Carrie Anne

"Carrie Anne" is a song written by Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks and released by British pop rock group The Hollies. The song was recorded on 1 May 1967 and was released as a single in the same month by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and Epic Records in the United States. It became a hit in 1967, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a hit in the US and Canada, peaking at #9 on both pop charts. It also reached No. 4 in the Irish charts.

"Carrie Anne"
US Picture Sleeve
Single by The Hollies
B-side"Signs That Will Never Change"
Released26 May 1967 (1967-05-26)[1]
Format7" 45rpm
Recorded1 May 1967 at EMI studios, London[1]
GenrePower pop, pop rock
LabelUK: Parlophone R 5602[1]
US: Epic 10180
Songwriter(s)Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks
Producer(s)Ron Richards
The Hollies singles chronology
"On a Carousel"
"Carrie Anne"
"King Midas in Reverse"

Conception and recording

According to Allan Clarke the song was written during a concert the group did with Tom Jones and the song was written mainly by Graham Nash and Tony Hicks with Allan Clarke supplying the lyrics for the middle eight.[1] The introduction features vocal harmonies strongly influenced by the Beach Boys. In 1995, Graham Nash revealed that he had written the song for Marianne Faithfull but was "too shy" to use her real name.[3] The song features steel drums. The song was recorded in only two takes on 1 May 1967 at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. The first take was a false start and can be heard on the compilation The Hollies at Abbey Road: 1966 to 1970.

The song appeared on the soundtrack of Michael Apted's 1974 movie Stardust.

The song appears in the HBO series The Sopranos episode “Down Neck” (Season 1, Episode 7) during one of Tony’s flashbacks.


Chart (1967) Peak
Australia (Go-Set)[4] 7
West Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Singles Chart)[7] 4
Norway (VG-Lista)[8] 7
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart)[9] 3
United States Billboard Hot 100 9

Cover versions

Actress Carrie-Anne Moss reportedly was named (by her mother) in honour of the song, which was released three months before her birth.


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  2. "Images for Hollies, The – Carrie-Anne". Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  3. Heatley, Michael (23 October 2010). "Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson reveal the muses who inspired some of our most iconic pop songs". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  4. "Go-Set Australian Charts –9 August 1967". Pop Archives. Archived from the original on 29 March 2007. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  5. " – Hollies, The – Carrie Anne". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Carrie Anne". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  7. Steffen Hung. "The Hollies – Carrie Anne". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  8. Steffen Hung. "The Hollies – Carrie Anne". Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  9. "The Hollies – Carrie-Anne". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  10. Roch Parisien (29 August 1995). "Sing Hollies in Reverse - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  11. "Ali Campbell: Dub been good to me". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
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