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Ove Steen Pedersen
8th March 2015
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
Eric Haydock was born on February 3, 1942.
Eric Haydock was initially a member of the Deltas. He spotted Allan Clarke
and Graham Nash singing together as Ricky & Dane Young. He inivited them to
join the Deltas. The Deltas soon transformed into the Dominators of Rhythm
and finally into the Hollies.
When Tony Hicks went to go see the Hollies play at the Twisted Wheel in
Manchester: "I watched them onstage, and then I started chatting to Eric
Haydock. That was a one-way conversation since Eric wasn't particularly
chatty." (Record Collector)
Allan Clarke on Eric: "Eric was a great guy; he lifted our spirits when we
were down, he was the joker. But he was also very deep. As one of our sleeve
notes (from Bus Stop) said, Eric Haydock is an enigma. He never wanted to
say anything to anybody. He just wanted to get up and play bass."
Bobby Elliott on Eric: "He was a very exciting bassist in the early days; he
had his own style. He was a pioneer, playing the six-string bass before
anyone else." (Record Collector)
In the spring of 1966, the Hollies returned from an eight-week tour of
America. On the following day they were scheduled to begin a recording
session with Peter Sellers at Abbey Road for the song After The Fox. When
Haydock refused to answer his door when the tour manager called to pick him
up, he was dropped from the group. Haydock asserts that he was fired for
refusing to play. He felt that the group's management was mishandling funds
and not paying the members their gig money.
In 1966, Eric formed his own five-man band, Haydock's Rockhouse. The band
released two singles.
In 1981, Eric reunited with Allan, Tony, Bobby, and Graham for an appearance
on Top Of The Pops. This was due to the interest generated by the Holliedaze
medley mix that was on the charts.
Eric currently runs his own music shop.
In the last of 90's to present Eric Haydock toured and made Concerts with
his own band called "Eric Haydock's Hollies". However it gave a lot of
Problems with The Hollies about the Name.
From April 2004 Eric Haydock started in a band called "The Class of '64"
with some old Friends from other 60's band. Members of this band are: Mick
Avory (Kinks) - Drums, Eric Haydock (Hollies) - Bass, Chip Hawkes
(Tremeloes) Vokal/Guitar, Telecaster Ted Tomlin - Vokal/Guitar and Graham
Pollock - Vokal/Guitar. "The Class of '64" started their journey as special
guests of "The Animals", performing at over 70 major British theatre venues.
Tours are now being set up in different parts of Europe, North America and
Scandinavia."The Class of '64" have released a CD called same name as the
"I bought an elephant gun but I couldn't find any elephants. Still I
thoroughly enjoy shooting ... I buy a lot of clothes, but soon get tired of
them, so I sell them again."
(DISC Group Supplement - November 2, 1963)
Singles (with Haydock's Rockhouse)
1.Cupid/She Thinks 2.Lovin' You/Mix a Fix
CD: "The Class of '64"