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[[caption-width-right:350:The 60s-era lineup. Clockwise from left: Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Bernie Calvert, Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott]]
->''"This is station management with an announcement. I wish to apologize for the disc jockey calling that song, which is, ĎA Long Cool Woman in a Black Dressí by The Hollies, as ĎA Long Black Woman in a Cool Dressí and ask forgiveness of any of our listeners who were offended. In cooperation with our friends in the music industry, the disc jockey who made those remarks has been properly disciplined and wonít be returning. For that reason, we recommend you do not eat any hamburger processed this week. We take music ''very'' seriously here. All the best music, KFVD, Los Angeles."''
-->--'''''Literature/InstrumentOfGod'''''


The Hollies are an English rock and roll group, formed in [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Manchester]] in the early [[TheSixties 1960s]]. Named after Music/BuddyHolly, they became known for their their distinctive vocal harmony style, courtesy of lead vocalist Allan Clarke, and guitarist/vocalists Graham Nash and Tony Hicks, with Terry Sylvester taking over Nash's end of the harmonies after the latter departed the band. Though the Hollies didn't quite achieve the same level of success as their contemporaries Music/TheBeatles and Music/TheRollingStones, they had a wide variety of hit singles in their native England and enjoyed some success internationally. They had a few hits in the United States, but they are perhaps best known in that country for being the group that Graham Nash was in prior to Crosby, Stills, and Nash. The Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Well-known Hollies songs include "Here I Go Again", "I'm Alive", "Look Through Any Window", "Bus Stop", "Stop! Stop! Stop!", "Carrie-Anne", "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", and "The Air That I Breathe".

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!!Discography:

* ''Stay with the Hollies'' (1964)
* ''In the Hollies Style'' (1964)
* ''Hollies'' (1965)
* ''Would You Believe?'' (1966)
* ''For Certain Because'' (1966)
* ''Evolution'' (1967)
* ''Butterfly'' (1967)
* ''Hollies Sing Dylan'' (1969)
* ''Hollies Sing Hollies'' (1969)
* ''Confessions of the Mind'' (1970)
* ''Distant Light'' (1971)
* ''Romany'' (1972)
* ''Out on the Road'' (1973)
* ''Hollies'' (1974)
* ''Another Night'' (1975)
* ''Write On'' (1976)
* ''Russian Roulette'' (1976)
* ''A Crazy Steal'' (1978)
* ''5317704'' (1979)
* ''Buddy Holly'' (1980)
* ''What Goes Around'' (1983)
* ''Staying Power'' (2006)
* ''Then, Now, Always'' (2009)

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!!Associated Tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: ''A Crazy Steal'' takes its title from a line in "Hello to Romance".
* ArtisticLicenseShips: "Row the Boat Together" features a man from Tokyo who claims that he "used to handle a junk back home". Junks were Chinese, not Japanese.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: After lead singer Allan Clarke left the band in 1971, they hired an unknown Swedish singer named Mikael Rikfors to replace him. Rikfors was solid in the studio, but live shows were another matter. Rikfors completely lacked Clarke's charisma on stage, and his sound was so different from Clarke's that when the band tried to play their old hits, the results sounded strange and awkward. The albums recorded with Rikfors are highly regarded, but were commercial failures that sounded nothing like the trademark Hollies sound. The band eventually reunited with Clarke, and Rikfors was let go.
** Clarke retired from the music business in 1999 and was replaced by Carl Wayne, then finally Peter Howarth. They've recorded two albums with Howarth, which have largely been rejected by the fanbase for not sounding much like the Hollies.
* BellyDancer: "Stop! Stop! Stop!" is about a man who is so obsessed with a belly dancer that he tries to grab her in the middle of her performance.
* BlackSheepHit: "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", an {{homage}} to CreedenceClearwaterRevival, is harder than their usual material. It also differs from the band's usual output in that the lead guitar was played by Allan Clarke as opposed to usual guitarist Tony Hicks, and it contains a solo vocal from Clarke, as opposed to the group's trademark harmonies.
* BornUnlucky: "King Midas in Reverse"
* CoverAlbum: ''Hollies Sing Dylan'', an album of Music/BobDylan covers, and ''Buddy Holly'', an album of Music/BuddyHolly covers. The group's first album, ''Stay with the Hollies'', contained 14 tracks, only one of which was an original composition.
* CrossReferencedTitles: The band followed up their album ''Hollies Sing Dylan'', a Music/BobDylan covers album, with ''Hollies Sing Hollies'', an album containing entirely original compositions.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: Like most British groups of their era, the Hollies were subject to having their UK albums chopped and rearranged for the American market. Unlike the Beatles and the Stones, who eventually gained enough influence to put a stop to it, the Hollies saw this practice continue well into the 1970s. For instance, their US label did not even bother to release their 1976 albums ''Write On'' and ''Russian Roulette'' separately. Instead, they released ''Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester, Calvert, and Elliot'', which combined seemingly randomly picked songs from both albums - and then for good measure tossed in their cover of Music/BruceSpringsteen's "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)", despite that song having already been released (even in the US) on their 1975 album ''Another Night''.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: "Very Last Day"
* FirstAndForemost: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" has been recorded by many artists, but people continue to associate the song with the Hollies.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Numerous ones. The Hollies were always regarded as mainly a singles act in the United States. Thus, most Hollies [=CDs=] that you'll find in American stores today are compilations of some sort.
* HilariousOuttakes: ''25th Anniversary Collection'' includes studio chatter at the beginning of a few songs. Before "Ain't That Just Like Me", Graham Nash playfully whispers "Bastard!" to Hollies producer Ron Richards under his breath, and Richards retorts back "I heard that!" The intro to "Yes I Will" contains an exchange where Tony Hicks complains about a microphone stand being placed too low, to be told by Nash to "sit on a chair, then!"
* LongRunnerLineUp: The lineup of Allan Clarke (lead vocals), Terry Sylvester (guitar, vocals), Tony Hicks (guitar, vocals), Bernie Calvert (bass), and Bobby Elliott (drums) qualifies under Type 5, lasting from 1968-1971 and 1973-1981.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Graham Nash's big ''[[Music/TheBeatles Sgt Pepper]]''-style production, "King Midas in Reverse", made only a small dent on the UK singles charts. The band's next single, "Jennifer Eccles", a lightweight pop number they pretty much wrote as a joke, became a huge hit. Nash was not pleased.
** According to interviews, this pattern was then repeated over and over, with the band alternating between releasing songs they worked hard on which bombed and slapdash ones which became hits. This naturally led to some disillusionment.
* MarketBasedTitle: Most of their albums were retitled in their US editions with whatever their distributor felt was the most popular song on that album. The most blatant offender was ''Butterfly'', issued in the US as ''Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse''.
* MoodWhiplash: "Dear Eloise" alternates between a slow, melodious beginning and end and a rocked-up interlude between.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: The bass tended to be mixed very low in the Hollies' recordings. According to producer Ron Richards, this was because he didn't consider Bernie Calvert a very good bass player.
* NoExportForYou: The band's second album with Mikael Rikfors, ''Out on the Road'', was originally released only in Germany. The band decided not to issue it in the UK or the US due to Allan Clarke's imminent return. To date, it hasn't been given a widespread release in either country, though fans who are keen to get it can purchase an imported version.
* NonAppearingTitle: ''Confessions of the Mind'' alone contains three of them: "Survival of the Fittest", "Confessions of a Mind", and "Separated". "I Wanna Shout" is an example also, depending on which version you come across. Some pressings list the title as "We Wanna Shout", which is the actual sung phrase.
** Other examples include "Crusader", "Lullaby to Tim", "Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe", "Postcard", "Elevated Observations", "Soldier's Dilemma", "Marigold Gloria Swansong", "Lizzie and the Rainman", "Rubber Lucy", "The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam [=McGee=]", "Mexico Gold", "Hello Lady Goodbye", and "Soldier's Song".
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Happens to the singer in "Hello Lady Goodbye" when a long-term girlfriend breaks up with him this way, even going so far as to clean her clothes out of the closet and taking ''her favorite chair'' with her. The guy tries to get over it by having a one night stand with a woman he meets in a bar, then realizes he's found love again when the woman he took home with him last night is still there in the morning.
* RevivalByCommercialization: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" reached No. 1 in the UK in 1988 (almost 20 years after its original release) after being featured prominently in an advert for Miller Lite beer.
* SelfTitledAlbum: They had two separate albums called ''Hollies'', released in 1965 and 1974. The latter is often referred to as ''Hollies '74'' to avoid confusion. The 1979 album ''5317704'' also counts, since in 7-segment font this spells "hOLLIES" upside-down, and the album art reflects this.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: It takes several listens to decipher all the lyrics to "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress".
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: During Graham Nash's days in the band, he and Allan Clarke pretty much split the lead vocals 50/50. When Nash left, Clarke took over as the primary singer, but other band members would get the occasional lead vocal. Terry Sylvester usually sang one or two songs per album, and Tony Hicks sang lead on "Pegasus", "Look at Life", and "Born a Man".
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness: "Bus Stop"
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Most of the Hollies' music is timeless, but every song on ''Russian Roulette'' screams "late 1970s". Of course, that does not make it a bad album by any means.
* VocalTagTeam: In the early days, Allan Clarke and Graham Nash would trade off lead vocals. For an example within a single song, "Carrie-Anne" features Nash, Tony Hicks, and Clarke each singing different parts of the song.
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