Trib­utes af­ter death of Hol­lies star Eric

Stockport Express - - Front Page - SI­MON SMITH

TRIB­UTES have been paid to Eric Hay­dock, the orig­i­nal bass player of 1960s pop group The Hol­lies, who has died at his home at the age of 75.

Hay­dock, from Stock­port, was one of the founder mem­bers of the band and played on all their early 60s record­ings - in­clud­ing I’m Alive, Just One Look and Look Through Any Win­dow.

He left the group in 1966 in a dis­pute over man­age­ment fees but was fondly re­mem­bered by the band as a ‘great guy’.

Hay­dock is sur­vived by all four of the other mem­bers of the orig­i­nal lineup - Gra­ham Nash, Al­lan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Bobby El­liot.

Drum­mer El­liott con­firmed the news on The Hol­lies Face­book page.

He wrote: “In the early 1960s Eric was one of the finest bass play­ers on the planet.

“Along with Tony, Eric and I were the rhythm sec­tion that cre­ated the spring­board for Clarke, Hicks and Nash to launch that fa­mous three-way Hol­lies har­mony.

“On the early pack­age tours, Dave Clark, the Kinks and artists of the pe­riod would watch from the wings as we ef­fort­lessly rocked the scream­ing theatre au­di­ences into a frenzy.

“Although Eric left the Hol­lies in 1966, I oc­ca­sion­ally lis­ten en­thralled by our BBC and Abbey Road record­ing ses­sions and dear Eric mas­ter­fully play­ing his six string bass.”

The Face­book post says that Hay­dock died peace­fully at home.

It has been re­ported that he had been ill for some time.

Eric Hay­dock’s orig­i­nal band The Deltas in­cluded Eric Ste­wart - who left to join The Mind­ben­ders, with Wayne Fon­tana, and then founded 10cc, set up Straw­berry Stu­dios in Stock­port and worked closely with Paul Mc­Cart­ney dur­ing the 1980s.

Hay­dock formed Hay­dock’s Rock­house a more R&B-fo­cused group in 1966, but they split af­ter a pair of un­suc­cess­ful sin­gles. It is be­lieved Hay­o­dock even­tu­ally gave up play­ing mu­sic - though the Hol­lies did re­port­edly track him down for a video ap­pear­ance in the early 1980s. It is un­der­stood he owned a mu­sic store in Manch­ester.

Fel­low 10cc mem­ber Gra­ham Gould­man wrote Look Through Any Win­dow, which was a break­through hit for The Hol­lies in both the UK and the US, and Bus Stop, which be­came a hit as Hay­dock left the band. The Hol­lies went on to global suc­cess with hits in­clud­ing The Air That I Breathe and He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.

Nash left the group in 1968 to form Crosby, Stills and Nash, with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, and later work­ing with Neil Young. Tony Hicks and Bobby El­liott con­tinue to tour and record as The Hol­lies af­ter a le­gal dis­pute over the use of the name, with for­mer Mud bassist Ray Stiles among the cur­rent line-up.

●●The Hol­lies. left to right: Gra­ham Nash, Al­lan Clarke, Bobby El­liott, Tony Hicks and Eric Hay­dock at the Al­pha Stu­dios in Birm­ing­ham in 1964

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