It was a very discreet arrival for this Beat group – The Hollies. The record was “Just One Look”. It entered the Top 100 after a few weeks of “Bubbling Under” and sat for a single week at number 98. Then it was gone. But not forever. The single would again be released by Imperial Records in 1967 when the Hollies were flying high on the Epic Label. The record would be released on Imperial 66258 and would rise to number 44 with a respectable 7 week run.
The original Hollies formed in 1963 out of a Beat group called The Fourtones. Members included Alan Clarke on vocals, Graham Nash on guitar, Erick Haydock on bass, and Don Rathbone on drums. Rathbone would depart in 1963 and be replaced by drummer Bobby Elliott who came from Shane Fenton and the Fentones. Graham Nash would eventually head to the U.S. and co-found Crosby Stills & Nash and his place would be taken by Terry Sylvester of The Swinging Blue Jeans.
Up until this point, the only Invasion group to chart an LP in the U.S. beyond the Beatles were the Dave Clark Five. The Tornadoes placed their “Telestar” LP in the Hot 100 on the strength of the title song. This was in 1962 ahead of the Invasion.
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British Invasion on the U.S. Charts – May 16th 196
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Number 3 – Love Me Do – The Beatles
Number 4 – Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
Number 5 – Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
Number 98 – Just One Look – The Hollies
Number 115 – Yesterday’s Gone – The Overlanders (Debut – Peaked at #75)
Number 118 – Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry & the Pacemakers (Debut – Peaked at #4)