The latest in an ever-growing list of legendary musicians to sell the music, The Hollies‘ back catalogue has been acquired by BMG. Including their classic 1972 ‘Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress),’ the iconic 1960s group’s recordings from their “golden period in the US,”are now owned by the major label.
In a statement about the purchase The Hollies said “BMG’s history as a trusted custodian of some of music’s greatest works assures we know our music and legacy will continue to live on for generations to come.”
BMG’s President of Repertoire and Marketing, Thomas Scherer, added: “The Hollies spearheaded the ‘British Invasion’ of the Sixties, and we are delighted to have secured rights to their golden period in the US, including Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress). “We are honored to represent their continuing creative legacy.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who marked their 60th anniversary with a live tour in 2022, are set to embark on a new trek continuing the milestone celebration. Featuring original members Bobby Elliott and Tony Hicks, the jaunt begins starts September 16 in Blackburn at King George’s Hall and will run through November 9 at the London Palladium.
In addition to Bobby, the drummer, and lead guitarist Tony, the lineup will also include lead singer Peter Howarth, bass player Ray Stiles, keyboardist Ian Parker and rhythm guitarist Steve Lauri.
Those attending their shows can expect to hear all the hits, including ‘Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)’, ‘The Air That I Breathe’, ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ and ‘Bus Stop’.
Throughout their history the British band spent 263 weeks on the UK TOP 40 charts and they’ve performed continuously since forming in 1962, and their music has been featured in movies and adverts over the years.
In 1995, the Hollies were awarded an Ivor Novello for their outstanding contribution to British music, and in 2010, the group was inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in recognition of their “impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of Rock and Roll.”