100 Great Songs From The British Invasion- 1963-1966. ‘Look Through Any Window’- The Hollies.
The Hollies a pop rock band formed in 1962 in Manchester, England by Allen Clarke and Graham Nash- had 8 hits in the UK including a #1 in ‘”I’m Alive’ from 1963-65- before they had a hit in the US. They had only tended the US Hot 100 once- with ‘Just One Look’ #98 in 1964- before “Look Through Any Window’ in late 1965. While ‘Look Through Any Window’ was only a modest hit in the US- #32- it did open the door for The Hollies and more hits were to come. The Hollies are one of the few groups- along with The Rolling Stones from the British Invasion who haven’t broken up. Of course the members have changed over the years- Clarke and Nash are long gone- and they haven’t been all that active- four albums in forty years but they are still around. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. Note- Ron Richards- the producer of this record- was the the one who discovered The Hollies- but he was also involved with The Beatles-he was an assistant to George Martin- he was assigned to produce The Beatles first sessions and it was Richards who first suggested that drummer Pete Best- wasn’t very good- which led to his sacking and a fellow named Ritchie Starkey taking over on drums.
Single:’Look Through Any Window’- The Hollies/ Written by Glenn Gouldman and Charles Silverman/ Record Company- Imperial/ Recorded June 30, 1965/ Time: 2:14/ Produced by Ron Richards/ Released August 27, 1965 in UK, September 1965 US/ Peaked at #32 in US Billboard Hot 100, #4 in UK Singles Chart.
Here in NZ they had a consistent stream of hits from 64 to the mid 70s- a reliable top ten band for a decade at least. And they toured here- not too many bands can be bothered to skip over the water from Australia, so kudos to them.
I love this song, particularly that 12-string.