There are so many interesting stories that never get told about musical groups and it’s silly that in this time and age we have to depend on a machine to tell us things that might not be correct at all. In this case the band The “Hollies”, it is them and the Rolling Stones which are one of the few bands that have never disbanded and continue to record and perform.
The Hollies in1961 were known as the Four Tones, then the Deltas and finally the Hollies. On April 16-23 of 1965 they made their first visit to America and by September 18 they began their first U.S. tour in Chicago along side the Yardbirds. On September 17,1965 the song “Bus Stop” is the groups U.S. break through song and hits #5.
Almost 2 years in the writing and finished during rehearsals at a TV studio the song is finally finished, “Carrie Anne” hits #3 in the U.K. Buy June the 25th 1969the group records “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” with Elton John on piano, by 1970 that song hits U.S. # 7 and sells a million copies.
On September of 1972 their album “Distant Light” makes U.S. #21 and the song “Long cool woman in a black dress”, a Creedence Clearwater Revival-styled is released as a single and hits #2 and earns the Hollies another gold disc for over a million copies sold.
By August of 1974 “The air that i breath” hits U.S. # 6 and becomes another million seller, collecting yet another gold disc. But then just like a lot of musical groups, the Hollies also suffered their part downfall as they were ripped off by their manager Michael Cohen and the Hollies were nearly bankrupt. Although there is very little scandal in the Hollies biography and people would think that there is nothing worth while talking about, Alllan Clarke really had a very serious drinking problem and went into rehab in 1979.
We’ll find out how a 19 year old Jewish kid who had written already 3 songs for the Yardbirds, came up with a hit song for the Hollies.
Find out more on the “Hollies” as we feature them as Artist of the Month on KWMC 1490 AM ‘Classic Hits Station” and the Little Red Rooster Show. And of course all information and known and unknown facts about the artist of the month are by Wendy Johnson and all shows are entirely produced and managed by Javier Martinez Sr.