The Hollies

The Hollies
United Kingdom
English Rock Group

They stood alongside the Beatles as one of Britain’s greatest ever groups. Hits include “The air that I breathe”, “He ain’t heavy”  – still touring.

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 1960s (231 weeks on the UK singles charts during the 1960s; the 9th highest of any artist of the decade) and into the mid 1970s. It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nashin late 1962 as a Merseybeat type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns north of there. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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”. The Hollies had over 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, with major hits on both sides of the Atlantic that included “Just One Look”, “Look Through Any Window”, “Bus Stop”, “I Can’t Let Go”, “On a Carousel”, “Stop Stop Stop”, “Carrie Anne”, “Jennifer Eccles”, and later “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” and “The Air That I Breathe”.

They are one of the few British pop groups of the early 1960s 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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In 2010, the Hollies were included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band members inducted were Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash, Eric Haydock, Bobby Elliott, Bernie Calvert and Terry Sylvester.

It was announced that the band would be reuniting with Graham Nash and Allan Clarke for a live performance at the induction ceremony. However, the current incarnation of the band (with HOF inductees Hicks and Elliott) was unable to reschedule a performance in London to attend. The Hollies were represented at the RRHOF ceremony by Clarke, Nash, Sylvester, Haydock and Calvert. Sixty years after first singing together, Allan Clarke and Graham Nash gave a reunion performance consisting of “Bus Stop”, “Carrie Anne” (accompanied by Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5), and “Long Cool Woman” (accompanied by Steve Van Zandt on guitar and Pat Monahan from Train with a cameo appearance by Sylvester on vocals).

Current Members

  • Tony Hicks – guitars, backing vocals, banjo, mandolin, bass, sitar, keyboards (1963 to present)
  • Bobby Elliott – drums (1963 to present)
  • Ray Stiles – bass, backing vocals (1986 to present)
  • Ian Parker – keyboards, woodwinds, backing vocals (1991 to present)
  • Peter Howarth – lead vocals, guitar (2004 to present)
  • Steve Lauri – guitar, backing vocals (2004 to present)