The Hollies: e 50!

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Dopo i festeggiamenti di mezzo secolo per i Beach Boys, per ‘Love Mo Do’, per i Rolling Stones, tagliano il prestigioso traguardo anche i mai troppo incensati The Hollies. Composti da due soli membri originali – Bobby Elliott (71 anni) e Tony Hicks (67) – gli Hollies datano il loro anniversario al marzo 2013, quando cioè entrarono per la prima volta agli Abbey Road Studio. Elliott ricorda come arrivarono a registrare negli storici studios: The Beatles had hit and George Martin’s side-kick Ron Martin had come up to see The Hollies at The Cavern in Liverpool. The Beatles had moved out and The Hollies had moved in. We would do a lunchtime session and an evening session. Ron liked what he saw and he invited us down to Abbey Road Studios to do an audition, of all things. So we auditioned and started making records and the rest is history, I suppose”. Quindi si sofferma sul primo brano inciso: “‘Ain’t That Just Like Me’ which became our first single. It was a minor hit. It was in the Top 30. Then we did another cover called ‘Searching’. Then another cover which was ‘Stay’ and then we had a number two record with a song called ‘Just One Look’, then ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Yes I Will’. I think the Guinness Book of Records said we had more hits than The Beatles in the 60s and 70s. We were churning them out”. Formati a Manchester, insieme ai Rolling Stones e ai Searchers, sono l’unica band tra ’60 e ’70 a non essersi mai ufficialmente sciolta. Nel 2010 sono stati inseriti nella Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame for their impact on  the evolution of popular music”. Il tour del 50esimo partirà da Australia e Nuova Zelanda, quindi tra marzo e aprile Regno Unito, e poi Norvegia, Germania e in autunno ancora UK.