The Hollies

The Hollies

The Hollies promo photo [Bonici Archives]

The Hollies promo photo [Bonici Archives]

Graham Nash: “Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life”
Hollies medley:
Contract to bring The Hollies to Scotland in ’64 [Albert Bonici booked acts through Cana Variety Agency [London]. The day that the Hollies were scheduled to perform in Scotland was 6 June 1964, the same day their first EP was released though the band didn’t perform at Elgin Town Hall until 9 July of that year though they returned to the north of Scotland in October ’64 and again in ’65. The_Hollies_EP

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“The Hollies is the first EP by The Hollies. It was put out by Parlophone in mono with the catalogue number GEP 8909 and released in the UK in early June 1964. The EP entered the British charts on 6 June 1964 and spent 8 weeks there, peaking at #8 on the Record Retailer chart.” More photos at

Band originals “What Kind of Love” and “When I’m Not There” were not previously released on an album or single while the covers of “Whatcha Gonna Do ‘Bout It” and “Rockin’ Robin” were previously released on the band’s debut album, Stay with the Hollies.” Like a lot of long-lived creative endeavors, The Hollies’ history began by chance, in this case, five-year-old Allan Clarke’s arrival as a new student one day at the Ordsall Primary School in Manchester, England in 1947.Harold Allan Clarke was born April 5, 1942 in Salford, one of six children. He made the acquaintance of five-year-old Graham Nash (born February 2, 1942) on his first day at school, when Nash was the only student to volunteer to let Clarke sit next to him in class. The two became friends then and there, and it turned out that one of the interests they shared was music. They both sang in choir, joining their voices together for the first time in “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” and it was from there that the notion of their singing together took root…  “We didn’t know what hit when skiffle came along,” Clarke observed. “We all wanted to be rock ‘n’ roll stars, and skiffle was one way to start, because it was all based on the easiest chords to play, A, D, G, and C, and we loved the songs. Graham and I played clubs in Manchester, doing an Everly Brothers-type thing. The Everly Brothers were our real inspiration, because of the two-part harmonies.” Clarke and Nash billed themselves as Ricky and Dane Young (Clarke was Ricky and Nash was Dane), hoping to be taken for a brother act. They later played with The Fourtones followed by The Deltas out of which The Hollies were formed.   As the group were fans of Buddy Holly, it is likely that he inspired their band name at the end of 1962. “The band’s first gig as The Hollies took place at the Oasis Club in Manchester in December 1962, and was a great success.”

Here’s a video snippets with Hollies band members…

Interview with Graham Nash



My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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2 comments on “The Hollies
  1. scotbeat says:

    In the early 1960s Graham Nash [of Crosby, Stills, and Nash] was co-founder with schoolfriend Allan Clarke of The Hollies. Nash was a leading member of The Hollies, one of the UK’s most successful pop and British Invasion groups. Credited on the first album as ‘Group Leader’ and recognised as a key member of the group, plus their public spokesman, he occasionally took a lead vocal. Nash was featured vocally on ‘Just One Look’ in 1964, and sang his first lead vocal on the original Hollies song ‘To You My Love’ on the band’s second album In The Hollies Style (1964).

  2. Harrison Dills says:

    Graham Nash is still doing tours with Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

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