All of us at Epiphone send our condolences to the family of Eric Haydock, the founding bassist for The Hollies who died January 5. Haydock played an Epiphone Rivoli as well as 6-string bass for the Hollies during their rise to fame between 1962-1966 when the band was heating up the UK Top 20 with singles like “Just One Look,” “I’m Alive,” and “Look Through Any Window.”
The Hollies got their big break during their 1963 performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool (where The Beatles performed nearly 300 times) when they were heard by Abbey Road engineer Ron Richards who had worked as an assistant engineer on the fab four's debut LP, Please, Please Me.
Richards quickly signed The Hollies after their audition led to their first single, “Just Like Me,” which reach 25 on the UK charts. After a successful string of covers including Doris Troy’s classic, “Just One Look,” the band’s own material, much of it co-written with guitarist Graham Nash
, helped to The Hollies one of the top 'beat' groups in the UK until Nash left for America in 1968 where he met Stephen Stills, David Crosby, and Joni Mitchell and started the next chapter in his own amazing (and Epiphone-driven) career.
“Along with Tony (Hicks), Eric and I were the rhythm section that created the springboard for [Allan] Clarke, Hicks and (Graham) Nash to launch that famous three-way Hollies harmony,” wrote drummer Don Rathbone. “On the early package tours, Dave Clark, the Kinks and artists of the period would watch from the wings as we effortlessly rocked the screaming theatre audiences into a frenzy…Although Eric left the Hollies in 1966, I occasionally listen enthralled by our BBC and Abbey Road recording sessions and dear Eric masterfully.”
Put some Hollies music in your life today. Also, check out The Hollies Remember
segment below which includes terrific footage of the band recording “On A Carousel” at Abbey Road in 1967 with Graham’s customized black 1967 Epiphone Texan
with an Everly Brother-style double pickguard.