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W e l c o m e t o t h e u n o f f i c i a l D a n i s h H o l l i e s s i t e

Bernie Calvert was born September 16, 1942, in Nelson, England.


In 1966, Eric Haydock's departure left the group with a hole to fill at

bass. After rehearsing the title track for the Bus Stop album with bass

player Klaus Voorman, Tony Hicks called in the bass player from his days

with Bobby Elliott in Ricky Shaw and the Dolphins, Bernie Calvert.

Bernie as a Dolphin.


Bernie became the new bass player, starting with the record Bus Stop. The Hollies had used Jack Bruce also as a substitute for Eric until they brought Bernie on board.


Bernie's specialty was the bass guitar, although he would sometimes

contribute on keyboards or on the organ. On stage, Tony Hicks would

sometimes take over on bass while Bernie sat down and tickled the keys.


Bernie left the group a few days after Terry Sylvester did in 1981.




"If the people like the music we're playing, if we can feel a response, that

will just turn us on so much, give us so much energy, we'll look forward to

playing every night. I mean that's a big part of our music - getting a

response. Doing a tour really teaches you a lot about your songs - the

response will have an effect on what we do - you can't just make music in a

complete vacuum. We make music for people to listen to."

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Calvert Fun Facts


.Bernie's nickname was "Bamf". .Bernie wrote one song that appeared on the He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother album - an instrumental called Reflections Of A Long Time Past. He wrote another instrumental titled Snow On Heather Moor, but it has never been released. .There were plans for Bernie to record a solo album of instrumental pieces back in 1968, but nothing ever came of it. .When Bernie joined the Dolphins, he wanted to play piano but Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott convinced him to learn to play bass instead. His dad bought him a £150 bass.