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January 20, 2019

 

 

In 63, The Hollies saw their first UK single at No.25,

when, ‘(Ain’t that) just like me’ arrived on Parlophone,

followed by twenty three more Parlophone singles –

the next being, ‘Searchin’, which made the No.12 slot it’s own.

 

Still in 63, reaching No.8 came ‘Stay’,

and in 64, ‘Just One Look’ climbed to No.2.

Also in 64, ‘Here I Go Again’ made No’4,

and at No.7, ending the year was, ‘We’re Through’.

 

In 65, ‘Yes I Will’ peaked to No.9,

and ‘I’m Alive’ was for three weeks, at No.1.

‘Look Through Any Window’, also in the Top 4,

and ‘If I Needed Someone’, saw another Top 20 won.

 

66 began with ‘I Can’t Let Go’ reaching No.2,

followed by ‘Bus Stop’ at No.5,

And making No.2, ‘Stop, Stop, Stop’ –

the last hit of 66 to arrive.

 

Opening 67, ‘On A Carousel’ climbed to No.4,

and ‘Carrie -Anne’ reached the Top 3.

‘King Midas In Reverse’ came next at No.18.

and in 68, ‘Jennifer Eccles’, at No.7, was to be.

 

Also in 68, ‘Listen To Me’, peaked at No 11,

and in 69, ‘Sorry Suzanne’ made a Top 3  hop.

Closing 69, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, also a Top 3,

and in 70, at No.7, ‘I Can’t Tell The Bottom From The Top’.

 

‘Gasoline Alley Bred’, closed 70, reaching No.14,

And in 71, ‘Hey Willy’ made it to No.22.

In 72, ‘The Baby’ made No.26 – this time on Polydor,

And on Parlophone ‘Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress’, at No.32.

 

In 73, ‘The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee,

saw them back on Polydor making No.24.

Also on Polydor, at No.2 in 74, was ‘The Air That I Breathe’,

And in 80, ‘Soldier’s Song’ made No.8 – for the last time on Polydor.

 

In 81, on EMI, came ‘Holliedaze (Medley)’ at No.28,

and in 88, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ on EMI to No.1 flew.

In 88, ‘The Air That I Breathe’ now on EMI – at No. 60,

and in 93, ‘The Woman I Love’ on EMI – at No.42.

 

RIP    Eric Haydock  1943 – 2019

(Stockport boy, Eric  was founder member and bass guitarist

of The Hollies – one of the most consistent and loved bands of the Sixties.)

 

Thank You for the music.

 

 

 

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