The Hollies are a British rock group, formed in the early sixties, had the hits 'He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother' and 'Searchin’'. Formed in the early 1960s, the band have gone through line up changes but remain one of few bands from the ‘British Invasion’ era, alongside the likes of The Beatles, The Kinks, Manfred Mann, Rolling Stones and Steeleye Span, who still record and tour today.
The Hollies were the third most successful British 'singles' group of the 1960s, scoring twenty UK Top 40 singles between 1963 and 1969, following The Shadows and The Beatles. However, despite their numerous chart placings, the band only reached number one once in the UK , with 1965 single 'I’m Alive'.
Following guitarist Graham Nash’s departure in 1968, when he went on to form the original ‘supergroup’ Crosby, Stills and Nash with Stephen Stills and ex Byrds singer David Crosby, Terry Sylvester joined The Hollies and saw continued success, with Sylvester proving a more than an adequate replacement.
The band have continued to tour steadily since, continuing to capitalise on their 1960s heyday, even though singles throughout the 70s and 80s failed to chart. In 2009 the band were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Members include Bernie Calvert (born on September 16, 1942, in Lancashire, England), drums; Allan Clarke (born on April 5, 1942, in Lancashire, England; left group temporarily, 1972), lead vocals; Bobby Eliott (born on December 8, 1942, in Lancashire, England), bass guitar; Eric Haydock, drums; Tony Hicks (born on December 16, 1945, in Lancashire, England), lead guitar; Graham Nash (born on February 2, 1942, in Blackpool, England; left group, 1968), songwriting, guitar; Don Rathbone, bass guitar; Terry Sylvester (born on January 8, 1947, in Liverpool, England), vocals, guitar.
Source: Susan Salter
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