Carrie Anne

"Carrie Anne"

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Single by The Hollies
B-side "Signs That Will Never Change"
Released 26 May 1967 (1967-05-26)[1]
Format 7" 45rpm
Recorded 1 May 1967 at EMI studios, London[1]
Genre Power pop, pop rock
Length 2:55[2]
Label UK: Parlophone R 5602[1]
US: Epic 10180
Writer(s) Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks
Producer(s) Ron Richards
The Hollies singles chronology
"On a Carousel"
"Carrie Anne"
(May 1967)
"King Midas In Reverse"
(September 1967)

"Carrie Anne" is a song written by Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks and released by British pop rock group The Hollies. The song was recorded on 1 May 1967 and was released as a single in the same month by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and Epic Records in the United States. It became a hit in 1967, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also a hit in the US and Canada, peaking at #9 on both pop charts. It also reached No.4 in the Irish charts.

Actress Carrie-Anne Moss was named (by her mother) in honor of the song, which was released three months before her birth.

Conception and recording

According to Allan Clarke the song was written during a concert the group did with Tom Jones and the song was written mainly by Graham Nash and Tony Hicks with Allan Clarke supplying the lyrics for the middle eight.[1] In 1995, Graham Nash revealed that he had written the song for Marianne Faithfull but was "too shy" to use her real name.[3] The song was recorded in only two takes on 1 May 1967 at EMI's Abbey Road Studios. The first take was a false start and can be heard on the compilation The Hollies at Abbey Road: 1966 to 1970.

The song appeared on the soundtrack of Michael Apted's 1974 movie Stardust.


Chart (1967) Peak
Australia (Go-Set)[4] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Singles Chart)[6] 4
Norway (VG-Lista)[7] 7
United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart)[8] 3
United States Billboard Hot 100 9

Cover versions


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  4. "Go-Set Australian Charts –9 August 1967". Pop Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
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  8. "The Hollies – Carrie-Anne". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
  9. Roch Parisien (1995-08-29). "Sing Hollies in Reverse - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  10. "Ali Campbell: Dub been good to me". Retrieved 2016-09-30.

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