Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in June 1967.

Former founding member and original lead vocalist of the Hollies, Allan Clarke (born Harold Allan Clarke, in Salford, Lancashire), celebrates his 75th birthday today. He started out singing with childhood friend Graham Nash whilst still at school, and it was in 1962 that the Hollies were formed. As a group, they have scored seventeen individual UK top ten singles, with two number ones – 1965’s “I’m Alive”, and a reissue of “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” hitting the top in 1988 after its use in a Miller Lite commercial.

Clarke was also heavily involved in the group’s songwriting, as well as contributing harmonica and guitar. He also found time to record and release some solo material, twice leaving the group as a result (between 1971 and 1973, and briefly in 1978). After his retirement from performing in 1999 (due to ongoing medical problems with his vocal chords), Clarke was initially replaced by Carl Wayne – former lead singer with the Move – and then by Peter Howarth, after Wayne’s death in 2004. The Hollies are one of the few pop groups of the early sixties to have never disbanded, and be still performing and recording. They were inducted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010.

“Carrie-Anne” was their twelfth top ten hit in just fifteen releases, and features in this classic BBC performance from the Television Theatre, in Golders Green – better known as the Golders Green Hippodrome, which is now used by El Shaddai International Christian Centre, an evangelical church, who purchased the building for £5m in early 2007.

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