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Dennis Post subject: Eric Haydock's Hollies
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I read on the internet that The Hollies tried to get Eric Haydock thrown in jail for using the name "Eric Haydock's Hollies". He was a founding member along with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash, according to what I read. Doesn't he have as much right to the name as Tony and Bobby, especially since he was there before they were? Altogether an appalling scenario, if you ask me, especially since they reunited with Haydock in 1983. I've seen the pictures.
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Where did you read that Dennis?
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Don't believe all you read, Dennis. That journalistic report is merely a headline grabber.

For the facts behind the case, please read the news item from 1 May 1999 on the website and you will see why "The Hollies" had to take legal action against Eric and his band.

They won a court case against Eric in 1997 but at that time still agreed in court that he could call himself "Eric Haydock - Ex Hollies" as long as the "Hollies" wording was not more prominent than his name. There was never an intention to stop him playing or stop him referring to his past history. Just stopping him from fooling people into thinking they were seeing "The Hollies"

Unfortunately, Eric's band continued to be advertised on many occasions as "The Hollies", sometimes without reference to himself which was in clear breach of the court ruling. Although he may not have been directly involved in producing the adverts, he was responsible for them.

This had the effect of people turning up to his shows expecting to see The Hollies when they were not there. This caused many problems and complaints to the real band.

Because of the complete disregard for the earlier court ruling, the case ended up back in court and the report you have read on the web, presumably the BBC website, is a journalists' account of the proceedings.

Secondly, they did not actually re-unite in1983. At the end of 1981, Eric and Graham appeared with the band to promote the Holliedaze and Hollipops singles that were all the rage at the time. They did a couple of Top Of The Pops shows and some other events and the promo shot was from that time. If you mean the photo with Allan and Tony sitting on a bench? with Graham, Bobby and Eric standing, that was taken outside Abbey Road studios on 8th September 1981.

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speedwaybloke Post subject: Eric Haydock's Hollies
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Eric came to Australia about 5 years ago. The local paper advertised "The Hollies" with a photo of Eric & his band. I knew it was not the "real" Hollies but bought tickets just the same. The band put on a good show. After a rather lukewarm initial reception the crowd warmed up and they joined in and had a good time. Some people were asking where Clarke, Hicks and even Ray were. When they realised it was not the Hollies they knew several left to try to get their money back. Others stayed even after they learned who the band was.

There was a poster on display at the club where they performed and I did try to get hold of it but a club offficial took it down. I was nearby when the promoter had a quiet word with the club asking them to take it down. I had contacted the promoter and arranged to take photos. He agreed but wanted written assurance from me that I would not call the band the Hollies. I think that he may have had word by then from the Hollies management about using the name.

They came back just over a year later and were promoted that time as either Eric Haydock's Hollies or Eric Haydock ex Hollies (I can't remember which)
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butterflybye wrote:
Where did you read that Dennis?


Do a google or yahoo search for "BBC Hollies".
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I remember reading an article on this subject last year in the 'Daily Mail' and I feel they are right in taking Eric to court as he is misleading people. I know for a fact that he has played in a band called 'The Animals and Friends' too.

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I read the same report last year.

So...what happened as a result of the latest court action?

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brandy wrote:
I read the same report last year.

So...what happened as a result of the latest court action?


Banished to the Butlins houseband in Skegness Wink Laughing Surely not a financial settlement - Eric can't be that wealthy?

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As far as I know, Tony and Bobby don't like Eric using the "Hollies" name at all, but there isn't much they can do about it. The last thing I heard was that the best jobs Eric's band can get is small clubs and watering holes...so Eric isn't really in any competition with Tony and Bobby anyway.
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Dennis Post subject:
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Carrie Eloise wrote:
As far as I know, Tony and Bobby don't like Eric using the "Hollies" name at all, but there isn't much they can do about it. The last thing I heard was that the best jobs Eric's band can get is small clubs and watering holes...so Eric isn't really in any competition with Tony and Bobby anyway.


Exactly, so why all the fuss from Tony and Bobby? Are they THAT insecure that they have to take Eric to court over this silly issue? Eric Haydock was The Hollies bass player for their early '63-6 period, contributing to that solid wall of hits. You'd think that would count for something, but ex-Hollies don't get much respect from The Hollies Corporation, do they?
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Dennis - This has been chewed over time and time again. Eric Haydock may not be any competition for The Hollies but while ever he passes himself off as The Hollies he's misleading people into buying tickets thinking they are going to see The Hollies, not a band made up of various unknowns who happen to include one member of the band from the sixties.

Bobby and Tony have never stopped him using his name with Ex-Hollies after or anything similar but his camp has blatantly passed his band off as The Hollies - especially abroad. This has been happeninig for a number of years - well before Allan Clarke left.

Martin's comments on another topic about ex Hollies hit the nail on the head - everybody jumps to conclusions about ex members and a whole host of other things to do with The Hollies but the vast majority have no factual knowledge about it.

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I think the big trouble now is - there is currently a band called the Hollies that is trying to pass themselves off as THE HOLLIES.
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And doing an exceptionally good job of it as well!!!
The Hollies of 2006 who have moved on and changed and adapted their musical style to fit in with todays everchanging market, just as Madonna, Robbie Williams Take That and many other well known artists have done.
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carol7cat wrote:
Take That


No need for mentioning musical obscenities like that, Carol!

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James Towill wrote:
carol7cat wrote:
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No need for mentioning musical obscenities like that, Carol!


Agreed. I honestly don't know how anyone can stomach Madonna. She is sooo eighties has-been.
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