List of The Hollies members

The Hollies are an English pop/rock band from Manchester. Formed in December 1962, the group originally included vocalist Allan Clarke, lead guitarist Vic Steele, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Graham Nash, bassist Eric Haydock and drummer Don Rathbone. The band has since been through numerous lineup changes, and currently includes lead guitarist and vocalist Tony Hicks, drummer Bobby Elliott (both since 1963), bassist and vocalist Ray Stiles (from 1986 to 1990, and since 1991), keyboardist Ian Parker (since 1991), lead vocalist and guitarist Peter Howarth, and guitarist and vocalist Steve Lauri (both since 2004).

The Hollies in 1965 (top), 2006 (middle) and 2017 (bottom).

History

1962–1981

The Hollies were formed in Autumn 1962 by childhood friends Allan Clarke (lead vocals, harmonica) and Graham Nash (rhythm guitar, vocals), who enlisted lead guitarist Vic Steele, bassist Eric Haydock and drummer Don Rathbone for the original lineup.[1] In February 1963, Steele decided he did not want to be a professional musician and left the band, who replaced him with Tony Hicks from Ricky Shaw and the Dolphins.[2] After the group released their first two singles – "(Ain't That) Just Like Me" and "Searchin'" – Rathbone was replaced in August by another Dolphins member, Bobby Elliott.[3] The lineup of Clarke, Nash, Hicks, Haydock and Elliott remained stable for almost three years, releasing Stay with The Hollies and In The Hollies Style in 1964, Hollies in 1965 and Would You Believe? in 1966.[4]

In early 1966, Haydock refused to attend recording sessions due to a dispute with the band's management over earnings.[5] He was replaced in July by Bernie Calvert,[6] another former bandmate of Hicks and Elliott who had earlier filled in for Haydock on a European tour and the recording of "Bus Stop".[7] After a string of successful releases, Nash left The Hollies on 7 December 1968 to relocate to Los Angeles, California and form Crosby, Stills & Nash with former Byrds member David Crosby and former Buffalo Springfield member Stephen Stills.[8] Terry Sylvester left The Swinging Blue Jeans to take Nash's place the following month.[9] Clarke remained only until November 1971, when he was replaced by Swedish singer Mikael Rickfors after leaving to pursue a solo career.[10] Clarke returned in June 1973.[11]

Beginning in 1974, The Hollies toured with a sixth member on keyboards. First in the role was prolific session contributor Pete Wingfield, who remained a member of the touring lineup for three years.[12] He also contributed to the albums Hollies, Write On, A Crazy Steal and Five Three One - Double Seven O Four.[13] Later touring keyboardists included Paul Bliss,[14] and Hans-Peter Arnesen, who recorded parts for A Crazy Steal and more.[15] In March 1978, Clarke suddenly left the band for a second time; Sylvester took over as lead vocalist, before Clarke returned that August.[14]

1981–2000

In May 1981, both Calvert and Sylvester left The Hollies after they began working with new producer Bruce Welch, rhythm guitarist of The Shadows. Speaking about the event, Calvert noted he was left out of a recording session by Welch, after which he decided to leave following a phone call from Sylvester, who informed him of his intention to quit.[14] Sylvester has recalled that he made his decision after an argument within the band, caused by a vote to stop working with long-time manager Robin Britten, with which he disagreed.[14] Sylvester left first, with Calvert following a few days later.[11] Clarke, Hicks and Elliott continued recording with a number of session musicians, including keyboardist Brian Chatton on their next single "Take My Love and Run" and bassist Alan Jones on its B-side "Driver".[16]

The remaining Hollies reunited with original members Graham Nash and Eric Haydock in September 1981 for an appearance on Top of the Pops promoting "Holliedaze".[11] The following month, it was confirmed that Nash would remain with the group for a new studio album.[17] Recording for What Goes Around... began in March the next year, wrapping up by February 1983.[16] The four-piece lineup toured in promotion of the album,[18] with guitarist Alan Coates, bassist Steve Stroud, and keyboardists Bliss and Arnesen joining them for the performances.[19] After the conclusion of the tour, Nash left, Coates and Stroud were made permanent members, and Denis Haines joined on keyboards.[11] The new lineup released their first single, "Too Many Hearts Get Broken", on Columbia Records in May 1985.[20]

Ray Stiles replaced Stroud in the spring of 1986, debuting with the band in June.[21] The following year saw the release of "This Is It" and "Reunion of the Hearts",[22][23] and in 1988 the band registered on the German charts with "Stand by Me" and "Shine Silently".[14] Stroud returned alongside new keyboardist Dave Carey in 1990 for a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain", although by the next year the pair had been replaced by Stiles and Ian Parker, respectively.[16][24] The lineup remained constant throughout the 1990s, releasing "The Woman I Love" and "Nothing Else But Love" in 1993,[25][26] recording a new version of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" with the cast of Coronation Street in 1995,[16] and contributing a recording of "Peggy Sue Got Married" to Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly) in 1996.[27]

2000 onwards

After retiring from touring at the end of the previous year, Allan Clarke left The Hollies in March 2000, leaving Hicks and Elliott the only 'classic lineup' members remaining.[28] He was replaced by Carl Wayne, former frontman of The Move.[29] Wayne's only recording with the band was "How Do I Survive", which was released on the 2003 compilation album Greatest Hits, before he died on 31 August 2004 of oesophageal cancer.[30] According to the band's official website, "It was Carl's wish for The Hollies Autumn Tour to go ahead"; accordingly, Peter Howarth took his place.[31] Coates chose to leave The Hollies shortly after Wayne's death, with Steve Lauri brought in as his replacement.[32] The band has since released two new studio albums: Staying Power in 2006 and Then, Now, Always in 2009.[33][34]

Members

Current

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tony Hicks 1962-present
  • lead guitar
  • banjo
  • mandolin
  • sitar
  • backing vocals
all Hollies releases to date
Bobby Elliott
  • drums
  • percussion
all Hollies releases from "Stay" (1963) onwards
Ray Stiles
  • 1986–1990
  • 1991–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Ian Parker 1991–present
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • "Nothing Else But Love" (1993)
  • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (1995)
  • "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1996)
  • "How Do I Survive" (2003)
  • all releases from Staying Power (2006) onwards
Peter Howarth 2004–present
  • lead vocals
  • acoustic guitar
all Hollies releases from Staying Power (2006) onwards
Steve Lauri
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals

Former

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Allan Clarke
  • 1962–1971
  • 1973–1978
  • 1978–2000
  • lead vocals
  • harmonica
  • rhythm guitar
all Hollies releases from "(Ain't That) Just Like Me" (1963) to Distant Light (1971), and from "The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee" (1973) to "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1996)
Graham Nash
  • 1962–1968
  • 1981–1983
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing and additional lead vocals
  • all Hollies releases from "(Ain't That) Just Like Me" (1963) to "Listen to Me" (1968)
  • "Wings" (1969)
  • What Goes Around... (1983)
  • "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1996)
Eric Haydock 1962–1966
(died 2019)
bass
Don Rathbone 1962–1963 drums
Vic Steele lead guitar none
Bernie Calvert 1966–1981
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • "Bus Stop" (1966)
  • all Hollies releases from For Certain Because (1966) to "Holliedaze" (1981)
Terry Sylvester 1969–1981
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing and additional lead vocals
all Hollies releases from "Sorry Suzanne" (1969) to "Holliedaze" (1981), except "Wings" (1969)
Mikael Rickfors 1971–1973
  • lead vocals
  • harmonica
  • rhythm guitar
  • "The Baby" (1972)
  • Romany (1972)
  • "Magic Woman Touch" (1972)
  • Out on the Road (1973)
Alan Coates 1983–2004
(touring 1981–83)
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
  • all Hollies singles from "Too Many Hearts Get Broken" (1985) to "The Woman I Love" (1993)
  • "Nothing Else But Love" (1993)
  • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (1995)
  • "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1996)
  • "How Do I Survive" (2003)
Steve Stroud
  • 1983–1986
  • 1990–1991
    (touring 1981–83)
bass
  • "Too Many Hearts Get Broken" (1985)
  • "This Is It" (1987) – B-sides only
  • "Purple Rain" (1990)
Denis Haines 1983–1990 keyboards all Hollies singles from "Too Many Hearts Get Broken" (1985) to "Baby Come Back" (1989)
Dave Carey 1990–1991 "Purple Rain" (1990)
Carl Wayne 2000–2004
(until his death)
lead vocals "How Do I Survive" (2003)

Touring

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Pete Wingfield 1974–1977
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
Wingfield began touring with The Hollies after the release of their 1974 self-titled album, remaining until 1977.[12]
Paul Bliss
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1983
  • 1991
Bliss performed keyboards on a number of Hollies tours, as well as contributing to several studio albums.[35][19]
Hans-Peter Arnesen
  • 1978–1979
  • 1982–1983
Arnesen recorded for several albums and performed on multiple tours alongside Wingfield and Bliss.[15][19]
Jamie Moses
  • 1983
  • 1986
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing vocals
Moses temporarily replaced Coates during shows in New Zealand in 1983, and later in Europe in 1986.[36]
John Miles 1999 lead vocals Miles replaced Clarke, who was unavailable due to a family illness, for a run of three shows in March 1999.[37]
Ian Harrison
  • 2003
  • 2004
Harrison replaced Wayne for one show on 24 January 2003,[38] and again for another on 21 August 2004.[39]

Timeline

Lineups

Period Members Albums and EPs Singles and B-sides
December 1962 – February 1963 none
February – August 1963
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Graham Nash – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Eric Haydock – bass
  • Don Rathbone – drums
  • "(Ain't That) Just Like Me" (1963)
  • "Searchin'" (1963)
  • "Now's the Time" (1963) ("Stay" B-side)
August 1963 – July 1966
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Graham Nash – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Eric Haydock – bass
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
July 1966 – December 1968
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Graham Nash – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
January 1969 – November 1971
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Terry Sylvester – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
November 1971 – June 1973
  • Mikael Rickfors – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Terry Sylvester – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Romany (1972)
  • Out on the Road (1973)
  • "The Baby" (1972)
  • "Magic Woman Touch" (1972)
June 1973 – August 1978
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Terry Sylvester – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
August – September 1978
  • Terry Sylvester – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
none
September 1978 – May 1981
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Terry Sylvester – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Calvert – bass, keyboards
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • 5317704 (1979)
  • Buddy Holly (1980)
  • "Soldier's Song" (1980)
  • "Holliedaze" (1981)
May – September 1981
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
none
October 1981 – October 1983
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Graham Nash – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • What Goes Around... (1983)
  • "Musical Pictures" (1983)
    ("Stop in the Name of Love" B-side)
Late 1983 – spring 1986
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Steve Stroud – bass
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Denis Haines – keyboards
none
  • "Too Many Hearts Get Broken" (1985)
  • "You Gave Me Strength" (1987) ("This Is It" B-side)
Spring 1986 – early 1990
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ray Stiles – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Denis Haines – keyboards
none
  • "This Is It" (1987)
  • "Reunion of the Heart" (1987)
  • "Stand by Me" (1988)
  • "Shine Silently" (1988)
  • "Find Me a Family" (1989)
  • "Baby Come Back" (1989)
Early 1990 – September 1991
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Steve Stroud – bass
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Dave Carey – keyboards
none
September 1991 – March 2000
  • Allan Clarke – vocals, harmonica, guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ray Stiles – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Ian Parker – keyboards
  • 30th Anniversary Collection: 1963–1993 (1993)
    (new song "Nothing Else But Love")
  • "The Woman I Love" (1993)
March 2000 – August 2004
  • Carl Wayne – vocals
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ray Stiles – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Ian Parker – keyboards
  • Greatest Hits (2003)
    (new song "How Do I Survive")
none
September – October 2004
  • Peter Howarth – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Alan Coates – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ray Stiles – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Ian Parker – keyboards
none
October 2004 – present
  • Peter Howarth – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Tony Hicks – lead guitar, vocals
  • Steve Lauri – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ray Stiles – bass, vocals
  • Bobby Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Ian Parker – keyboards
  • Staying Power (2006)
  • Then, Now, Always (2009)
  • Live Hits! We Got the Tunes (2013)
  • 50 at Fifty (2014)
    (new song "Skylarks")
none

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