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Wednesday 11/2/22 11am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Hollies – Greatest Hits (1973)

The Hollies’ Greatest Hits is a compilation of singles by the Hollies, released on Epic Records in April 1973. It includes hit singles by the group on both the Epic and Imperial labels over a time span of 1965 to 1972. It spent seven weeks on the Billboard 200 charts, peaking at number 156.

The group’s work was initially released on Imperial Records in the United States, then a subsidiary of Liberty Records, until the latter merged with United Artists Records and the Imperial imprint was discontinued. In 1967, the Hollies signed with Epic in the U.S., and this compilation appeared six years after the group’s previous, featuring hits for Epic as well as several from the Imperial period.

Since the group did not figure prominently on the American singles chart until late 1965, this compilation misses songs that had been big hits for the Hollies in the United Kingdom such as “Stay,” “Here I Go Again,” and “I’m Alive.” The album consists of every Top 40 hit enjoyed by the band in the United States with the exception of the number 40 hit “Jennifer Eccles” from 1968 and their cover of “Stop! In the Name of Love” from 1983. Nine of the tracks feature founding member Graham Nash during his tenure in the band through 1968. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” and “Long Dark Road” were all released on Epic after his departure.

  1. “Bus Stop” 2:53
  2. “Carrie Anne” 2:53
  3. “Stop Stop Stop” 2:50
  4. “Look Through Any Window” 2:16
  5. “Dear Eloise” 3:03
  6. “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” 3:16
  7. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” 4:19
  8. “Just One Look” 2:28
  9. “King Midas in Reverse” 3:05
  10. “Pay You Back with Interest” 2:40
  11. “Long Dark Road” 4:19
  12. “On a Carousel” 3:13

Allan Clarke — vocals, harmonica, guitar
Tony Hicks — lead guitar, banjo, vocals
Bobby Elliott — drums
Bernie Calvert — bass all tracks except “Look Through Any Window” and “Just One Look”
Graham Nash — vocals, rhythm guitar on “Bus Stop,” “Carrie Anne,” “Stop Stop Stop,” “Look Through Any Window,” “Dear Eloise,” “Just One Look,” “King Midas in Reverse,” “Pay You Back with Interest,” and “On a Carousel”
Terry Sylvester — rhythm guitar, vocals on “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” “Long Dark Road,” and “The Air That I Breathe”
Eric Haydock — bass on “Look Through Any Window” and “Just One Look”

Thursday 12/16/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: The Hollies

The Hollies are a British pop rock group formed in 1962. One of the leading British groups of the 1960s and into the mid 1970s, they are known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. Allan Clarke and Graham Nash founded the band as a Merseybeat-type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns further north in East Lancashire. Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form Crosby, Stills & Nash.

They enjoyed considerable popularity in many countries (with at least 60 singles or EPs and 26 albums charting somewhere in the world, spanning over five decades), although they did not achieve major US chart success until “Bus Stop” was released in 1966. The Hollies had over 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Hollies are one of the few UK groups of the early 1960s, along with the Rolling Stones, who have never disbanded and continue to record and perform. In recognition of their achievements, the Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.