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The Hollies

The Hollies is a British rock band, formed in 1962 and still in business. He enjoyed great success in the 1960s with singles like I'm Alive, Stop Bus, Look Through Any Window or Stop Stop Stop, and is the third largest British record seller for this decade, behind the Rolling Stones and Beatles.

Graham Nash, founding member, later became one of the singers of the American group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

In Salford, Lancashire, Graham Nash and Allan Clarke, childhood friends, play in pubs like the Everly Brothers. A Manchester manager, Ron Richards, notices their talent and hires them. Quickly, this manager advises them to become a "band" like most groups that amount to the time. In 1962, several Manchester bands will provide the rhythmic part to future Hollies: Eric Haydock on bass and Bobby Elliott on drums, then Tony Hicks on solo guitar. At the beginning of 1963, Hollies' name was definitively adopted. The same year, the band signs with Parlophone, the label of the Beatles.

From the start of their professional career, the Hollies have been hugely successful in the UK: Searchin '(n> 12) and Stay (n> 8) in 1963, Just One Look (n> 2) and Here I Go Again ( n> 4) in 1964. At the end of the year, their album Stay with the Hollies is number 2 on the UK charts. The group develops a particular sound: a guitar with clear and limpid sound, high pitched vocal harmonies and a very fast rhythmic part. The next album, In the Hollies Style confirms their production licked. Although once again, the singles of the album reach highs, the album does not enter the charts.

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