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Here I Go Again
by The Hollies
Fantastic follow-up! The boys had made their real chart breakthrough earlier in the year with UK No. 2 "Just One Look", honing their unique harmonies to a fuller degree than on their previous singles outing (1963's "Stay", during which studio session you could almost hear practice making perfect).

Serious contenders to 'The Beatles', I naively thought back then as a ten-year-old. Of course, the fact that they did not (initially) write their own songs hadn't occurred to me as being a barrier to their absolute top-notch success. In truth, it was Lennon & McCartney's writing abilities which sealed their own berth as the number one beat group of the decade, ably supported by George Harrison from time to time. Before the songwriting talents of 'The Hollies' had properly emerged, the Fab Four had reached a plateau where they could not be seriously competed with.

'The Hollies':
:: The two founding members of 'The Hollies', Allan Clarke and Graham Nash, were encouraged to play music for a living in the same way many post-War Brits did - through the skiffle craze of the late Fifties. ...
:: It was only the influence of songwriter Graham Gouldman (later of '10cc') which got them onto the American charts, first with "Look Through Any Window" then with the Top Ten entry "Bus Stop". The resulting increase in creative control brought about 1967's album of original writings called "For Certain Because". ...
:: Their own songs were credited to the fictitious persona 'L. Ransford' (actually a collaborative by Clarke, Nash and fellow bandmate Tony Hicks). This method finally got them a US hit of their own in "Stop! Stop! Stop!".

In #1964 :
:: In Britain, the group of criminals collectively known as the Great Train Robbers were sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars on March 27th. ...
:: The very last episode of "The New Phil Silvers Show" is shown on 'CBS-TV' on April 25th. It had replaced the very popular 'Sgt Ernie Bilko' character from earlier seasons with the almost identically natured (but much less interesting) 'get-rich-quick' merchant 'Harry Grafton'. ...
:: Future soccer star Johan Cruyff made his first team debut for Ajax of Amsterdam on November 15th 1964 in the Dutch Eredivisie against GVAV (now FC Groningen). Although he scored the club's only goal in a 3–1 defeat, he would go on to make 240 appearances for them in his first spell, and provide 190 goals during that time.

US: No. 107 - UK: No. 4
1964 - Parlophone - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 14th August 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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