Finally, the Hollies broke through in North America with an original song that they requested from Manchester's . "Look Through Any Window" (Sept. 1965, UK No.4) broke the Hollies into the US Top 40 (No.32, Jan. 1966) and into the Canadian top 10 (No. 3, Jan. 1966), both for the first time. However, their follow-up single, an original recording of George Harrison's "" (Dec. 1965), was undercut when the Beatles decided to release their own version on ; it only reached No.20 in the UK, and was not released in North America. Their third album, simply called , hit No. 8 in the UK in 1965, but failed to chart in the US under the name , despite its inclusion of "Look Through Any Window" and "I'm Alive".
By this time, the Hollies were writing and performing a substantial amount of original material, written by the group's songwriting team of Clarke, Hicks and Nash, and producer Richards finally permitted the group to release its first self-penned hit "We're Through" (Sep. 1964, UK No.7) (credited to a pseudonym, "L. Ransford"; the name of Graham Nash's grandfather, as were all their early compositions). This was followed by two more cover versions, "Yes I Will" (Jan. 1965, UK No.9); and finally the -penned "" (May 1965, the band's first UK No.1, US No.103, Canada No.11). Their second album, (1964), did not chart (in the BBC top ten album chart, although it did chart in the New Musical Express album chart making the top ten) and none of its tracks were released in the US, although a version was released in Canada with the addition of the British singles.
The Hollies 1965. Från vänster: Eric Haydock, Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks och Bobby Elliott.
|Bakgrund||Manchester, England, Storbritannien|
|Genre(r)||Pop, psykedelisk rock, rock and roll, britpop|
|År som aktiva||1962 –|
|Relaterade artister||Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash, Graham Gouldman|
The Hollies then returned to the UK Top 10 with "" (Feb. 1966, UK No.2, US No.42); their fourth album, , which included the hit, made it to No. 16 in 1966. Released in the US as , it also failed to crack the US top 100.
The Hollies became known for doing , and they followed up with "" (February 1964, UK No.2), a song that had already had some success in the US for . The hits continued with "" (May 1964, UK No.4). At this point, there was some North American interest in the group, and versions of ; with these two singles added, were issued in both Canada by and the US by , with the title changed to . Like their Parlophone labelmates the Beatles, the Hollies' albums released in North America would remain very different from their UK counterparts.