Buddy’s Back: Allan Clarke Reunites with Graham Nash to Create Musical Magic

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Buddy’s Back: Allan Clarke Reunites with Graham Nash to Create Musical Magic

We were so excited to have Allan Clarke join us on our show! We spoke about The Hollies, and talked about his new single Buddy’s Back, which reunites Clarke and Graham Nash’s harmonies – something that we haven’t seen in a while! Not to mention this song is from Clarke’s upcoming album I’ll Never Forget, due to be released on April 7th through BMG. 

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Speaking about working again with Nash – his childhood friend and The Hollies bandmate who between them helped shape pop music throughout the ’60s.

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Allan says, “Graham said: ‘I’ll write something about when we were first together.’ And Buddy’s Back is fantastic; it takes me back to starting with skiffle and into Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers.” 

He continues, “Graham writes brilliantly about what is happening today, and I take a more personal approach.”

The album cover features the Fender guitar gifted to Allan in 2010 by The Buddy Holly Education Foundation

The Buddy guitar continues to be a connection with Allan’s hero. He smiles, “I play Peggy Sue whenever I pick up that guitar to warm up. I write all my songs on it – it’s inspiration from Buddy Holly. Maybe he’s around somewhere, offering that help.”

Harmonies Reunited

Joining Allan in the studio on production duties is old friend Francis Haines, previously The Hollies’ keyboardist from 1983-90. 

Allan explains, “We have an energy between us. When I want to say something with a guitar or piano part, Francis instantly knows what it needs. He brings my songs to magic.”

Allan and Graham began working together again, thinking the result would either be a joint album or Allan’s next solo record.

Not wanting to force attempts to sound like The Hollies again 55 years on, they soon decided Allan would write the songs, and Graham would sing harmonies.

“We’ve still got that sound,” smiles Allan.

“It’s a sound nobody else has. Me and Graham being back together again, it’s great. What I wanted to do on this record was having the two of us get together to make that sound again. The songs Graham sings on are worthy of that.”

Pop Music History Making Legends

18 Top 10 Hits, 30 Top 40 UK Hits, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Millions of Singles and Albums Worldwide and One of the Most Successful and Recognisable Voices of All Time.

Allan Clarke and Graham Nash Reunite
Allan Clarke and Graham Nash Reunite

Discover How Allan Clarke Redefined British Rock with The Hollies

Allan Clarke rose to fame as the head of one of the most iconic groups of the early 1960s British Rock era, The Hollies. Characterised by their graceful, melodic harmonies and outstanding artistry, the band’s extensive catalogue has been widely praised in the history of popular music.

It all began in 1962 when Clarke and his childhood friend Graham Nash created The Hollies and gathered in Abbey Road Studios with their two guitar amplifiers and a drum kit.

Shortly after, they tasted enormous success, amassing thirty Top Ten hits in the UK charts and twenty-six in the US, and spawning beloved songs such as ‘I’m Alive’, ‘Carrie-Ann’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘Look Through Any Window’ and the No.1 hit ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’.

The music skyrocketed the band to international fame, with the Hollies taking over stages across the globe.

Singer Allan Clarke with his wife Jenny and their children Timothy at left and Toby in October 1969
Singer Allan Clarke with his wife Jenny and their children Timothy at left and Toby in October 1969

59 Years of Marriage and Triumph Over Cancer!

In 1999, though, Clarke retired from the music industry due to medical issues with his vocal cords and to be with his wife, Jennifer, who was dealing with a second cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, after 59 years of marriage, Jennifer overcame it!

Despite treasuring his retirement, Allan faced more difficulties, such as his daughter’s fight with cancer, which she eventually overcame. Then it was his turn and, being told to take it easy. He began to write poetic lyrics and play music on his guitar. Songs began to form, and with no intention of recording or releasing them, he played some ideas to his son Toby, a musician himself, who pointed him towards the recording software programme GarageBand.

Given the opportunity to make music on his terms, Allan let his creativity take off. He teamed up with his old collaborator Francis Haines as producer and arranger, and soon enough, he had a musical masterpiece on his hands. His stellar work caught the attention of Hartwig Masuch from BMG. A deal was struck, and 2020’s Resurgence album was born.

With another album’s worth of songs written, I’ll Never Forget might lead to more rock & roll magic. Whatever the future holds, these songs are worthy of Allan Clarke’s finest moments, and it’s an unforgettable experience.

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Written by: Kat Y (Ginge)

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