Tributes after death of Hollies star Eric
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