Allan Clarke vocalist for the Hollies - Never Before Seen Photograph
Allan fronts The Hollies in 1977 London, England
Allan Clark: One of the most underrated singers of the 20th century, Allan Clarke will be remembered as the singer of "He Aint Heavy He's My Brother" and the lead vocolist of the Hollies for nearly 40 years. A powerful and passionate singer in the same class as Roy Orbison, he never let fame go to his head and remains a remarkably down to earth person. He left the Hollies three times, once in 1972 to go solo but returned when the band almost fell apart without him. Clarke recorded "Born to Run" a few months before Bruce Springsteen, but becase of delays with the record company it was not released until after Springsteen's version. Ultimately, Clarke's cover did not generate much attention. The Hollies also recorded "Sandy”, a minor hit written by Springsteen on their Another Night album.In 2000 he quit for good due to his wife's health, and also because he was losing his singing voice, brought on by years of drinking, smoking, singing out of vocal range on numerous occasions, and insisting on singing lead in concert instead of taking turns with the other Hollies' vocalists.