Jennifer Eccles

"Jennifer Eccles" is a 1968 single by The Hollies. It was released with the B-side Open Up Your Eyes on the Parlophone label, Catalogue number R5680. The song reached #7 on the UK singles chart in March 1968. Around the same time, it was released in the US with a different B-side, "Try It", and reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by members of the band with input from their wives and the title is a combination of their names (Allan Clarke's wife Jennifer née Bowstead and Graham Nash's wife Rose née Eccles) and after criticism of "King Midas in Reverse" and was a return to the popular format that had been commercially successful though not necessarily lyrically sophisticated.

"Jennifer Eccles"
Single by The Hollies
  • UK: "Open Up Your Eyes"
  • US: "Try It"
Released22 March 1968 (UK)
Recorded3 & 22 February 1968
StudioChappell's & EMI Studios, London[1]
Length2:40 (album version)
3:04 (single version)
LabelUK: Parlophone R5680
US/Can: Epic 10298
Songwriter(s)Graham Nash
Allan Clarke
Producer(s)Ron Richards
The Hollies singles chronology
"King Midas in Reverse"
"Jennifer Eccles"
"Listen to Me"

Jennifer Eccles (who had "terrible freckles") also features in the song "Lily the Pink" by The Scaffold; the reference is an in-joke, as Graham Nash, who left the Hollies in December 1968, sang backing vocals on this recording; Nash had been married to Rose Eccles from 1964 until 1966.[2]


Chart (1968) Peak
Australia (Go-Set)[3] 10
Austria (Austrian Singles Chart)[4] 5
Canada (RPM Magazine) 19
West Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Singles Chart)[6] 17
Norway (VG-Lista)[7] 5
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart)[8] 7
Billboard Hot 100[9] 40

Other versions


  2. "Lily The Pink by The Scaffold". Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  3. "Go-Set Australian Charts –22 May 1968". Pop Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  4. Steffen Hung. "The Hollies - Jennifer Eccles". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  5. " – Hollies, The – Jennifer Eccles". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. Steffen Hung. "The Hollies - Jennifer Eccles". Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  7. Steffen Hung. "The Hollies - Jennifer Eccles". Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  8. "The Hollies - Carrie-Anne". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  9. Jennifer Eccles at AllMusic

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