The Hollies

Greatly Appreciated


The Hollies  are an English rock group known for their pioneering and distinctive three part vocal harmony style.  The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960’s and into the mid 1970’s.  They enjoyed considerable popularity in many countries (at least 60 singles or EPs and 26 albums charting somewhere in the world spanning over five decades), although they did not achieve major US chart success until 1966 with “Bus Stop”.  They are one of the few British pop groups of the early 1960’s that have never officially broken up and continue to record and perform.  In recognition of their achievements, the Hollies were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.  (More from Wikipedia)
It was Stu Sutcliffe who, in January 1960, came up with the name “the Beatals– as a tribute to the name of Buddy Holly’s band the Crickets – so he should rightly be credited with the name we all knew them by, the Beatles.  (Another British band was more direct in their honoring of Buddythe Hollies).   
(June 2012)
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The Beatles debut album Please Please Me was released in England on EMI/Parlophone Records in March 1963, under the direction of Sir George Martin, who turned 87 earlier this month.  Martin had joined EMI in 1950 and oversaw the Parlophone label, which released the early Beatles albums in the UK.  The label also featured several other major acts, including the HolliesCilla Blackand Billy J. Kramer
(January 2013)
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More than a few British rock groups adopted band names in tribute to Buddy Holly.  The Beatles in part took their insect-oriented name from that of his band the Crickets.  One Manchester band of the British Invasion period simply called themselves the Hollies.  Yet another British Invasion band, the Searchers took their name from the John Wayne movie of that name, The Searchers, where the Duke often said, “That’ll be the day”; the catch phrase had been adopted by Buddy Holly as the name of one of his first hits, That’ll Be the Day


(June 2013/1)


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The Rolling Stones were from London, as were the Kinksthe Who and the Yardbirds.  The Animals came from Newcastle, an industrial backwater like Liverpool, though on the opposite coast.  The Hollies were formed in Manchester, though the bandmembers came from East Lancashire.  The Moody Blues were from the Birmingham area; Birmingham, Alabama (one of the first major industrialized cities in the American South) is named for the British city. 


(July 2013)


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The Goldie and the Gingerbreads 1964 recording of “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” made it to #25 in the UK.  Here in this country, Herman’s Hermits released Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat two weeks earlier; the heavy promotion of that song cut them out of the U. S. charts.  After meeting Eric Burdon and the AnimalsGoldie and the Gingerbreads was signed for a European tour, where they performed with the Who’s Who of the British Invasion the Beatles, the Rolling Stonesthe Animals, the Yardbirds, the Holliesthe Kinks, and others. 


(October 2013)


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For their second single, they moved to another EMI label, Parlophone Records (the Beatlesrecord company in Britain) and adopted a more pop-oriented sound reminiscent of another Parlophone band, the Hollies, releasing “I, I, I Want Your Lovin’” b/w “She Only Wants a Friend”.  For the final single by the Sons of Fred for Parlophone in 1966, they went back to R&B for “Baby What You Want Me To Do” b/w “You Told Me”. 


While I, I, I Want Your Lovin’” and “She Only Wants a Friend feature the harmony vocals and intricate guitar that are hallmarks of the Hollies’ sound, the band’s R&B roots are still evident on both songs.  The liner notes on the English Freakbeat, Volume 3 CD (probably by Greg Shaw) says that “their three releases are consistently intense, brilliant R&B ravers”.  The Sons of Fred broke up after Mick Hutchinson and Pete Sears left the band. 


(March 2014/2)


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For some reason, over the years the 1970’s have gotten a reputation as a poor decade for music. (So do the 1950’s, for that matter, even though that is where rock and roll came from). It certainly cannot be because everything sounded the same. Most of the British Invasion bands were still active, from the Rolling Stones, to the Whoto the Kinks, to the Moody Blues, to the Hollies – to this day, even Herman’s Hermits has never broken up. Among the big English bands, only the Beatles and the Animals were gone by the end of the 1960’s.  The top American acts were still going strong as well, and many major stars arrived in the 1970’s. Anyone who says they are a music fan has to be able to find someone, and probably several someones on that list that they like a lot.
(December 2016)
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Dogs from the Hare that Bit Us opens with a cover of a song by the Weirdos called “Solitary Confinement”, and follows that with inimitable covers by the Dickies of a variety of other numbers:  “Easy Livin’” (Uriah Heep), “There’s a Place” (the Beatles), “Nobody but Me” (the Human Beinz), “Can’t Let Go” (the Hollies, and also Linda Ronstadt), “Epistle to Dippy” (Donovan), and others. 
(March 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021