Wed July 24th, 2002
Mon November 14th, 1988
Mon June 29th, 1987
Mon May 5th, 1986
Mon May 30th, 1983
Mon June 28th, 1982
Songs For Survivors (2002)
Earth & Sky [remastered] (2001)
Songs For Beginners (1988)
Wild Tales (1988)
Graham Nash (1942-Present), vocals/guitar
EMI Records producer Ron Richards discovered the Hollies during a gig the group played at the Beatles’ old haunt, the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Richards invited the Hollies to a label audition in London, to which they agreed. The original second guitarist decided that he didn’t want to turn pro, and left the band so manager Allan Cheetham lured Tony Hicks away from his local band, the Dolphins to sign on.
Graham Nash
Singer-songwriter Graham Nash has enjoyed one of rock’s most varied and prolific careers. He and classmate Allan Clarke started off in the Ordsall Primary School choir together, and by the mid-’50s began playing skiffle as a duo called, appropriately, Two Teens. The duo evolved into a group called the Levins, which became the Guytones. Inspired by the popularity of sibling acts like the Everly Brothers, Nash and Clarke reverted to a duo, performing as Ricky and Dane Young.

Eventually the twosome was annexed by another outfit called the Deltas, which would become the band that would bring Nash his first major spell of success -- the Hollies.

The Hollies’ debut single, a cover of the Coasters’ "(Ainąt That) Just Like Me" was issued in the spring of 1963, and though the quintet’s first few releases were all covers, its original material would make it one of the biggest British singles bands of the ’60s. Later in the decade, in keeping with the prevailing pop culture climate, the Hollies dabbled in more experimental sounds.

By the end of 1968, Nash had quit the band, a move reportedly spurred by the band’s plan to record and entire album of Bob Dylan songs (Words And Music By Bob Dylan). Nash’s final appearance with the band was a benefit gig at the London Palladium in the winter of 1968, after which he was replaced by Terry Sylvester.

Nash then packed his bags and headed for California and before a year had passed he had officially joined forces with Stephen Stills and David Crosby. (While he was still contractually committed to the Hollies he had joined his future bandmates in the studio to record the original version of "You Donąt Have to Cry.") In June of 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled debut (which included the classic "Marakesh Express," which Nash had written but never recorded during his tenure with the Hollies) was released, and it made a huge impact, lingering in the charts for more than two years and selling over two million copies. With intermittent member Neil Young, the quartet played its most high profile gig later that summer at Woodstock.

After one national tour and a live album, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young parted ways. In 1971 Nash’s first post-CSN album, Songs For Beginners was released. It was a top 20 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. In December of the same year Nash joined forces with Crosby for a European tour, and their collaboration was positive enough to inspire a studio album, Graham Nash/David Crosby.

Nash recorded his second solo effort, 1974’s Wild Tales after the murder of his girlfriend Amy Gosage, and the music reflected his somber mood. The album garnered an uneven response from fans and critics alike, but his next project, a reunion with Crosby that resulted in two successful albums (Wind On the Water, Whistling Down the Wire), a live recording and a greatest hits package. Eventually, though, Crosby’s substance abuse became to great an obstacle in their working relationship. Nash’s 1980 solo album Earth & Sky had started out as a Nash & Crosby venture.

During the ’80s the musical climate was less hospitable to the kind of music that was Nash’s calling, and so his attention shifted from pop to politics, and he participated in a series of anti-nuke events. Nineteen eighty two saw him rejoin Stills and Crosby for a CSN reunion album, and a year later he reunited with his former Hollies bandmates -- a collaboration that led to a studio album (What Goes Around) and a U.S. tour.

Since the ’80s Nash has recorded and performed intermittently with his CSN&Y; cohorts.
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