The Hollies

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    Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band)
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Who can resist a catchy hook, rich harmonies and tuneful melodies?

The Hollies’ music featured all of these and more. Their infectious style landed twenty-two singles on the charts, making them one of the most commercially successfully bands of the British Invasion.

Hall of Fame Essay


Andy Schwartz

When good reviews translated into sales, the group was chronically underrated by the music press.

When “rock & roll” became “rock” and moved from singles to albums, the band’s American LPs were carelessly assembled and frequently underpromoted. When creative autonomy was a counterculture byword, they simply recorded the best songs they could find, no matter the source.

They weren’t rebellious or scandalous or even terribly hip.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony Program Cover
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