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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Hollies Draggin' my Heels

This was meant to be the comeback hit for the sixties supergroup The Hollies.
Released in 1977 it was an early example of a rock band jumping on the disco bandwagon.  We are all the more enriched for it.  But they didn't get their hit after all.  Here's a brilliant edit.

The Hollies were formed in Manchester, U.K. in 1962. They had many massive pop hits of which Just One Look, He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress and The Air That I Breathe were likely the most well known. Unlike other British rock groups like The Rolling Stones or even The Beatles, they were known for their squeaky clean image. They were however just about as successful on the pop charts in their homeland scoring a massive 22 Top 40 hits between 1964 and 1970. Interestingly enough Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame had been an early member.

A little piece of trivia for you Elton John fans, he played the piano on their 1970 smash He Ain't Heavy, He's my Brother, their civil rights themed ballad. In 1974 their love ballad The Air that I Breathe had previously been recorded by Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers. But their version is the definitive one. It's just the kind of mushy pop that I loved when I was a child.

Their line-up changed countless number of times and they even tour now. But it was 1977 that saw them jump on the disco bandwagon in a big way. Their fabulous harmonies set to a disco beat! Super lyrics too. How could they lose? Well it remained a PROMO only 12" and never did break pop and was their only foray into the genre. But hot damn is this a great song or what?

Draggin' my Heels

I must be not the only one loving this tune. A copy was just sold on Ebay the other day for over $300.00!

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