The Hollies began as Ricky & Dane Young, a duo comprised of Allan Clarke and Graham Nash. After teaming with another British act, The Fourtones, they played the Oasis Club in Manchester in December 1962. The Yuletide decorations there – plus their collective love of Buddy Holly music – lead the new group to redub themselves The Hollies.
A few weeks later at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, The Hollies were spotted by Parlophone Records’ Ron Richards, who would remain their producer until 1976. Their first British hits were mostly covers, but The Hollies, known for their bright vocal harmonies, soon found themselves scoring with their own material plus new tunes written for them by Graham Gouldman of The Mindbenders. His “Bus Stop” became The Hollies’ first major U.S. hit in 1966. They would land on the Hit Parade more than two dozen more times through 1983 with such singles as “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” “Carrie-Anne,” “Pay You Back With Interest,” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Dark Road,” “The Air That I Breathe” and group’s all-time greatest hit, 1972’s “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress).”
Graham Nash left in 1968 after the band rejected a bubblegum song he had written which he felt had potential. Nash was proven right when his next group, Crosbv, Stills & Nash, made “Marrakesh Express” their debut hit. Despite other personnel changes over the years, The Hollies have never officially broken up.
In 2009 the Hollies were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.