1964/1967 The Hollies – Just One Look
The British Invasion began in 1963, and one of the most successful British groups was the Hollies. In May 1964, their single of Just One Look was released in the US but climbed no higher than number 98. Like many of their early singles, the song was a cover of a previously successful song (in this case, the original was a top ten single for Doris Troy in 1983).
Despite having seven top ten records in England, the group was unable to reach the American top 40 until the single Look Through Any Window got to #32 in late 1965. The group finally hit the top ten in the US the next Summer when Bus Stop made it up to #2. Several more hits came out during the following year, after which the group abandoned their record label (Imperial Records) and signed with Epic Records (a division of Columbia Records at the time, and now a part of Sony Music Entertainment).
Their last big US hit on Imperial Records was On a Carousel, which barely missed the top ten. When that record faded in the early Spring of 1967, each record label released another Hollies single. Epic released the Evolution album the same day as Sgt Peppers and put out the single Carrie Anne, which cracked the top ten (barely; it reached #9). Imperial Records released a second single from their last Hollies’ album, Pay You Back with Interest, which stalled at #28 while Carrie Anne was still climbing the charts.
What happened next was a surprise.
Imperial Records reissued the first American single, Just One Look. Perhaps because of the recent hit singles the group enjoyed, this time the record got up to #44 on the Hot 100 in 1967, doing even better than that in some markets. The next single from Epic was King Midas In Reverse, a more psychedelic and experimental record from their next album that could not get any higher than #51: the re-release of an older record did better than their new single!
Over the next few years, the Hollies went through some significant changes in both style and personnel (Graham Nash left to help form Crosby, Stills, and Nash). They had a few more top ten records in England but did not have another significant hit record in the US until He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother came out in 1969.
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