Pop Rock Music
Hollies members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks wrote “Carrie Anne” and it became an international hit in 1967. The song rose #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #3 in the U.K., #4 in The Netherlands, #7 in Australia and Norway, and #8 in Germany. Nash has said that he wrote the song for British singer, songwriter and actress Marianne Faithfull. However, he was too shy to use her real name. (Canadian actress Carrie-Anne Moss says that her mother named her after the girl in this song.)
The Hollies formed in 1962 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. There are different stories about how they chose their name. It was either as a tribute to Buddy Holly or with thoughts of holly at Christmas. They originally were Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks, and Erick Haydock. Nash left in 1968 to become part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. (The term supergroup refers to the members coming from successful bands — e.g., The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively, in the case of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. Neil Young joined them later in 1969, and he had been part of Buffalo Springfield.) The Hollies were the second most successful group in Britain throughout the 1960s. As part of the British Invasion of the U.S., they took a while to become successful in America. “Bus Stop” was their breakthrough song. They had many hits, including “Just One Look,” “Stop Stop Stop,” “Bus Stop,” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” just to name a few.