The Hollies were huge in the 60’s and, in fact, were part of the first British Invasion. I think people, especially those in the last couple generations, have forgotten that … if they ever knew it at all.
Formed in Manchester, England, the group made a name for themselves through their tight vocal harmonies. Between 1963 and 1968, Graham Nash was a driving force in their success. He left due to a growing dissatisfaction with their live shows being drowned out by screaming fans and went on to form Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Still the Hollies soldiered through and didn’t miss a beat. In fact, The Hollies are one of the few first generation British Invasion bands (along with The Rolling Stones and The Searchers) to have never broken up. They continue to record and tour to this day and were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
The British Invasion series is a wonderful offering from Eagle Rock Entertainment. The first series concentrated on The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, Gerry & the Pacemakers and Herman’s Hermits. The Hollies: “Look Through Any Window (1963 – 1975)” starts part two and has been issued on DVD with the full cooperation of the band.
According to their website, it’s the first official documentary film of the legendary British group, documenting 22 full-length television performances filmed at the time the songs were hitting the charts. Between performances, original band members Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott share their history. A nice bonus feature is access to the complete performances of the songs without interviews. There’s also a nifty 10-minute stretch of footage of the band recording “On A Carousel” in Abbey Road Studios in 1967, which features Nash, Clarke and Hicks singing their vocal parts without the musical bed. Amazing.