The Hollies are a British rock group best known for their distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. They became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and into the mid 1970s. The band was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962 as a Merseybeat type music group in Manchester, although some of the band members came from towns further north in East Lancashire.
Bus Stop is a song recorded and released as a single 1966. It reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart and it was The Hollies' first US top ten hit, also reaching #5 on the Billboard charts in September of that year. It was written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman, who also penned major hits for The Yardbirds and Herman's Hermits.
With the release of this single The Hollies joined the trend known as raga rock, a subgenre first popularised by The Beatles, The Byrds and The Kinks. Musicologist William Echard highlights the guitar solo and its sitar-like sound as an indicator of the Indian musical element evident in the song.
In a 1976 interview Gouldman said the idea for Bus Stop had come while he was riding home from work on a bus. The opening lines were written by his father, playwright Hyme Gouldman. Graham continued with the rest of the song in his bedroom, apart from the middle-eight, which he finished while riding to work – a men's outfitters...on the bus the next day.
Thirty years later he elaborated on the song's beginnings: "I had the title and I came home one day and my dad said 'I've started something on that Bus Stop idea you had, and I'm going to play it for you. He'd written 'Bus stop, wet day, she's there, I say please share my umbrella' and it's like when you get a really great part of a lyric or, I also had this nice riff as well, and when you have such a great start to a song it's kind of like the rest is easy. It's like finding your way onto a road and when you get onto the right route, you just follow it."
The design on the front of this t-shirt is a replication of the front cover of their impossible to find 1967 Japanese 14-track stereo LP, the group's second release in Japan with an alternative track running order. Well it appealed to us! The famous first lines are on the shoulder print.