Take the Boy Out the North…

Graham NashBut you can’t take the north out of the boy, as I heard today while listening to an interview with Graham Nash on the Danny Baker Show podcast. Despite living in the US for so long, behind the mid-Atlantic accent there lurks the Lancastrian vowel shifts of his native Blackpool.

It’s a strange mix and not one necessarily confined to someone who has made it big in the States. If you close your eyes, he sounds not unlike the ageing Sheffield lothario, Yorkshire Pudding Peter Stringfellow.

It’s reassuring, in a way, to realise that I’m not the only one stuck with flat vowels!



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  • Trevor Rowley 28th May 2016

    I always found Graham Nash to be rather “full of himself.” Admittedly, a talented performer but I was always drawn to his eagerness to impress, which seemed so “seethrough”. The rest of the group were superb in my view – Bobby Elliott and Tony Hicks still perform and have lost none of their ability to show that they are magicians at their craft. Alan Clarke seems to have opted for semi-retirement. The mystery man seems to be Eric Haydock, who featured more than effectively on bass but who left the group under something of a cloud when they were at the height of their popularity. Generally speaking, I always felt that the Hollies were never given the full credit that they deserved and were always seen as a rather lightweight, pop act. The fact that they seemed to dedicate themselves to creating quality popular music rather than flaunting their celebrity (a la Beatles, Rolling Stones for example) was perhaps destined to see them fade from the top of the musical tree. Underneath it all, they were just honest, decent Northern working class lads who, hopefully, enjoyed their day in the sun.


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