MANCHESTER, England (CelebrityAccess) Eric Haydock, 75, original bassist for The Hollies, has died at his home in England.
“In the early 1960’s Eric was one of the finest bass players on the planet,” drummer Billy Elliott wrote, according to the Sun. “Along with Tony, Eric and I were the rhythm section that created the springboard for Clarke Hicks and Nash to launch that famous three-way Hollies harmony. On the early package tours, Dave Clark, the Kinks and artists of the period would watch from the wings as we effortlessly rocked the screaming theatre audiences into a frenzy.
“Although Eric left the Hollies in 1966, I occasionally listen enthralled by our BBC and Abbey Road recording sessions and dear Eric masterfully playing his six string bass.
Haydock left the band in 1966 over a management dispute, prior to the band releasing hits like “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” and “The Air That I Breathe.”
Graham Nash left the group in 1968 to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.
The Hollies were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010.