One of the most commercially successful rivals to the Beatles' throne in the 60s, The Hollies have also enjoyed one of the longest careers of any of the British Invasion groups. Led initially by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash, the group enjoyed a string of superlative hit singles during the mid-60s. Characterized by the beautiful harmonies of Clarke, Nash and Tony Hicks, songs such as I'm Alive, Look Through Any Window, I Can't Let Go and Bus Stop remain among the greatest singles of the era. In the late 60s the group edged uncertainly towards a more progressive style in tune with the times, a situation that frustrated Nash and after a Dylan covers album it led to his departure to join the (soon to be) super group Crosby, Stills And Nash. The Hollies continued to enjoy major hits into the mid-70s, notably with the classic rock radio staples He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother and The Air That I Breathe. Later decades saw them treading the oldies circuit, although Clarke announced his retirement in 2000.
Followers: Procol Harum, Badfinger, Shocking Blue
Influenced By: The Everly Brothers, The Coasters, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley...