Thank you Allan for many years of fantastic entertainment. All the best.
Otley, UK - Saturday, April 29, 2000, 15:17:37 (gmt)
I have enjoyed the Hollies for over 30 years and I am so sad to hear that I will not be seeing Allan Clarke performing again, but I wish Carl Wayne all the best with the Hollies and I am sure I will be going to see them again in Concert. All my good wishes go with Allan for all the good times that I've had over the past 30 years.
Warrington, England - Sunday, April 23, 2000, 19:54:28 (gmt)
Dear Allan Clarke,He ain't heavy he's my brother was the first song of THE Hollies I heard on the radio in the car while going to an Aussie Rules Football match in 1968 a place called Gembrook in The Dandenong Ranges near MELBOURNE. The first live concert in 1975 Festival Hall Amasing Grace sung live with Allan, Tony & Terry will always be the best of The Hollies live, sensational. My one ambition in life was to meet Allan Clarke, the best vocalist and lead singer of any band I have ever heard. In May 1987 I reaslised my ambition at about 1.30am in the morning to meet Allan Clarke inside the stage entrance to the Melbourne Concert Hall . My comment to Allan Clarke was "I always wanted to meet you and shake your hand." Allan Clarkes reply was "now you have realised your ambition." On your retirement ALLAN CLARKE I wish you and your wife, family all the very best in the world from all THE Hollies fans and supporters in Australia.
Edward & Trudi Mills
Melbourne, Australia - Sunday, April 23, 2000, 05:11:02 (gmt)
Best wishes to Alan on his retirement. Which one of the Hollies is "Rob?" Best wishes to him too.
Leeds, UK - Friday, April 21, 2000, 19:52:33 (gmt)
Dear Allan, I have really enjoyed your work with the Hollies. Best of luck to you and your family.
Cleveland, Ohio, USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000, 12:36:03 (gmt)
Jeni,hope you've got a list of jobs for Allan to do, stuck on the fridge,because he'll be looking for something to do.I wish YOU all the best with your health.After all you are the woman behind THE MAN.Allan,thank you for all the fabulous years of entertainment.You have had more impact on people than what you realise.You have certainly been an inspiration to me and not just in music,but how you conduct youself.Thank you for the memories.Thank goodness for records,tapes and CD's.Good luck to you both in your retirement.May the years be kind to you.Continually in my thoughts.Look after your lady,mate.She is as important to all of us as you are.
banora point, australia - Monday, April 17, 2000, 13:56:52 (gmt)
Happy Birthday 'Arold Clarkey! I hope you have lots of fun and lost of cake! I heard about your retirement and I'm glad for you. I hope that you have a good retirement and that you will be able to do things you've always wanted to do. You and Tony will always be my favorite Hollies....xxx Truly yours, Jen
Morris Connecticut, United States - Monday, April 10, 2000, 15:05:06 (gmt)
I've been a fan of the Hollies since I first heard Just One Look on the radio all those many years ago. I'd like to wish Allan a happy and healthy retirement. Thanks for singing the songs so wonderfully. Happy Birthday.
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. - Thursday, April 06, 2000, 04:32:35 (gmt)
Best wishes to Allan and Jenny.Your music was part of the soundtrack of an era that will never be surpassed.Love to you both.
Stephen and Louise Alders
Aldridge, England - Sunday, April 02, 2000, 12:55:04 (gmt)
Just "rediscovered" The Hollies after many years, when given an album of their early work. I played in support bands with them a couple of times at the Pavillion in Bath in the early 60's, and found them all the most friendly of all the Big Names we got to know there. Decided to get some Hollies gigs in this year, and now find Alan's left. Sad to hear this, but hope all will be well with his life now. Still going to catch the rest of the lads, when the next tour comes to the West - here I go again!
Trowbridge, Wiltshire - Friday, March 31, 2000, 00:11:36 (gmt)
The Hollies have been a great part of my life longer than I can imagine Allan Is The Hollies they are never the same when He's not there I hope and pray one day to hear his beautiful voice agian. He's ment more to my life than he could ever imagine. I pray that Jenny will be fine I admire his conviction to his wife and family. He is a truely great person and the most increadible singer that ever has been or ever will be. Here in America we dont get much Hollies music or information but Iv'e managed to find most all Hollies and Allan's music by hunting hi and low and going to England just to find music. My heart is now and will always belong to Allan and the Hollies.
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. - Wednesday, March 29, 2000, 18:36:36 (gmt)
I missed the last tour (the first in years), and I will regret that for the rest of my life. But all the very best, and thanks for all those years of entertainment and happines, even though my youth has just ended at 46. Cheers Allan and all the very very best for the future
Bradford, England - Saturday, March 11, 2000, 08:24:49 (gmt)
I'm almost 45, and have been a rabid Hollies fan ever since I first caught them on Hullabaloo doing Look Through Any Window at age 10. Because of this band's musical inspiration, I went on to play guitar and write music, mostly for the enjoyment of whatever region in which I happened to live. In an age where many bands only flaunt their immorality and smack love in the face, the Hollies have maintained their integrity, and commitment to their families. Their music has been a big part of my life, and especially, everytime I play he ain't heavy or why didn't you believe, I'm encouraged. No one will miss Allan's presence more than I. Unfortunately, I only got to see them once, for two shows in Williamsburg at the end of the 83 reunion tour. Please come back to the USA! And get real rock and roll hall of fame--hollies fans the world over demand some fairness and that long coveted and overdue honor for the band. At 3am, and deeply saddened, I'm rambling, so I'll have to close...when someone's music blesses your life for 35 years, it's hard to let it go. But I admire you Allan for your commitment to Jeni during this time, and I will listen to your music with even more respect, knowing you put your family first. You and Jeni have been, and always will be, in my prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to the rest of the band, including the world's most accomplished, and underrated guitarist, Mr. Hicks, keep it going guys!!!
USA - Saturday, March 11, 2000, 08:23:00 (gmt)
Dear Allan.My heart is crying when I heard about your retiring from the hollies.Hope to hear your voice someday in the future. Best wishes to you and your wife Jennifer. Maybe a Reunion Someday ?.
Chester mann, England - Friday, March 10, 2000, 20:06:38 (gmt)
I was just looking in yahoo to see if there was anything on my name, i was pleasently surprizedto see a band named 'hollies'. unfortunately i wasdissappointed when i heard about allan retiring.it's a shame that i will most probley never hear them.
, - Thursday, March 09, 2000, 10:51:02 (gmt)
Dear Allan, Sorry to hear of your retirement, but understand the reason.I have followed The Hollies since the 60's and have been lucky enough to attend MANY concerts.I will really miss you singing The Air That I Breathe, No one else will sing it the same.It made my year to meet you recently at Harrogate convention.I also would like to ask a question...Are there any Hollies videos available to buy and if so where from?
MRS C RODEN
Buckley, Flintshire - Wednesday, March 08, 2000, 21:43:37 (gmt)
I am very sorry that allan is leaveing i will miss him very mutch. my very best wish;s to him and jeni i hope and pray that she is restored to full health realy soon
Miss Ann Smith
Nottingham,England, - Wednesday, March 08, 2000, 12:36:32 (gmt)
Dear Rob, Excellent site keep up the good work, Also I hope Allan has a wonderful retirement as he deserves a WELL EARNED BREAK !! from being such a great singer. I wish him and his wife all the luck in the world. Love Bren xxx
Manchester, England - Monday, March 06, 2000, 21:13:23 (gmt)
My best wishes go to Alan and his wife for the future,I was sorry to hear about Alan leaving, but fully understand why, I saw the Hollies in Ipswich last October, this was the fith time that I have been to see them over the last twenty years and I have to say that they are as good today as they have always been, good luck to Carl and I hope to see them all in Ipswich again very soon. Love and best wishes Ann.
IPSWICH, UK - Monday, March 06, 2000, 14:24:19 (gmt)
Best of luck to one of the greatest voices in pop music. Regrettably, my only chance to see the Hollies (1965) was denied. Graham nash came out on stage to announce that the Band could not play because Milwaukee was not on their itinerery. If they played, they would have been deported!! So sad. at least we got our $3 back!. Hollies forever, and would hope they might some day return to the US of A. Thanks for great music.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - Sunday, March 05, 2000, 21:03:54 (gmt)
Dear Allan,I am absorbed in your song and the singing voice even now.Your powerful singing voice gave me joy and vigor.Thank you Allan,and thank you Jennifer.
Tokyo, Japan - Sunday, March 05, 2000, 15:31:51 (gmt)
Wishing Allan and his wife all the best I am very glad to hear that Tony and Bobby and the other lads will go on making (great) music. And now I heard that the Hollies will go on tour again - it really cheered me up and I hope the dates will be published quite soon!!Love to you all xxxandreaxxx
Munich, Germany - Friday, March 03, 2000, 20:24:22 (gmt)
Allan: I hope that just one look back, you remember the contribution of your music on the 60's. Sincerely i will wait sitting on the bus stop for the cool woman in black drees that i remind you, so, i wish you the best of the life for evermore in every air that you breathe.....thank's for HE AIN'T HEAVY, cause i consider you my brother, god bless you.
EDUARDO MENDEZ TELLEZ
GUADALAJARA JALISCO, MEXICO - Friday, March 03, 2000, 04:16:27 (gmt)
The last week I went to London, because I'm a sport's journalist. I am a television's journalist and then I worked in the England-Argentina friendly match of football. In my free-time I bought nine CD's of The Hollies, because I'm a fan. I knew the notice about the Allan retirement, talked with my wife and children. They understand my love for The Hollies. I'm 43 years old and the voice of Allan Clarke is the best. Early in the 70's, I knew the group and my friends loved that music. In Argentina, we never could to see them. My wish is that Allan return in the future with the group and visit my country. There are many people wanting to see them. Thank you Allan for all.
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Wednesday, March 01, 2000, 02:55:26 (gmt)
I've been watching for the last two or three weeks in amazement, wondering how many people felt like I do. Now I know. Like a lot of us, I have been following the fortunes of The Hollies for the guts of 40 years, and of course we have known that it would come to this - if not with Allan, then at some stage, all of them calling it a day.I am just so happy that I have the memories, but also that I actually saw them live so many times.The best moments? Soldiers song, Royal Albert Hall, the brilliant introduction of Stilesy and Coatesy (and hopefully of Waynesy).The band lives on - Clarkey you are a hero.
London - Tuesday, Febuary 29, 2000, 23:49:03 (gmt)
Sorry to hear that you are going to leave The Hollies. All the best to you and your family. The Hollies are remembered in Sweden for countless high class shows in our "folkparks" during the 60´s.
Best of luck to Carl Wayne when he is taking over as frontman in The Hollies. It´s not the easiest task in the world (just ask Mikael Rickfors) but if it´s someone who can do it, it´s Carl. The Move was one of my favourite groups when Carl was in the line up and I can still fondly remember when the firebrigade rushed to The Pop In Club at Gröna Lund in Stockholm. They´ve thought the place was on fire but it was The Move, complete with smokebombs and lightshow. Good luck Carl! I´m looking forward to any new recordings featuring your voice.
Skövde, Sweden - Tuesday, Febuary 29, 2000, 18:34:03 (gmt)
It was sad to hear about your retire from the hollies. i have been listening to the hollies since 1963 when i first heard " stay onthe swedish " ( top ten ) tio i topp.
the hollies have been my favorite group.thanks for the memories. good luck in the future.
töre, sweden - Monday, Febuary 28, 2000, 22:18:03 (gmt)
I want to thank Allan for the almost 40 years of music he gave us and I wish Calr Wayne all the succes Allan had.
Allan: thanks again.
Carl: good luck.
Almelo, Holland - Sunday, Febuary 27, 2000, 22:18:03 (gmt)
Sorry to here of Alan's Retirement.Let's hope he makes some guest appearances.I have been a fan of the hollies since the sixties,but only saw them "live" on their 1998
tour in Warrington.They gave a 2 hour show that was breathtaking.I went to see them on their 1999 tour in Blackpool and they were just as good if not better.Carl Wayne is an excellant singer and I'mm sure he will do a great job.Good luck for the future Alan.You will be missed
Manchester, England - Friday, February 25, 2000, 19:01:36 (gmt)
Sorry to hear that Allan is retiring but good luck to him for the future. I saw the band as a kid in the sixties, again in the early eighties and once more just before Xmas last year. Each time they were spectacular and Tony Hicks just doesn't age at all! My best wishes to all the guys.
Essex, U.K. - Friday, February 25, 2000, 14:20:36 (gmt)
Allan Clarke was the voice of the Hollies. Living in Australia I lost touch with what was happening over the past 7 years. He is one of the greatest singers to come out of the pop era and he has still retained that great quality in his voice. The Hollies were my Fav. group in the sixties and myself and my brother Philip (lower down on this page) bought everything we could get our hands on. The quality of Clarkies voice on Long Cool Woman, He Ain't Heavy and The Air That I Breathe is just brilliant. He can never be replaced with due respect to Carl. Lets hope that the Hollies will keep Rockin' on. All the best to Allan and his wife and I hope their future is bright and healthy. All the best mate!!!
Sydney, Australia - Friday, February 25, 2000, 10:04:53 (gmt)
Allan has been my friend since I was 6 years old. We have been through many wonderful times together. I knew that if he did not feel he could always do his best on stage then he would retire. I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all the pleasure he has brought to my life. He was one of the most underrated lead singers in music today. I will miss his energy and his voice.
I first saw the Hollies in 1966 during a USA tour. I didn't appreciate the immense talent that was being displayed...I was distracted. The second time I saw the Hollies, was 2 years ago in Canterbury, UK. It was a fabulous show. Tony can play 20 times better than I thought and, of course, nobody can sing like Allan. You'll be missed, my friend. But God Bless.
Los Angeles, US - Thursday, February 24, 2000, 23:22:42 (gmt)
Thanks Allan for nigh on forty years of great music. For twenty of those years a new Hollies single was almost a national event here. Many of your 70's singles first saw the light of day in NZ and up until the "Crazy Steal" period, invariably reached our Top 20. The Hollies have always had a special place in the hearts of many New Zealanders, (after all, the "Hollies Live" album was recorded right here in Christchurch) and I would venture to say that the reverse was also true. Best wishes for the future.
Arthur and Marilyn Henderson
Christchurch, New Zealand - Thursday, February 24, 2000, 22:28:27 (gmt)
Very sad at Allan's decision to retire. Impressed that they chose Carl Wayne to work with. It pleases me that there has been positive talk about recording again...I will warn the Hollies that EMI is probably already hanging "Not Interested" signs on their front door. The company does seem preoccupied with the Hollies' past glories and they do deserve much better.
Binghampton, USA - Thursday, February 24, 2000, 20:14:53 (gmt)
Am currently listening to "Hollies at Abbey Road 1973-1989" and am a bit choked up - While Allan did leave for all of the right reasons, it really is the end of an era, as I don't rightfully see Graham rushing to do any harmony spots with Carl, Tony, and Coatesy! I also applaud Bernie Calvert for the short yet sweet (?) comment, and wish him all the best...but where's the word from Graham? It must be somewhat bittersweet with the announcement of Allan's retirement coinciding with his Birthday. I do hope that Carl will push the Hollies into doing the USA tour that we so unfortunately missed out on in the last 15 years or so...
All The Best to Allan Clarke and his family, and all the best too for all Hollies past, present and future - for Carl, Tony, Bobby, Allan, Graham, Bernie and Terry!
Upland, California - Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 06:11:45 (gmt)
The Hollies and Allan Clarke have touched my life ever since I first heard Bus Stop on the radio in 1966. What's up with this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Sioux City, Iowa, USA - Wednesday, February 23, 2000, 00:18:13 (gmt)
Just a quick note to Allan. All the best for your retirement, you'll be missed but I'm sure everyone respects your decision.May I take this opportunity of wishing you and your family all the very best, especially Jeni. Love from Judy
York, England - Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 18:54:38 (gmt)
What a band....how about getting Paul Dainty or an Australian Promoter and come to Australia....we need the glorious harmonies of The Hollies. Manfred Mann and Eric Burdon have all visited in recent years with good crowds at all venues. Various radio station eg 5ADFM here in Adelaide and other capital city GOLD radio stations would heavily promote a tour. THERE IS TOUR GOLD IN AUSTRALIA!To Allan Clarke keep a chin up mate and best regards to you and your wife. Hey I'm 51 and my brother in law saw the guys perform in Melbourne. Along with the Kinks and The Beatles The Hollies are definitely in our top 3 and I must say if the Beatles hadn't happened I believe THE HOLLIES just may have been NO 1 in the UK. The spirit of UK music lives on and may it never disappear, lyrics and musicianship and stage presence I understand!
.1. Alan Carmichael & my brother in law .2. John McLean
.1. Adelaide (South Australia) .2. Bendigo (Victoria, Australia), Australia - Tuesday, February 22, 2000, 10:49:33 (gmt)
Like Hollies fans all over the world, I too am saddened by Allan Clarke's decision to retire. All of us have our very different memories of Allan's years with the Hollies and my own special memory took place in 1983 during the reunion tour with Graham Nash. In advance of the group's final US appearance in Williamsburg, Virginia, I was assigned (actually I begged for it) to write a newspaper article. An interview was arranged and I flew to New York and spent an incredible afternoon with the band immediately following their debut concerts at The Bottom Line, which I had the thrill of attending. Allan (and everyone else in the band) were so gracious and easy to talk to. Not a bit of pretence in any of them. And it was so obvious how much they appreciated us ardent Hollies admirers. I left my time (more than two hours) with them a more devoted fan than ever. Allan's voice is one of the great instruments of rock and roll and the thought of not hearing it sandwiched between Tony's and Alan Coates' (or Graham's) will leave a tremendous void. Let's hope that somewhere some tapes exist of those recent UK tours so those of us in the USA and elsewhere can savour Allan's Hollies just a little longer.
Monday, February 21, 2000, 04:51:09 (gmt)
I wish Allan the very best. But, like everyone who has listened to his unique, wonderful voice, since "Just Like Me", I am devastated. The term "end of an era" understates the significance of this. The continuity of Allan, Tony and Bobby has, somehow, kept the Sixties alive, and real, to so many of us. The Beatles were always far too detached, too ethereal, and certainly never going to seriously reform. The Hollies never (apart from that little BABY hic-cough) were always there for us. I will be there to see Tony and Bobby, and, incidentally Carl should be a great, and clever replacement, but the truth is you cannot replace the irreplaceable. There is no-one with a voice and style like Allan. May your god go with you.
Little Bookham, United Kingdom - Sunday, February 20, 2000, 20:18:16 (gmt)
I heard STAY in the mid 60's at the age of 9 and been a fan ever since,bought every record and seen the Hollies live on dozens of occasions,they have been a large part of my life. I'm sad Clarkies retiring, there is NO replacement, he is the voice of the Hollies, (I loved Mr.Rikfors but it wasn't the same). Allan's solo albums were vastly underrated, THE ONLY ONE is my all time favourite album, as good and better as anything around at the time. I wish Allan and his wife all the best and good health for the future. You have given me much pleasure throughout my life. A mate and myself where a duo for ten years called 'Another night'. Every song we did was a Hollies tune in one way or another. I enjoyed that time so much, if it wasn't for the Hollies it would not have been possible. THANX Allan.......
Crewe, Cheshire - Sunday, February 20, 2000, 16:50:40 (gmt)
Thanks for the memories your music will live for ever
Smithfield, South Australia, - Sunday, February 20, 2000, 11:21:37 (gmt)
Dear Allan, thanks for being blessed inspiration to a young band in the 70s in Christchurch N.Z. The Hollies were our light to follow. We all sat in awe Ch.Ch Town Hall as you and the band gave it your all, Thanks again, may you and your dear wife take a break and really enjoy life. Blessings, Roger.
Gold Coast, Q.l.d., Australia - Saturday, February 19, 2000, 09:35:35 (gmt)
Nobody "replaces" Allan Clarke! Also, hasn't he quit twice before???? Something to think about eh? Also, read Carl's comments...this could be the start of something BIG for the Hollies. Have you ever spoken with somebody who saw the group in the US with Mikael Rikfors? Some folks thought that was the best it got!
Chili Centre, USA - Friday, February 18, 2000, 23:05:16 (gmt)
All the best Allan, and thanks for some great music. - Eams
Buckland Wharf, England - Friday, February 18, 2000, 17:02:01 (gmt)
"Legendary Heroes" never die, enjoy your retirement.
Scottsdale, AZ - Friday, February 18, 2000, 16:02:58 (gmt)
Whilst I'm sad to hear that Allan's leaving, in the circumstances it's perfectly understandable. Why shouldn't he take the opportunity to enjoy his retirement with Jeni and his family. We only get one life - we have to live it the way we want to, and in Allan's case not the way his fans may perhaps want. The Hollies won't be the same without him, after all it was his distinctive voice that was the very essence of virtually all their songs. On a previous occasion when he left the band he was replaced with an excellent singer in Mikael Rikfors (sorry if I've spelt his name wrong!}, however he wasn't Allan and good though he was, it just wasn't the same. It will probably be the same for Carl too - he's also a good singer (I actually bought some of the Move's records back in the 60's!), but he's just not going to sound the same and I'm sure he won't want to. (Is he still married to that lass from Crossroads by the way?) If the band ever gets to Queensland I'll go and see them, as with or without Allan they're still a great band, but I know it won't be the same. I've had a bit of a crush on Allan since I first saw the band perform live in 1964 (well I was only 15!) and I guess I'll always have a soft spot for him (yes my husband knows about it and has learned to live with it!), so I'll miss seeing him out front. Still, I've always got my record collection (and tapes and CD's)to listen to - they'll never go rusty from lack of use in my house or car! I wish Allan and Jeni all the very best for their future - have a good life you two. NB to Jeni - I've been where you are now and 12 years later I'm still around and not planning to dust off the insurance policies any time soon!
Jimboomba (South of Brisbane), Australia - Friday, February 18, 2000, 11:58:54 (gmt)
Best wishes to a man of many talents.To front one of the best bands of the sixties and to survive so long in the music industry is testament enough to the skill and artistry of a wonderful group of musicians. Good luck Allan and best wishes to your wife. Maybe a re-union tour one day!!! Long may the Hollies continue!!!!
Nottingham, England - Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 15:11:48 (gmt)
As one of my two favourite lead singers (Mike Smith of the Dave Clark 5 being the other) I wish Allan and his wife the very best. We all know that if this was Mick Jagger retiring, it would be front page news. For what real reason..who can say but it's the truth! As for we Hollies fans, we know who has the best voice and songwriting skills around-Allan does! Also, hello to Bern Calvert who I see also has a note in the book here. Thankfully, we all have those wonderful recordings to enjoy forever! Thanks Allan, Tony,Mike, Terry, Bobby, Graham & Eric!
Ridgeland-Jackson, Mississippi, USA - Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 18:54:40 (gmt)
All Israeli Hollies fans (and there are more then a few) were shocked on hearing the news of Allan's departure. We send our best wishes to his wife. We do believe he will be back in the Hollies ranks.
Tel-Aviv, Israel - Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 10:30:53 (gmt)
Very best wishes to Allan & Jeni. You will be missed. I have been a Hollies fan since 1972, at the age of 11 & still follow the band as best I can from this distance all these years.
Dunedin, New Zealand - Tuesday, February 15, 2000, 08:03:22 (gmt)
Just to say thanks to Allan for all the great records over the years . I go back as far as Searchin', and the brilliant Stay, as well as many others. Good Luck Allan .
Boston, uk - Monday, February 14, 2000, 21:20:51 (gmt)
A man of 48 years crying his eyes out .....yep, sorry folks, that's me ..... on the news of Allan's retirement. How on earth I'm typing this I don't know ...I'm shaking like a leaf and can hardly see the keyboard. I have been most fortunate over the past 35 years or so seeing the Hollies perform on countless occasions, the first being at Southall Community Centre where I was hooked by the band's sheer quality. The last time being in April 1999 at Wimbledon Theatre where the magic was still there. Allan has given so much pleasure to millions of people throughout the world during his career and I would like to thank him with all my heart for that. I could go on and on about the man, from the occasions I met him after shows, signing all the Hollies and his album covers for me to even meeting his brother, Frank, a few years ago who recalled fond memories of the band in the early years. Allan, for me is and always be my hero and perhaps Rob, you would convey my very best wishes to Allan on his retirement. To me he is "The Only One" and his "music will go on with the light on his smiles". So fellow fans, raise your glasses with me...."To the greatest....Allan Clarke"
Derek J Block
England - Sunday, February 13, 2000, 12:17:34 (gmt)
First we'd like to thank you Allan for the years of pleasure you gave us both on record and in concert. Although we've seen you in concert hundreds of times, every time you walked on stage we still got that special thrill of seeing you live.
Secondly we want to wish you and your family a long, healthy and happy life away from the HOLLIES.
Just one selfish request, do you think you might find time to do some recording? Love and best wishes for the future.
Jeff & Barbara Bott
Nottingham, England - Sunday, February 13, 2000, 00:09:13 (gmt)
It was just great to see Bernie Calvert's message to Allan today. Made me think of 'Reflections of a Time Long Past' (well, you guys out there know the one if I am not quite accurate, since I don't have the album to fall back on).
I would like to wish Bernie Calvert all the best too, and to thank him for all his wonderful work as part of the Hollies during a wonderful time. Thank you Bernie, very much.
Edmonton, Canada - Saturday, February 12, 2000, 02:51:13 (gmt)
We would like to pass on our very best wishes for a long happy and healthy retirement to Allan. It is certainly well deserved. Allan Clarke has one of the great voices of pop music and in a wonderful career has given pleasure to millions the world over. I think he has never had the credit he deserves as a song writer also. This can be said for other members of the band too. We would also like to pass on our best wishes to Allan's family.
The Hollies will always be in our opinion the greatest group of them all. We of course wish Carl all the best and will make him welcome but Allan Clarke is one hard act to follow and we will miss him. Thanks for the music Allan.
Jeff & Margaret Martin
Derby, England - Friday, February 11, 2000, 22:39:15 (gmt)
Good luck my old mucker
Barrowford, Lancashire, England - Friday, February 11, 2000, 13:43:26 (gmt)
Congratulations on such a long and successful career. Best wishes to you and your family. Saw you and the band in 76 in Melbourne and again in 86...such memories I will always cherish. Total Hollies freak since I was 13 in 75. I have been given so much personal joy with your talent and dedication over so many years. You deserve the best retirement imaginable!!!
Traralgon, Victoria, Australia - Friday, February 11, 2000, 06:17:28 (gmt)
Best wishes to you and your wife in your retirement, you brought us all a lot of pleasure for so many years.
St.Andrews, Fife,Scotland (formerly London) - Thursday, February 10, 2000, 20:59:28 (gmt)
I came here with wild tales from the east - well at least I came to leave my thoughts and a message on Allan's retirement (I know it's late but I've been out of town a lot) but I'm now lost for words. Everyone has said what I was going to say. I'm sad at the news but Allan's and Jeni's health and well being come first - after nearly 40 years we can't begrudge them that. Good luck and health to you A&J.
Stockport, UK - Thursday, February 10, 2000, 08:24:28 (gmt)
ALLAN MY PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU AND YOUR WIFE. I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF YOU AS A FRIEND YOU HAVE NEVER MET. WELL YOU HAVE IN FACT WHEN YOU GAVE ME YOUR AUTOGRAPH OUTSIDE A PUB IN BATTERSEA SOUTH LONDON IN 1964 JUST BEFORE YOU APPEARED ON THE FIVE O CLOCK SHOW. YOU HAVE LEFT US WITH A MARVELLOUS MUSICAL LEGACY. THANKS FOR THE ENJOYMENT OVER THE YEARS. OUR THOUGHTS ARE MOST IMPORTANTLY NOW FOR YOUR WIFE. I WILL MISS YOUR ON STAGE BANTER WITH TONY HICKS! SINCERE REGARDS
TERRY AND BRENDA REDPATH
LONDON SE16, ENGLAND Thursday, February 10, 2000, 00:06:41 (gmt)
I'm so sad to hear that Allan is retiring from the best band in the world. Long, long ago I saw a band at Sale Town Hall, near Manchester they were young, and so was I. I was hooked - the fact that they were fellow Mancunians was a bonus. From all the wonderful comments from around the world there is no doubt of your international popularity. I send my warmest wishes to Jeni and Allan.
Lytham St. Annes, England - Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 22:31:41 (gmt)
Is there a sadder day then hearing that you will retire from the band. The voice is leaving. If I had known I would be there last autumn, but you cannot know everything in life. I give you the best in life for you and your wife Jeni. Your voice "I can't let go" and will be playing time on time. Live today Allan. What will be tomorrow.
Hoogezand, The Netherlands - Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 22:00:41 (gmt)
Just like to wish Allan the best of luck in his retirement. For years he has entertained us with his magical voice, now he is ending it but the memories and the music live on forever!!!
Melbourne,Australia - Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 22:00:41 (gmt)
'Arold, thanks for the 30 plus years of your life. You are a tribute to Salford, the U.K music scene and the music world in general. You had a great career with The Hollies and a good one solo. I just hope that now you can retire without regrets and go on to greater things. All at "The Official Graham Nash Web Site" say a fond farewell, but you will always be some part of our heritage and life. Enjoy your retirement, you have earned it mate.
Greenbank, South of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Wednesday, February 9, 2000, 06:38:22 (gmt)
Thank you Allan for the years of pleasure your singing and Hollies concerts have given me and my family. I will cherish the occasions when I met you and I will continue to play your music and probably shed a little tear each time. Your distinctive voice IS the Hollies and they will never be the same without you. You deserve your retirement and I wish both you and Jeni all the very best for the future. God bless.
Surrey, UK - Tuesday, February 8, 2000, 21:32:22 (gmt)
So many others have said so much more than I could say. Just thanks for so many memories.
Norwich, UK - Tuesday, February 8, 2000, 29:08:35 (gmt)
Dear Allan. I wish you all the best for the future. I hope you and your wife will experience many good years together. You can be sure that you have made many, many listeners happy for all these years, giving so much time and devotion into your music. I first heard the Hollies on radio playing "Stay" and I've been a fan ever since. I've had the opportunity to experience you with the rest of the Hollies in about 20 concerts during the years. I'm so glad I came over this autumn for the convention and two concerts, not knowing this would be your last tour. You fronting the Hollies in Royal Albert Hall, or in Oslo Concert hall or at the Langeland festival, or at the Marlowe's in Canterbury, not to forget the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham in May 85 (when you came out to exchange a few words before the concert) will always be precious memories. I only have one wish: Please let us have your solo work reissued, preferably with bonus tracks. It's such a shame that one of your best recordings so far remains unissued, "So long". Thank you from Knut
Oslo, Norway - Monday, February 7, 2000, 21:58:35 (gmt)
I was devastated by the news of Allan's retirement from The Hollies. I would like to wish both him and Jeni a long healthy and happy retirement. I have been a fan since the beginning but it wasn't until 1990 that I started following them around the country. Last tour I got to 22 of the 33 dates. Thank you Allan for all the music, solo and with The Hollies, the memories, like The Victorian Evening in Weeden and the cricket bat. Also for all the friendships that I have made through my love of your music. To me Allan Clarke will always be the voice of The Hollies and will be sadly missed on the tours.
Northampton, England - Monday, February 7, 2000, 20:09:12 (gmt)
The news knocked us for six, to say we were saddened is an understatement. As the frontman of one of our favourite bands for so many years, our immediate thoughts were 'how would they carry on?' But with such a strong core, we know the Hollies will continue to be as successful and popular as ever. Allan, you will be greatly missed, and we wish you and your family the very best of luck and love in the future. xxx
Bath, United Kingdom - Monday, February 7, 2000, 11:44:35 (gmt)
Like many others I grew up listening to the Hollies in the 60's and listened on Radio Luxembourg and Pick of the Pops etc.!! Recently I saw them in Liverpool and Preston and they were fantastic!!!. Sorry to see Allan retire but perfectly understandable. Thanks for your great voice and great music. Welcome to Carl Wayne; the Move were another of my favourites so "Just One Look down Blackberry Way" maybe!!!!
Liverpool, UK - Sunday, February 6, 2000, 17:34:56 (gmt)
Fair play to Allan on his announced retirement. "Only pleasure in the life we live is a measure of the love we give" - wrote Paul Field but it could have equally been written by "Ransford". Thanks for all the brilliant songs both sung and written which we can enjoy via CD etc. We'll surely miss Allan at the live gigs; perhaps he can be persuaded to attend the odd convention? What about a charity tribute concert for Allan, venue Albert Hall? All the best to Allan & Jenny and to Bobby and Tony and to newcomer Carl.
Whetstone, Leicester, UK - Sunday, February 6, 2000, 14:47;21 (gmt)
Thanks for all of the enjoyment and pleasure that you have given us over the years. We will miss you and "He ain't Heavy" as well as the "Air that I Breathe" will never be the same. Best wishes to you and your family. Dancing at the front at the finales will be so different!
Helen & Tom Quinn
March, UK - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 20:03:56 (gmt)
Dear Allan: 1001 heartfelt wishes from myself and my wife, who count ourselves blessed beyond belief that we got to hear you and the Hollies twice live on our journeys to the UK, the last trip on Andrea's birthday in Reading in 1998. You don't know how much joy you've given us for decades. Truly one of my great memories is as a kid watching our junior high cheerleaders do a routine to "Long Cool Woman" before school--one of those perfect recollections you take with you forever. Or of hearing "Yes I Will" for the very first time less than 10 years ago and practically imploding with joy upon joy. I could go on, of course, but Andrea and I wish you all the best, and to your wife. The good karma you've spread for so long must come back to you, many times over.
Greg and Andrea Ogarrio
San Francisco (rainy today), USA - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 18:27:25 (gmt)
ALLAN SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR RETIREMENT AND EVERYBODY I AM SURE WHO HAVE SEEN YOU AT THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE IN ESSEX WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THEIR TOWN IN YOUR TOURS. YOUR SOUNDS IN THE CENTRE WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
Basildon, Essex.England - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 17:58:56 (gmt)
Hi Rob, Please pass on to Allan good wishes and many thanks for nearly 40 years of great music. Allan's distinctive voice will be sadly missed but not forgotten. Good luck to the rest of the Hollies in 2000+.
Hayling Island, Hampshire - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 12:32:24 (gmt)
This is really a sad day in my life. With all respect to the other guys in the band, without Allan´s voice there won´t be much left of the Hollies sound. Just see what happened to the sound when my fellow Swede Mikael Rickfors was a poor substitute for Allan. We all respect your decision and wish you all the best. My only regret is that I only got to see you once, in Stockholm back in ´84, and that was really a night to remember. Good luck to the rest of the band as well, but as I said this is a sad, sad day for me and I´m sure for many other fans.
Örebro, Sweden - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 07:55:56 (gmt)
Although I wish Allan and Jenny much happiness in their retirement, I have to admit to being a little teary eyed at the news. Thanks for so much wonderful music and so many happy memories. All the very best to you and yours.
Peterborough, Canada - Saturday, February 5, 2000, 02:15:28 (gmt)
Great site Rob.
Sad news about Allan's retirement but as a lifelong fan I wish him and his family health and happiness.
Sion Mills, Co Tyrone, Ireland - Friday, February 4, 2000, 23:34:15 (gmt)
Allan, Thank you for the (musical) best years of my life. I grew up with the Hollies-sound, and I'm glad, that I got all the records (also your solo records) Thanks again, and I wish you and your wife a good and above all a healthy life. Off course a welcome to the new man in the band.
Hilvarenbeek, Holland - Friday, February 4, 2000, 21:44:17 (gmt)
Thanks Allan, and good luck. I never tire of hearing you sing "Soldier's Song"
Maidenhead, UK - Friday, February 4, 2000, 20:29:46 (gmt)
Hi Allan, we had a great time listening to your voice and watching the Hollies concerts during so many years. I remember a special minute backstage in Düsseldorf a couple of years ago. It was the first time you signed a bottle with your autograph (your own words). And it was in Braunschweig about 11 years ago, when you have been angry because of no catering after the gig and Rod Shields got a red face trying to arrange some food for some poor hungry boys. I'm sure you remember many more interesting things than those. But it has been part of your life - what a successful one. Millions of people know and love your voice and the Hollies songs. You can be proud and satisfied. Have a good time, all the best for you and your family. Take care!
P.S. It was a great pleasure for me to help Ulli Eichblatt laying out the German Hollies Up Front Magazine a couple of years ago.
Leverkusen, Germany - Friday, February 4, 2000, 18:59:51 (gmt)
So sad to hear the news about Allan's retirement, I'm particularly gutted because I've never gotten a chance to see the Hollies in concert. Allan has one of the best voices in rock EVER!! I will miss him a lot, the Hollies won't be the same without you. Wish you all the happiness in the future, lots of love. XXX
Thatcham, England - Friday, February 4, 2000, 18:56:51 (gmt)
Thank you Allan - for bringing joy and inspiration through the best years of my life!
Porsgrunn, Norway - Friday, February 4, 2000, 13:37:17 (gmt)
To quote Chad and Jeremy, "all good things must end someday..."
Although this news is not unexpected, it non-the-less comes as a heavy blow. That blow is somewhat softened by the exciting news not only of the next tour and new recordings, but also by the vast recordings and memories Allan has given us over the last 35+ years, and the knowledge that Allan is walking away on his own terms. Nothing however can completely remove the sadness at this time.
I have greatly admired Allan's talents for the past 20 years, have seem him perform live 12 times in that time period, and had the pleasure of meeting him on 3 occasions - including briefly in Hanley before his final show! That will be the fuel for a lot of good memories in the future.
To Allan I'd just like to say thanks for all the great music. The comments from so many from all over the world testify to your enduring place in the world of music and in the hearts of many! I hope that one day yet we may see you on stage with Tony and Bobby and the rest of the boys at your long deserved induction to the R&R Hall of Fame!
All the best to you!
Denville, NJ, USA - Friday, February 4, 2000, 21:44:17 (gmt)
A very big Hollies/Allan Clarke fan from Denmark, like to say it's a very bad bad day to hear that you "The Voice of The Hollies" has decided to retire from The Hollies. I will wish you and your wife all luck in the future, Allan and I'm very glad that I have been on Langelands festival '98 to see and hear The Hollies live with you.
Ove Steen Pedersen
Viborg, Denmark - Friday, February 4, 2000, 00:00:43 (gmt)
I wish Allan and Jennie all the best on his retirement and hope they have a long and happy retirement together. You will be sadly missed and I feel as though part of my life is over, I have followed the Hollies since I was 12 and you were always my favourite. I just hope you and Jennie will be happy and healthy cos that is what matters most of all.
I would just like to welcome Carl Wayne and hope he has a long and successful career with the lads. I am looking forward to seeing him when the new tour comes to Glasgow. THEY ARE COMING TO GLASGOW I HOPE????
Thanks for the wonderfully happy memories of all the times I have seen him perform and met him. So take care Allan. I treasure these memories very much.
love and hugs from
Glasgow, Bonny Scotland - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 23:40:19 (gmt)
The news is not true. Allan has not retired, he is just performing for a select few, his wife and family and this will be his best performance. Thank you for the memories,the music and for your time when I accosted you in the street in Kidderminster in May 1998. We know we don't have to "Find you a Family" you already have one. Enjoy.
Sydney, Australia - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 22:44:47 (gmt)
Allan Clarke has been my favourite singer since November 1966; my only regret is that he was not given the recognition he deserved here in the U.S. It was my greatest pleasure to have met him in October 1997 after a concert. My hope is that he releases a collection of his solo material on CD in the near future; I particularly like the first three albums. Best to you and Jeni and thanks for all the great music.
Redwood City CA,. USA - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 21:50:47 (gmt)
ALLAN, JUST THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT. YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN SUCH AN INSPIRATION.
Halifax, UK - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 2:54:17 (gmt)
May I take this opportunity to wish Allan and Jeni all the very best for the future and may you both have a long and happy retirement. What sad news for both Hollies and Hollies fans alike, you will be greatly missed! THE voice of the Hollies for so many brilliant years is a really hard act to follow but may I wish Carl Wayne and the boys in the band my good wishes and look forward to seeing you in Bath or Bristol very soon. Best Wishes to everyone, especially Allan and family.
Rich & Cherilyn Lanham
Bristol, England - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 20:47:31 (gmt)
Allan nothing but the best in the future, you will be missed
W.Collingswood, NJ, - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 20:37:17 (gmt)
Thank you for the music Allan ! -Could not have been better ! I wish you all well.
Solna . Sweden - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 19:50:46 (gmt)
Hi all, it was a great time. I saw THE HOLLIES this spring in Wimbledon Theatre, more than 30 years later than the first time in Tottenham. I wish Allan and his wife all the best, especially health. May they have a long long time together. The "new" HOLLIES couldn't be as the "old" ones, but I hope, their songs will be as good as all the ones I have on my CDs, MCs and singles.
Greetings to all HOLLIES-fans!
Börm, North Germany - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 19:18:32 (gmt)
It is a very sad day for me. I will miss you!! Of course for your future I wish you and your family all my very best of health and peace. And good luck! Thank you for all beautiful hours. I will bend you in good memories.
Bornheim, Germany - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 18:37:17 (gmt)
Dear Allan Clarke,
My father David Keating has been a fan of yours since you first began, following all of your tours around the country and keeping up to date with the Hollies news letters.When I was only 3 my father got me dancing to Hollies music and ever since then I have been a fan myself enjoying many concerts. We recently met you at the Hollies function to which I took my 2 year old little boy Brendon. You told me that I should not brain wash him but he enjoys dancing to your music as much as I did at his age. We understand that you now have other commitments and you will most certainly be missed by fans both young and old. We will continue to support The Hollies in whatever they do and wish you all the best in your retirement. Thanks for giving us so many years of pleasure lots of love.
David, Julie & Brendon Keating
Bournemouth, Dorset, England - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 18:37:17 (gmt)
I was devastated to hear the news today, but of course you and your family must come first. It's the end of an era. Good luck to you and your family in the future. Cheers
Harrow, England - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 17:14:42 (gmt)
I wish you the best with your upcoming retirement. You have given all of us SO MUCH for so many years...I wish all the joy and happiness the world can give to you and your family. Good Luck, and God bless.
West Pittston, PA, USA - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 18:37:17 (gmt)
Dear Dear Allan & family,
Well it all started in the 60's, we had a minor blip in the early 70's and since then with my Canadian wife and stepdaughter, now 17, we have attended many of your concerts. The group have been responsible for giving us a wondrous history of unique music, second only to the Beatles, whoever they were. The very best of health and good luck to you and your family Allan, it has been Unforgettable.
Pulborough,West Sussex, UK - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 11:48:17 (gmt)
I will miss You and your wonderful voice! At the same I support you in your "traumatic" decision. Good luck to you and your family in the future. Me and my fiends will forever remember a happy moment when we went from Sweden to hear your voice on the spring tour 1999. Man, you can sing and entertain! Happy that the guys will continue, and a welcome to Carl Wayne, another magic voice (I will pick up the Move-albums and hear "the grass grow).
Lund, Sweden - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 11:15:54 (gmt)
Dear Allan Clarke,
It's one of these days - bad news in the morning. I don't find the right words to say what this means to me and your fans all over the world. Thank you for all you gave to us - we will miss you. But anyway I wish you all the best for the future and as we all know - the show must go on. Thanks to Rob for this great site and thanks to The Hollies for staying with us in the future. Best wishes
Munich, Germany - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 07:35:17 (gmt)
Dear Allan Clarke
I will miss your God given talent...Unfortunate to me I never saw you in person...I will always remember you as a great artist and the joy your songs brought to me and all the fans....
Rob thank you for sending and posting this important notice to all.....Allan Clarke God bless you and your family...I am currently tracking down your career and I must say you are an icon to many...
La Verne, USA - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 05:51:12 (gmt)
Thank you for staying up ALL NIGHT, to post this message about Allan's retirement. To you, get to bed!
To Allan, thank you for all the beautiful vocals, the harmony, the solo albums, the charisma, the stares with those steely brown eyes, but more important, thank you for being you. I wish you and your family, peace, health and happiness ALWAYS...... So much you have given us, now we will give back (I hope, in some way). Cheers, and by the way, we love you Allan....and to your better half, we love you even more for sharing so much with so many of us......thank you very much.
Edmonton, Canada - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 05:43:17 (gmt)
Greetings from the land of Nash.
So sad to hear of Allan's departure. But although I've never heard Carl Wayne live in concert, it is kind of ironic that I am listening to the "Manfreds" CD as I got you message - and I do know that both Paul Jones and Carl have done well on the Andrew Lloyd Webber circuit. He is indeed a great vocalist in his own right - even though he was overshadowed in the Move by Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne!
I do hope that Carl will provide the impetus to bring the Hollies to our shores this time around. It would be fascinating to hear the three-prong harmonies of Wayne, Coates and Hicks.
Upland, California, USA - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 05:20:22 (gmt)
Happy Retirement, I hope you have a good, peaceful life. I also hope your wife is feeling fine. Good luck.
Adelaide, Australia - Thursday, February 3, 2000, 04:47:55 (gmt)