There are so many Hollies-connections to and from other artists music. I think this could be an interesting thread on it´s own.
Let´s start with Paul Bliss Band. Certainly Paul Bliss wrote some Hollies-material but I didn't´t know that his band recorded The Hollies track Someone Elses Eyes or the only recording Carl Wayne did with The Hollies; How Do I Survive.
One more example. We know that Allan Clarke had an ambition to produce other artists (Lee Kings, Society, etc). One I happened to find is Jeff Clark (Roll Your Down) where Allan is a co-producer with Ray Glynn and Rod Turner.
I would be happy if could help me to find more "unknown" or odd Hollies-connections!
many links are already well known on this forum - but it's of course an interesting thread idea too, especially for anyone 'new' to The Hollies story, so while many below are well known a few are lesser known as well...
Paul Bliss also played keyboards for The Moody Blues and produced some tracks on their album 'Keys of The Kingdom'
from the sixties;
Allan, Graham and Tony contributed percussion to a few of The Rolling Stones early tracks; either 'Can I Get A Witness' or 'Now I've Got A Witness'(depending on which source you go by) and possibly 'Not Fade Away' too - but Tony and Graham are, among others, 'thanked' by Andrew Loog Oldham on the cover of The Stones 1975 Decca compilation 'Metamorphosis'
Graham Nash co-wrote John Walker's 1967 hit 'Annabella' with Kirk Duncan and Nicky James - plus a few tracks on John's solo album 'If You Go Away' too
and of course Nash sang guest lead on a verse of The Scaffold's no.1 hit 'Lily The Pink' and was on Mike McCartney ('McGear') solo album
Alan Hawkshaw (of The Checkmates and briefly The Shadows over 1969/70) plays piano on 'Put Yourself in My Place' (1965) getting a solo - while later M W & F/ Shadow Aussie John Farrar's band The Strangers also recorded this Hollies track
later Shads bassist Alan Jones plays on 'Driver' and he & Shads keyboardist Cliff Hall played on 'I Don't Understand You' - both in 1981
future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones plays bass on 'Don't Run And Hide' and future Cream bassist Jack Bruce plays bass on 'After The Fox' with Burt Bacharach on keyboards & of course Peter Sellers guest vocal - both in 1966
Klaus Voormann played bass on BBC Radio sessions and an edition of 'Sunday Night at The London Palladium' TV show before then opting to join Manfred Mann !
Hollies assist Everlys & Jimmy Page on 'Two Yanks in England' album in 1966
Gary Walker of The Walker Brothers co-wrote the linear notes and provided some percussion on 'For Certain Because...' (most probably on 'Crusader')
John' Mitch' Mitchell of Jimi Hendrix Experience plays drums (as Bobby was ill) on 'Kill Me Quick', 'We're Alive' and initial take of 'The Games We Play' (all 1967)
Clem Cattini (ex-Pirates & Tornados) & Dougie Wright (ex-John Barry Seven) play other drums on most of 'Evolution'
Sounds Incorporated & Jeff Beck Group drummer Tony Newman deputised on drums on some TV shows while Dakotas drummer Tony Mansfield (brother of singer Elkie Brooks) deputised for concert shows during Bobby's period of recuperation
Nicky Hopkins of Jeff Beck Group plays keyboards on 'Listen To Me' (1968)
Alan Parker of Blue Mink / C.C.S. plays guitar with Tony on 'I Shall Be Released'
Ronnie Scott and Ronnie Ross play brass on 'Blowin' In The Wind' (1968)
Elton John of course on piano and organ on 'He Ain't Heavy' / 'I Can't Tell The Bottom..'/'Perfect Lady Housewife' over 1969-70
Roger Coulam of Blue Mink plays piano on 'Hey Willy' (1971)
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) plays keyboards on some tracks on 'Distant Light' and much later of course on his song 'Harlequin' (also doing a lead vocal on the unissued version in 1979)
Jim Jewell of McGuinness Flint touring group and Gallagher & Lyle plays sax on 'Look What We've Got' (1971) and later on 'It's A Shame It's A Game' / 'Transatlantic Westbound Jet' (Clarke version) and later on 'Writing on The Wall' and a few other tracks circa 1978
Peter Robinson (of 'Quatermass') plays organ on 'Won't You (we) Feel Good That Morning' and 'Slow Down' (1972)
The group 'The Greatest Show in The Galaxy' (featuring Colin Jennings who wrote Hollies songs with Tony) wrote and recorded the original version of 'Magic Woman Touch'
Larry Henley (lead singer of The Newbeats) co-wrote 'Lizzy And The Rainman'
Duffy Power plays harmonica on 'Down On The Run' (1974)
Rod Argent (Zombies/Argent) plays synth on 'Star' (1976)
Tony Hymas of Jack Bruce Band plays keyboards on 'I'm Down'(1975) and later on '5317704' album in 1979
John Miles takes guest falsetto vocal on his song 'Carrie'(1981) while his group's keyboardist/vocalist Brian Chatton guests on both versions of his song 'Take My Love And Run' (1981-83)
Labi Siffre takes guest high harmony vocal on unissued third version of 'I Don't Understand You' in 1981
Mike Batt plays keyboards on both versions of his song 'If The Lights Go Out' (1980-83)- also recorded by Kate Melua
Alan Tarney plays rhythm guitar on his song 'Somethin' Ain't Right' (1983) also recorded by Elaine Page
Joe Lala (of Manassas) plays percussion on 'What Goes Around..' album (1983)
Bernie Calvert played on The Bread and Beer Band single of 'The Dick Barton Theme' (with Elton John & co) circa 1969
Graham Nash produced Judee Sills' own version of her song 'Jesus Was A Crossmaker' and sang harmonies on Art Garfunkel's version of 'Break Away' plus Steve Stills 'Love The One Your With'
Tony Hicks produced the 1974 album Taggart (not sure spelt right)
Allan Clarke sang 'Breakdown' (1977) and Terry Sylvester sang 'To One In Paradise'(1975) for The Alan Parsons Project - while Parsons engineered Hollies tracks and produced 'Boulder To Birmingham' (1976)
Dean Ford (of Marmalade fame) co-wrote 'Pick Up The Pieces' (not always credited) and 'Mr. Heartbeaker' with Terry Sylvester and included his version of the latter on his self titled EMI solo album in 1975
Terry Sylvester guests on a track on a recent Yusuf / 'Cat Stevens' album while Mike Rickfors guests on a track on Paul Jones solo album 'Starting All Over Again'
Rob Davis (ex-Mud) plays guitar on a few tracks on 'Staying Power' (2006) - 'Suspended Animation' was one I think without looking it up
The Hollies play on the Swedish group The Lee Kings final single "Coming Form The Ground" in 1967. The song is written by Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Nicky James and Kirk Duncan. Allan can be heard singing in the chorus. It's rumoured - though not confirmed - that the Hollies provide the backing track.
Allan produces The Societie's 1967 single "Bird Has Flown" and can be heard singing on the track.
Graham Nash was invited to the Beatles' live broadcast/recording session for "All You Need Is Love" and it's him who whistles on the final outro just before John Lennon starts singing 'She Loves You, yeah yeah yeah'.
Graham wrote "Postcard" for the Jimi Hendrix Experience but it was turned down so he recorded it with the Hollies instead. He shared a flat with Noel Redding in London in 1967/8.
The Small Faces wrote "Lazy Sunday" in response to an argument they had with the Hollies, where the Hollies accused them of not singing in their natural accents. Steve Marriott intended it as a private joke and the song was released as a single in 1968 against their wishes and without their consent!
Graham Nash was present for the recording session for "I See The Rain" by the Marmalade in 1967. Jimi Hendrix later stated it as his favourite record of 1967. It's unclear what Graham contributed to the track, if anything.
The Hollies duetted "Louisiana Man" on the Bobby Gentry Show in 1968 with Bobby Gentry. It subconsciously pushed them into a more country and western direction which was against what Graham Nash wanted to do.
Graham Nash added his vocals to the McGough/McGear LP in 1968, most notably on the track "Ex Art Student".
The Hollies recorded "Man With No Expression (Horses Through A Rainstorm)" in mid-1968. It was written by Graham Nash and Terry Reid. Terry Reid recorded his own version, and later Crosby Stills & Nash would record a version. Ironically, the CSN version remained unreleased until 1991 and the Hollies' version remained unreleased until 1993.
Graham Nash recorded "Happiness Runs" with Donovan and Lesley Duncan for Donovan's LP "Barabajagal" that would be released in 1969.
The Hollies duetted "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" with Tom Jones on the Tom Jones show in late 1969.
Tony Hicks was the first person outside of the Beatles' circle to hear "Abbey Road" in its entirety. Paul McCartney played it to him to ask for his honest opinion on it.
Bernie Calvert played bass for the Bread and Beer Band who featured Elton John and Caleb Quaye. They recorded an LP worth of instrumental tracks and one - "Dick Barton Theme" - was released as a single but flopped. The album was cancelled and remains unreleased officially.
The Hollies duetted "Going To The Zoo" with Julie Felix on the Julie Felix Show in 1970.
Doris Troy (who wrote their 1964 hit "Just One Look") and Madeline Bell (from Blue Mink) sang backing vocals on "Life I've Lead" and "Hold On" from "Distant Light" in 1971.
Allan Clarke sings "It Ain't Me Babe" on Steve Howe's 1999 album, "Portraits Of Dylan". It's Allan's last vocal studio recording before he retired.
Tony Hicks plays banjo TheNewNo2's project "Beautiful Creatures - The Motion Picture Soundtrack" in 2013. The group features his son Paul Hicks and George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison.
The Searchers had a minor hit with 'Have You Ever Loved Somebody' in 1966 (their final UK chart hit in the sixties) while Paul & Barry Ryan also did a cover produced by ex-Searchers drummer Chris Curtis - apparently Graham Nash gave a demo to Chris while Tony Hicks gave a demo to John McNally
Ex-Manfred Mike Vickers does Hollies arrangements on 'For Certain Because...', 'Evolution' plus 'Blowin In The Wind' and 'A Taste of Honey' second version in 1968
The Mike Sammes Singers are the choir at the conclusion of 'He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother' - as they are on The Beatles 'Good Night' and feature on 'I Am The Walrus' plus feature on some recordings by Cliff Richard and also The Shadows
Tony Hicks and Kenny Lynch wrote 'Faded Images' for Cilla Black on her album 'Images' - Cilla also did a version of 'The Air That I Breathe' and Graham Nash's 'Sleep Song'
Paul and Linda McCartney loaned their 'Band on The Run' moog synth' for The Hollies 'Another Night' track
Wings sideman and Merseybeat figure Howie Casey plays brass on the 'Buddy Holly' album while Don Harper plays fiddle
The Shadows did instrumental versions of both 'He Ain't Heavy...' and 'The Air That I Breathe' while Bruce Welch produced The Hollies three versions of 'I Don't Understand You' in 1981
Hollies producer Ron Richards also produced The Paramounts (the original Procol Harum band - PH later had the identical line up of ex-Paramounts at one point) they had a UK hit with 'Poison Ivy' (probably hence Gary Brooker & B.J. Wilson guesting with The Hollies in 1971 and 1979)
Ron in partnership with George Martin (Beatles, America, Ron Goodwin, comedy records, etc), John Burgess (Manfred Mann with Paul Jones, Freddie & The Dreamers etc), and Peter Sullivan (Tom Jones, Englebert, etc) jointly formed AIR Studios where 'Distant Light' was recorded in 1971 as a Hollies gesture of support
it is possible that Ron Richards was unavailable for at least some of the 'Confessions of The Mind' sessions - tho' Ron did produce some tracks it may well be that The Hollies self produced some of it...with Manfreds & EMI staff producer John Burgess 'nominally' being in overall charge maybe just 'signing off' the sessions documentation etc - notably the 1970 LP has NO producer credit at all despite Johnny Scott getting an arranger credit !
Later a cassette version stated Ron as the producer, but a CD version listed John Burgess name as producer, so it's something of a mystery but perfectly possible Burgess oversaw their self produced work until Richards came back - we do know Ron was unwell just after and missed about half of 'Distant Light' sessions which they self produced
Bobby later told me that Ron Richards DID actually produce 'Write On' in 1976 but Polydor omitted giving him any credit for some strange reason instead putting just; 'A Hollies Production' on the innersleeve - whether that is accurate or Bobby was mis-remembering I don't know, but I'd think Bobby would be correct as he was there !
Yes there are so many major and minor collaborations of Hollies members with other artists while still in the band. Too many to name now but I wanted to add 3 of my favourites, all little known or even fully unknown to Hollieholics.
(1) Allan Clarke and Maurice Gibb. When I interviewed Clarkey back in 2013, he mentioned he had done some recording with Maurice Gibb. What?? I pressed with questions as to when/where/why etc but he couldn't remember. Given the Bee Gees fell out with each other in 1969/70 and Maurice found himself a solo artist, perhaps it was around then. Gibb's one and only solo album 'The Loner' from 1970 remains (officially) unissued and though Clarke's name is not known to be attached to this project, who knows?
(2) Allan could also not recall - in fact I don't think he had any knowledge - of how Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame) came to record a version (never officially released) in 1969 of his ode to Graham's departure 'My Life Is Over With You'. Of course they would have known each other for sure through the business and doubtless bumping into each other at London hot spots of the day like the Bag O'Nails and the Scotch of St James during the 60s. Hear it here:
(Surprised to find that this is on YT – it’s had a whopping 27 views since being added over 2 and half years ago!! I think the readers of this forum may comfortably double that now...)
(3) This is the most bizarre one IMHO. Late in 1969, Tony Hicks spent time producing both sides of a 45 of British tenor and opera singer, Joseph Ward. Aside from one mention in an Australian newspaper interview in January 1970, I have never seen this written about elsewhere, meaning it will probably be news to all of you too. (I was saving things like this for my book project but y'know...it's still a way off and I keep changing my mind on what I’m trying to achieve!) The A-Side - 'Go My Love' is utterly forgettable but the B-Side, 'I Am The Preacher', a Cook-Greenaway penned number, has a lot going for it. Someone has put this side of the 45 up on Youtube, though he/she’s unaware of the Hollies link. Go My Love – I couldn’t find this up there – not missing much! I Am The Preacher:
The above transfer is not that great – the bassline on my 45 sounds far better. How did Tony get involved in this project? It was Ward’s first 45 and sank without a trace.
Knut – yes you are correct – Allan gets a credit on Wings 1979 ‘Back To The Egg’ album though for what reason precisely is not known. Somewhere in my notes I have the answer as someone once asked Macca but I can’t locate it at present – GEE may know. You’d think it would be backing vocals but in the Rickfors era when he was on his solo kick, to bring in some dollars, sometimes AC was harmonica player for hire too. He once played on a super obscure budget priced album of instrumental Dylan covers. The things you learn from scouring charity shops for several decades!!
I'll dig out my copy of 'Back To The Egg' and check it out !
it was stated in a 'Carousel' that Allan and Graham may have helped John & Paul a little when writing 'Misery' (later given to Kenny Lynch after Helen Shapiro rejected it !)- they were all together at some place (Abbey Road ?) and Allan & Graham were chipping in lyric ideas which John & Paul took note of - may only be a recollection and inaccurate but it's possible...we do know each group dropped in on each other's recording sessions from time to time
Bobby recalled Brian Epstein buying lunch for The Hollies once too - what a gentleman !
Ron Richards of course produced the album version of 'Love Me Do' getting in drummer Andy White and relegating Ringo to just tambourine !
I do know that Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon was friendly with a number of the bands back then, and knew Paul Jones (also like Clarke a noted harmonica player - Mike Rickfors guests on a recent solo album) - Paul also covered 'Lady Godiva' in 1966 which he hated and said; 'Peter told me so did he and Gordon Waller too !' - while The Hollies knew other Manfreds; Mike Vickers, Jack Bruce and Klaus Voormann so it's quite possible the link to 'Peter & Gordon' re Gordon Waller's later cover of MLIOWY originally came via their mutual Manfreds friends (?)
I have read that Keith Relf of The Yardbirds once broke his hand trying to emulate karate chops Clarke and Nash were doing...! (Jimmy Page could be the Yardbirds / Hollies link)
we know they knew Graham Gouldman (later of 10cc) recording three of his songs over 1965-67
It has been rumoured that Bobby apparently recorded a track in 1965 with fellow drummer Bob Henrit (then of The Roulettes, later in Argent and in the 80's The Kinks too) - hopefully Bobby's forthcoming book may shed some light on this ? - it may have been an instrumental but I have never heard anything more about it, no title or anything, so it clearly never was released even if actually recorded - that would be around the time Bobby was voted 'Best Drummer' in the NME poll and it might well be Bobby that George Harrison is referring to in the film 'Help !' when he tells poor Ringo; 'There's a good drummer in Manchester' !
the late Alan Pooley of 'Carousel' gave a date once that Allan, Tony, and Graham were at Abbey Road with other famous star guests to record a song titled; 'That's Rock & Roll Ah' - apparently intended for the (never completed or at least released to date) second volume of a Romanian charity appeal album George Harrison was doing - Alan Pooley quoted an exact date in an old edition of 'Carousel' so he must have been told that from some source..
....it didn't mention Bobby being there or involved at all (who told me he knew nothing of this) however I DO hold a handwritten note from Tony Hicks advising they had been recording both with John Miles ('Carrie' it later transpired)...and Graham Nash ('Somethin' Ain't Right')...and also with Thin Lizzy bass player/singer Phil Lynott (?? - could that be this 'That's Rock & Roll Ah' song ?)
The Hollies had stormy liasons with The Dave Clark Five, The Small Faces, and The Tremeloes - often it was a case back then of petty arguments in package tours or on TV shows over who got 'Top billing' and doing their respective covers of songs before each began composing their own hits properly
Bill Wyman compliments The Hollies in his book 'A Stone Alone' - saying Stones and Hollies were good friends (hence the thanks on 'Metamorphosis' cover) - Bill said Tony Hicks (& Jane) were with Eric Clapton and other 'Stones guests' backstage at the famous Hyde Park concert in 1969
About ten years ago I browsed through a McCartney biography in a book shop and I swear the story went something like Paul wanted advice on how to sing something in a session and sent for Clarke. Later Paul sent him a good chain or something in thanks.
I'm almost sure this was what I read and that the book quoted Allan himself.
that would tie in with Allan remembering Phil Everly asking Allan how to phrase a line in a Hollies song The Everlys were covering on 'Two Yanks in England'
Allan said it was his proudest moment when Phil said something like; 'Hey Al how do I sing this...?'
Jimmy Page did likewise asking Tony re the guitar part on 'Hard Hard Year'
Eric Clapton said he wished he'd played Tony's guitar intro to 'The Air That I Breathe' too
we know Jimi Hendrix was a fan of The Hollies too (he had a copy of 'Hollies Sing Dylan' in his London flat and was so impressed by 'Evolution' photo then getting Karl Ferris to do the USA cover of 'Are You Experienced')
and Bruce Springsteen & his band were as well - Bruce once telling his drummer; 'play it like the guy in The Hollies...'
also Steve Stills was/is a big Hollies fan too
Pete Ham had his group The Iveys sing 'Just One Look' over and over until they got their vocal harmonies ultra tight which later gave them as Badfinger a key strength - ironic Allan later covered Pete's song 'Baby Blue' on his 'The Only One' (aka 'Legendary Heroes') solo album
Terry Sylvester of course went to school with Badfinger's Joey Molland and aged 14 Terry worked for George Harrison's brother in Liverpool as a panel beater.
Ex-Badfinger keyboardist/vocalist Bob Jackson was (& I think still is) in The Fortunes who back in the early seventies also recorded a version of 'Gasoline Alley Bred'
Hi, sorry it took some time but now I´m back. Talking about Hollies connections I`ve tried to find other artists that have recorded f.e Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress. I´ve found the following:
Rockapella (nice version on the cd Two From NY) Stop (a group from Argentina) Etcetera incl Carl Wayne Atlanta (on the LP Pictures) Jack Diamond Band (from Canada) Etcetera incl Allan Clarke (5 different mixes) (There´s also a special mix on the cd Platinum Mega-Hits-Mixes)
There must by more recordings of this classic song by other artists I suppose..
And some more of other artists that has recorded Hollies original songs:
You Need Love recorded by Bernadette Charlie And fred recorded by Blades Of Grass Now´s The Time recorded by Brinsley Schwarz Come On back recorded by The Bristols Carrie Anne recorded by Ali Campbell To You My Love recorded by The Devotions Lullaby To Tim recorded by Mickey Dolenz Put Your Self In My Place recorded by Episode Six Tell Me To My Face recorded by Dan Fogelberg
re Hollies songs other versions - if not already stated;
Bus Stop - also recorded by both Gene Pitney and Hermans Hermits of course
Gasoline Alley Bred - The Fortunes
He Ain't Heavy and The Air That I Breathe - The Shadows The Air That I Breathe - Cilla Black He Ain't Heavy - Neil Diamond, The Righteous Brothers, Andy Williams among many others Yes I Will as 'I'll Be True To You' - The Monkees
Magic Woman Touch - original version by The Greatest Show in The Galaxy
Thanks Ransford - you've listed a couple there I've not previously encountered (the Argentinian ones in particular). I have been undertaking quite a bit of research into this very subject in 2017 and there are over 300 officially released cover versions of Hollies written or co-written songs by other artists, from 1963 to the present day.
This list does not include those songs either written for The H or otherwise first recorded by them. I see you've made a mention of Bus Stop though it was offered around to other acts at the time including Hermans Hermits, who did a version of it that same year (1966).
Ok! My list is concentrated to songs that are written by members of The Hollies and recorded by other artist. Here's some more:
Carrie Anne (Le Homme Au Traineau in french) recorded by Claude Francis Transatlantic Westbound Jet recorded by Galeforce Pay You Back With Interest recorded by Dana Gillespie (a very rare record and the one I'm missing) Would You Believe recorded by Nicky James I'm Down (Nur Du) recorded by Miriam Kent Tell Me To My Face recorded by Keith
Hollies covers on both sides: Peculiar Situation/Have You Ever Loved Somebody - The Golden Haze - US Cobblestone (Division of Buddah) Hard Hard Year - Eternity's children (from Sunshine & Flowers/The Lost Sessions) CD
Indian Girl - Denny Doherty (from The Mamas and Papas) - US Columbia
Indian Girl - High Button - US Laurie
Have You ever loved somebody, Fifi the Flea, Pay You Back with Interest - Paul and Barry Ryan