...

Worldwide The Hollies chart success was repeated with MANY overseas chart toppers & big hits with songs NEVER issued as singles in either UK or USA ("That's My Desire" No.1 in South Africa, "Too Young To Be Married", No.1 in Australia, New Zealand etc....)

yet The Hollies have NEVER even had a proper Book devoted to their career...while umpteen FAR LESS SUCCESSFUL Bands have Libraries devoted to them...!!!

Drummers Cozy Powell (Rainbow) & Phil Collins (Genesis) site Hollies Drummer Bobby Elliott as a major influence - Powell said seeing Bobby play "Here I Go Again" in 1964 made him decide to become a drummer !

....Eric Clapton has paid tribute to Tony Hicks guitarwork on "The Air That I Breathe"....

The Searchers covered a Hollies song "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" in 1967 for a Sixties hit...

Elton John played keyboards for them several times and was FIRST Signed up by their gralto Publishing Company...

The Everly Brothers cut a 1966 album full of Hollies composed tracks ( helped by The Hollies themselves, plus Future led Zeppelin men Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - JPJ also played Bass for The Hollies on "Don't Run and Hide" in 1966)

Beach Boy Legend Brian Wilson has paid tribute to the Hollies....

while both Paul Simon & Bruce Springsteen THANKED them for covering their songs "I Am A Rock" (1966) & "Sandy" (1974).

The Late Great Pete Ham of Badfinger was a hollies fan....Pete originally named his Band "The Iveys" in acknowledgement to his favorite vocal Harmony group...Indeed Badfinger's Joey Molland was a school friend of Later Hollies member Terry Sylvester in Liverpool

The Hollies were a Foundation band of C,S,N, (& Y) along with the Byrds & Buffalo Springfield too...

Notice how The Bangles hit "Walk like A Egyptian"(1986) uses the SAME "Alternating lead Vocalists" style as the Hollies featured on their own song "Carrie Anne" back in 1967....and had also used even earlier on their version of Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business" in 1964 !

Fountains of Wayne, The Posies, Dan Fogleberg have also acknowledged the Hollies influence on them...

Allan Clarke & Terry Sylvester also took Guest lead Vocals on The Alan parsons project Albums ("Breakdown" on "I, Robot" & "To One in Paradise2 on "Tales of mystery & Imagination"),,,,while Tony Hicks Produced Taggart's 1974 Album for EMI Records...

Graham Nash has done VAST amounts of work for other artists from The Scaffold ("Lily The Pink" in 1969) to Producing Judee Art Garfunkel...and most recently working with Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame.

The Hollies CONTINUING Career as a recording & Touring Band is LONG overdue Critical Respect & Re-appraisal....and they MUST now Be inducted into the R & R Hall of fame....!

Posted by John on Monday, 10.19.09 @ 05:03am

John, I like the Hollies too & hope they are inducted this year. IMO, you should never use 'King Midas' as a reason for their induction. Not one of their better songs. Sorta 'dittified' song (like the Airplane's 'Plastic Fantastic Lover').

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 10.19.09 @ 07:26am

Yeah that IS only someone's individual opinion...

True "King Midas in Reverse" may have not been one of The Hollies Biggest hits in 1967 - but then the Beatles' "Penny Lane / "Strawberry Fields Forever" FAILED to Top the charts in the UK and both The Stones "Have You Seen Your mother Baby" & The Who's "I Can See For Miles" were both relative Flops by their standards at the time !

However the song IS very Highly regarded by MANY Hollies fans, it was very much Graham Nash's Masterpiece with Big Production going from 12 string guitar intro through basic group accompaniment via woodwinds to full crashing orchestral climax arranged & conducted by Johnny Scott (who later also handled "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother")

The song vocally features Nash...then Nash-clarke building to full "Clarke-Hicks-Nash" Allan Clarke singing a Countrer vocal ("All He Touches Turns to Dust..")

Graham Nash certainly rated the song...he later does a solo version of it on the Extended CD Version of CSN & Y's Live album "Four Way Street" ...which is very warmly received by CSN & Y fans !

An "Unplugged" Acoustic version of the Song was also performed by The Hollies with Graham Nash in their "Reunion" concerts in the early 80's...and appears on the Resulting Live Album "Archive Alive" (Re-issued later as "Reunion") where again the song was warmly received by Hollies fans !

Nash's more complex efforts with this song...his tune with further Musical ideas added by clarke & Hicks...was an attempt to go beyond just Basic Pop songs on singles and to make more ambitious and Deeper Hollies music...clearly influincing The Hollies later "Post Nash" era album tracks such as Tony Hicks' "Confessions of A Mind" etc...

Later Nash referenced this song in his solo track "I Used To Be A King" on his album "Songs For Beginners"

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 10.20.09 @ 04:27am

First off let me say i'm not a rock or pop expert, i am however, a music lover, who just recently found the HOLLIES, and i won't mention their hits, (they should be well know), so i will list just a few of their best unknown songs or songs i never heard before until resently..."She Gives Me Everything I Want"..."Can't Lie No More"..."Heartbeat"..."Take My Love And Run"...'Pegasus"(why DISNEY isn't after this song, has me scratching my head?)..."gasoling Ally Bred"(why NASCAR hasn't come calling, because i know i could make a commercial for that song!)...but two of the best.."Don't Let Me Down'...'Long Dark Road'......a superb band the HOLLIES.......

Posted by sheila on Friday, 10.30.09 @ 13:59pm

This band should have been inducted twenty years ago!!! Now is the time, for the HOF to correct this gross error!!! May the HOLLIES live forever.

Posted by linda on Thursday, 11.5.09 @ 15:53pm

Thought you all might like to know that they're in the hall as of yesterday! Hurrah!

Posted by GreenPig on Saturday, 12.5.09 @ 14:08pm

"Thought you all might like to know that they're in the hall as of yesterday! Hurrah!"


Posted by Bassmaster on Saturday, 12.5.09 @ 16:15pm

Yup, good eh?

Posted by GreenPig on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 00:46am

Got sources?

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 04:35am

Yes he's got sources. Entirely from his head!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 06:15am

Well, I'm not gonna go so far as to call him a liar or deluded... a lot of us who keep up with the politicking involved with the Hall think the Hollies have a good shot... and this is about the time the deadline would most likely have come for votes to be received so they could be counted (and probably re-counted) to determine the five inductees... I'm just curious to know where he got his information.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 09:08am

I would be thrilled if that were the case...I just don't see that info getting leaked.

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 09:17am

It's been getting leaked regularly lately... Wanda Jackson last year (though that ended up being slightly misleading), John Mellencamp the year before that (and the Ventures a day early), Van Halen the year before that... it's becoming a constantly slipping secret.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 09:50am

When is it usually announced? I hope I haven't let the cat out of the bag too early...

Posted by GreenPig on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 12:50pm


Posted by Steve on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 19:24pm

Those aren't "inductees" they're nominees. A bit of a difference

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 19:50pm

Yeah, sorry...someone just sent me that and I read "2010 Inductees"...bad headline, I should have read further. My bad. Sorry.

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 20:01pm

No problem Steve

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.6.09 @ 20:42pm

Has Ed Sullivan ever been nominated in the non-performer category. He as much as anyone else is responsible for bringing RnR into our living rooms. He should be in.

He had a really big shoe

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 15:31pm

Yeah, different articles have said different things... I've seen articles saying it won't be announced until January.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 17:49pm

Does anyone know the answer to the question as to whether Ed Sullivan has ever been nominated?

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.7.09 @ 20:27pm

Can't say I know, Dameon

Posted by Keebord on Tuesday, 12.8.09 @ 11:51am

Well he should be.

Ed Sullivan should be in.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 12.9.09 @ 17:46pm

YES! Long overdue...and the Stooges to's a GREAT day!

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 11:11am

Congratulations to The Hollies ! Well Deserved....!

Also to The Stooges & all the others....! about Bands such as The Moody Blues, The Zombies, Jethro Tull & Chicago next time....?

Posted by Boz on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 11:48am

I'm on the Zombies, Turtles, and Cheap Trick bandwagon now the The Hollies got in...Marc Bolan too!

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 13:08pm


Posted by GreenPig on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 08:11am

You were right.

Posted by Steve on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 08:25am

David Crosby or Stephen Stills will give the induction speech for The Hollies, the same way Jimmy Page gave the induction speech foe Jeff Beck.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 10:44am

That would be an awkward and terrible choice. The Everly's would be a far superior choice.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 18:33pm

OMG...OMG I almost wet myself when I heard the great news!!! Pernonally, I have to give a thumbs down to Crosby and Stills as presenters for our beloved boys. As Steve has already stated it can only be done by......Don and Phil.

Posted by linda on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 23:28pm

Yes -- the Everlys are the perfect presenters. They have crossed paths with the Hollies for years. Can you imagine the hugs on stage?

I have heard that C and S are both as happy as clams for the legendary N, too -- bet they'll be cheering the Hollies on that night.

Posted by Elizabeth on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 10:48am

Nash shouldn't be invited. He was just dragging The Hollies down thru the early years, over-complicating the songwriting and arrangements. If it weren't for Graham Gouldman, they wouldn't made it as far as they did- thank God for that! The biggest, best hits were after his departure... Good Riddance!!!

Posted by Imran Masood on Friday, 01.8.10 @ 16:04pm

You're joking, right? Bus Stop, Look Through Any Window.... all great songs... while I like Long Cool Woman, it sounds like a CCR rip-off.

I'd also wager that Nash's name is part of the reason that they got the votes... the push to make him a Clyde McPhatter Club Member along with Crosby, Stills, and Young had to have been in the mind of many voters.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.8.10 @ 18:00pm

If the great Graham Nash were not integral to the Hollies in the first place, I don't think CROSBY, STILLS and NASH would have existed in the first place. Remember it was the Hollies phenomenon that Crosby and Stills wanted to cherry pick Nash from! The nucleus of the group was Graham and Allan Clarke.

It hurt very badly when the then artistically stifled genius, that then was Nash, left the group, so it is a testament that he had left a solid foundation for the other members to maintain -- it had to be in order to weather the further defection of Allan Clarke. Admittedly the group has never been the same without either of the two friends as a driving force, even if it survived Graham's departure, but you have to admire their staying power.

IMO the main reason that we still hear from CSN after forty years is that Graham Nash has always had a good work ethic, along with the rest of the Hollies. They all know how to build and sustain.

Posted by Elizabeth on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 09:28am

Nash dragging The Hollies down....?

Yeah like Lennon dragged the Beatles down....and Keith Richards dragged the Rolling Stones down...!!!

Some people do speak UTTER RUBBISH !!!

Graham Nash was the DRIVING FORCE Behind The Hollies...a co-founder of the band, he persuaded Tony Hicks to join them in 1963....he got them all into songwriting...and was almost single handedly their PUBLIC face & voice (the other Hollies being quieter guys....all happy for graham to handle all the interviews etc)

Nash "pushed" & promoted his band at every oppertunity...something they badly lacked later, despite them coping well with his departure as a band, indeed going from strength to strength as artists they nevertheless lost that "Driving force" and often simply did not push themselves enough later...drifting off TV (some even think the band broke up in the late seventies !!)

Nash was integral to their original vocal sound, and composed much of their classic original sixties works, both collectively with Clarke & Hicks (as first "Ransford" & later "Clarke-Hicks-Nash") and Individually....

...and he was a key figure in getting their Publishing Company Gralto Music Ltd set up & helped them get their ground breaking "Leasing back" deal re their recordings (hence "A Hollies Recording") which made them far wealthier than they might have otherwise been....

Nash helped set up much in "The Hollies Limited" back in the sixties that continued to serve the band well long after his departure from the band...and STILL does to this day !

Posted by Jim on Sunday, 01.10.10 @ 10:13am

The Comment about Nash dragging The Hollies down is a silly man saying silly things. The Nash years were the Hollies golden years.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Sunday, 01.10.10 @ 21:49pm


The Hollies

Payoff to nominating committee member Steve VanZandt who wouldn't rest until they were in. While they were a solid group boasting great harmonies they were also not among the elite acts to emerge from the British Invasion, being seen as far more lightweight compared to the harder edged groups that country produced. They had a fair number of hits but other comparable artists of that era had more, nor were they at all influential, as their pop-slanted productions seemed more throwbacks to earlier times, while their one notable foray into a more aggressive sound with "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" was simply a straight CCR imitation. That their most prominent member, Graham Nash, is already in the Hall Of Fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash, makes this selection all the more questionable, for surely it is his presence among them that brought them much of their support. Too often the Hall is seen as trying to find an artist to invoke nostalgia from a certain segment of the audience, particularly the 60's, and this year the Hollies are the borderline act inducted to lend further creedence to that charge.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 16:43pm

This comment from Digital Dream Door is so ill informed and clueless, the less said about it, the better. Embarrassing.

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 19:07pm

Hahahaha! I just clicked the Digital Dream Door link...this is the place that has COMICAL best of lists that I post at various hipster music sites...always guaranteed to evoke disgust and laughter!Hahahahaha!

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 19:29pm

'Digital Dream Door', eh? Nash started somewhere, just like Crosby and Stills did. If the Hollies deserve to be dissed then so do the Byrds and the Springfield. On the strength of their hard work alone - a legacy started by Nash - the Hollies earned their place in the Hall long ago. If they had folded when Allan Clarke left that still would have been so.

Posted by Elizabeth on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 15:55pm

Hear hear Elizabeth!

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 19:13pm

The Hollies were a nice little band; but I think they fell short of Hall of Fame standards. There is typically one not-bad-at-all but not-extremely-great pop-rock band in most every class: the Hollies fall into the tradition of the Dave Clark Five, the Rascals, Blondie and many more. That tradition goes all the way back to the charter-member class in 1986: the Everly Brothers made the cut that year.

Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Thursday, 01.28.10 @ 16:27pm

I think we can safely discount anything else Tim Horrigan has to say that involves music.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Thursday, 01.28.10 @ 18:11pm

Yeah, Timothy. 'The Everly Brothers', they suck. Who would put them in the hall?!

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 01.29.10 @ 06:18am

The Everly Brothers don't suck. You're not serious Paul

Posted by Bassmaster on Friday, 01.29.10 @ 07:23am

Bassmaster: Bingo!

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 01.29.10 @ 12:51pm

Happy Birthday, Graham Nash

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 02.2.10 @ 00:22am

Yes happy birthday to the 60s finest rock/pop high harmony singer!

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 02.2.10 @ 19:39pm

This is a fantastic birthday present for Graham Nash - and Allan Clarke, and Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliot.... one could go on and on.

Posted by Elizabeth on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 20:52pm

Its about time The Hollies get inducted!

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 02.27.10 @ 08:31am

I can't believe Tony and Bobby could not rescheduel their London Palladium show to make the induction! This is a fiasco!!

I applaud the choice of Little Steven as the person to induct The Hollies.

Posted by Steve on Saturday, 02.27.10 @ 19:59pm

As of yesterday the great Graham Nash will be singing at the induction, but Maroon 5 will be singing those Hollies classics with him. Terry Sylvester and Bernie Calvert plan to attend, as does Allan Clarke (who is unable to sing these days.)

Posted by Elizabeth on Friday, 03.5.10 @ 20:32pm

Adam and Rob from Fountains of Wayne would have been the best pairing with Graham. I don't know what Bobby and Tony were thinking!

Posted by Steve on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 15:50pm



Bernie Calvert (bass; born September 16, 1943),
Allan Clarke (vocals; born April 15, 1942),
Bobby Elliott (drums; born December 8, 1942),
Eric Haydock (bass; born February 3, 1943),
Tony Hicks (guitar; born September 16, 1943),
Graham Nash (vocals, guitar; born February 2, 1942),
Terry Sylvester (vocals, guitar; born January 8, 1947)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 09:37am

I don't know if anyone else noted this (forgive me if someone did), but with the Hollies induction, all four members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have been inducted twice:

David Crosby: with the Birds and with CS&N

Stephen Stills: with Buffalo Springfield and with CS&N (the only person to be inducted twice in the same year)

Graham Nash: with CS&N and now with the Hollies

Neil Young: as a soloist and with Buffalo Springfield

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 03.13.10 @ 19:23pm

Opinions are like a$$holes, everyone's got one. I'm sorry, but I don't think the Hollies should be if the HOF. They were one of many British invasion bands that shared a sound. Sure, good harmonies. They had some hits. Big woop, The hall of fame is supposed to be a collection of legends, not highlights from various eras. They should hurry up and change the name to "the Recording Industry Hall of Fame" or "Memorable Musicians". I'm not trying to say that the Hollies were bad, that's not my point. But alongside Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Chuck Berry? I just don't see it. You stated your opinion, that was mine. No need to go crazy over it, guys.

Posted by DigitalHater on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 21:21pm

It's okay to be wrong. Evidently those voting for the induction did not agree with you. Cheers. All hail THE HOLLIES!

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 03.16.10 @ 09:13am

Okay... Dave Clark Five, The Hollies... who we got next, Jannie-Baby? Herman's Hermits?

Posted by denyo on Thursday, 03.18.10 @ 10:58am

denyo, 'The Zombies' should be the next (and one of the very last) British Invasion bands inducted.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 03.19.10 @ 06:09am

I've been waiting - for years - for the Hollies and Abba to be inducted, and it's way past due for both groups, given the lesser acts that are already in. Groups that were more popular in England or Europe as these two were, tend to be slower to be admitted compared to those which were more popular in the US, it seems. I am very happy with this year's choices for the RRHOF!!

Posted by James on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 02:03am

Graham, Allan, Bernie and Eric were all delightful to see on Monday night. I only wish Tony and Bobby had been there.

Posted by Elizabeth on Saturday, 03.20.10 @ 22:05pm

Paul...agree on the Zombies.And yes...I'd probably stop there.

Posted by Steve on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 18:20pm

I am glad to see that the hollies finally got into the rock & roll hall of fame----I grew up in the sixties and had a lot of 45's and alburns made by a lott of groups---my sister like elvis and the beattles--I like the hollies and union gap---and the mama's and pappa's --anyway it was great to see them finally get in. gene pitney was also one my faviortes.

Posted by dave on Thursday, 05.20.10 @ 21:19pm

DigitalHater, your opinion is worthless, just like you. Criteria for induction into the HOF doesn't include comparing one band to another. The Hollies were very successful and innovative, and produced a variety of fine musis. Open up your ears and listen.

Denyo: What's it you if the Dave Clark Five and the Hollies are in, and why not Herman's Hermits? The Ventures are also in, is that getting on your nerves, too?

Posted by Vrinda on Monday, 06.7.10 @ 18:39pm

Happy Birthday Graham Nash

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 02.2.11 @ 09:33am

I'm glad the Hollies are in. I just turned 30, but based on my parents' classic radio listening when I was younger, it seemed like every Hollies hit (and those are just the ones in the US) was a different genre. Their harmonies were great, their songwriting excellent, and they were a deserving band on their own merits (to say nothing of comparing them to other British Invasion acts that were inducted long before they were).

Posted by Nathan Albright on Sunday, 07.17.11 @ 10:36am

Terry Sylvester of The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and The Hollies tweeted who he voted for:

01. The Marvelettes
02. The Spinners
03. Bill Withers
04. Lou Reed
05. War

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.2.14 @ 03:59am

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