Graham Nash

It’s Graham’s birthday today, so what better excuse could you possibly need to play all your favourites as written and sung throughout a distinguished career; first with The Hollies, then with Crosby, Stills & Nash and later with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as solo (five solo albums to date and counting, not including last year’s three-disc career retrospective, Reflections, which boasts over 30 previously unreleased tracks), and not forgetting session work (On an Island being one such case you can all recall without even trying)?

Best known for helping to create the most flawless of harmonies and for penning deeply meaningful lyrics, as well as for all those much-loved pop classics of the early Sixties, Graham, of resolute social conscience, has also been a loyal campaigner for issues that mean most to him, such as environmental causes (establishing NukeFree.org, for example).

He also gave his support – and song – to help Gary McKinnon’s campaign to challenge his extradition on charges of computer hacking. If you missed it or just want to enjoy it again, you can find ‘Chicago (Change the World)’ featuring David, Chrissie Hynde and Bob Geldof, with all-important download links, here.

Did you know that Graham is also a keen photographer and collector of photographs? If you share a passion for photography, have a look and perhaps, in addition to sharing which of Graham’s songs you like best, you can also comment on his diverse collection – there’s plenty to listen to whilst you browse.

Aside from the obvious (‘Just One Look’*, ‘Carrie Anne’, ‘Dear Eloise’, ‘King Midas in Reverse’, ‘Teach Your Children’, ‘Marrakesh Express’), a selection of my favourites would have to include ‘Postcard’, ‘Southbound Train’, ‘Helplessly Hoping’, ‘Liar’s Nightmare’, ‘Military Madness’ and this one, ‘On the Line’.

As a life-long Hollies fan, I’m really pleased to say that they will – finally! – be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month in a ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria. It’s about bloody time, too.

Congratulations, and Happy Birthday, Graham.

* ‘Just One Look’, you may not know, was co-written by one Doris Troy/Payne, probably best remembered ’round these parts for being one of the acclaimed female backing vocalists on The Dark Side of the Moon. Here’s her 1963 original.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

39 thoughts on “Graham Nash”

  1. Is there a British 60s band more under-rated than the Hollies? Surely the Manchester Beatles who continued to release great singles a long time after Graham left and well into the 1970s, some time after some of their peers lost that winning formula.

  2. Congratulations, and Happy Birthday, Graham.

    Yes, happy birthday! What A career!!

    FEd: The Real Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (TM) is in our heads and nowhere else. 😉

    Best regards

    Taki

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  4. Sei un grande David e resterai NELLA STORIA ancora per molto tempo! Grazie di esistere. 😀

  5. I have seen CSN twice: in 1979, if memory serves, at an anti-nuke rally in New York that was right across the street from the World Trade Center. One song that I remember was “Chicago.”

    And I saw them again in 1992 or 93 at a rally in Portland, Oregon, to preserve the remaining 1% of the once-vast ancient Redwood Forest. The trees in question were there when Christopher Columbus got lost and thought he was in India. And the trees in question are the size of the Statue of Liberty, making them physically the largest living things on this planet.

    Anyway, in Portland Crosby, Nash, and Neil Young did solo sets before CSN did their set as a band. As a finale, it was CSNY and they played “Woodstock” and “Southern Man.” Phish did an a-capella set. It was a really special event that Graham Nash was a big part of.

  6. You always learn something new on davidgilmourblog.com and it’s great.

    Today for me, it was about Doris Troy, her contribution to DSOTM and her ‘Just One Look’. I like it, it rocks and sounds much better than many of the dull songs of these days. Great voice too.

    I have read that the song had been used in a (lovely) Pepsi TV commercial in the 90s with Cindy Crawford. Enjoy the video, everyone. 😛

    Michèle

    1. Ah, that takes me back. Back to when Pepsi cans were red, not blue, and those nice people at Cadbury (yeah, before they sold out to a friggin’ plastic cheese company and joined Mars and Nestlé on my Boycott list) made the Coconut Boost.

      Cue Mary Hopkin

    2. before they sold out to a friggin’ plastic cheese company and joined Mars and Nestlé on my Boycott list…

      FEd,

      Does that mean you now enjoy Hershey’s chocolate or is that too low class for you and you are a Godiva or Lindt guy?

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. Cadbury (yeah, before they sold out to a friggin’ plastic cheese company

      And Birmingham is hurting.

    4. Does that mean you now enjoy Hershey’s chocolate or is that too low class for you and you are a Godiva or Lindt guy?

      I’ve never tried Hershey’s or Godiva, actually, and I’m not sure that it’s even possible for anything chocolatey to be too low class. Lindt’s now the one for me. Also Divine.

      Please don’t tell me that they’re involved in animal testing. (Well, do.)

    5. I’ve never tried Hershey’s

      Imagine chewing a chocolate scented candle – very similar.

    6. Does this make you feel better?

      They were apparently considering the Cadbury sale as well but withdrew early on as it was apparent that the cost was getting out of hand.

      I have to say that in my opinion, Hershey’s is one of the best American companies out there. They have a good product and a good approach. They even have a small amusement park in Pennsylvania that my kids love to go to and it is a great place for a family to visit.

      One example of their rules. There is a water park and a non-water park. In the water park you can waltz around in your bathing suit but once you enter the non-water park you better get dressed. Men can’t walk around shirtless and women need to cover up their bikinis. And they enforce these rules. Just brings a nice level of class to the place.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    7. Many thanks for the information, Andrew. I’ll bear that in mind. Mars Candy Kills indeed. (Was that subtle enough, do you think? Sod it, I hope people click and see for themselves what they’re funding with every bag of M&Ms.)

      I noticed the Boycott Iams campaign, too. Don’t ever get me started on pet food. I cook for my dogs now, it was driving me crazy trying to find products and brands that sat easily on my conscience.

    8. before they sold out to a friggin’ plastic cheese company…

      A ‘plastic cheese company’, are you referring to Kraft? This article might surprise – or maybe irritate – you. 😉

    9. Sustainable chocolate, eh? Mars, too (by 2020). That is admirable.

      I doubt that the many rodents having chocolate ingredients injected into their jugular veins will appreciate the sudden concern for ethics, though. If only they could talk.

      Thanks for the link, Michèle.

    10. Imagine chewing a chocolate scented candle – very similar.

      Lorraine! that is the most accurate description ever. All American chocolate is waxy.

    11. Sorry to kind of run off course here but I saw this and this really bothers me. Aren’t there other ways to quiet your dog? Isn’t this going just a tad too far?

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    12. Scratch the words ‘we don’t need no education’!

      Because apparently some of us do. I didn’t know they did animal testing for chocolate!!! That makes no sense to me. Guess diet isn’t the only reason for me to quit eating M&Ms and Mars bars, etc. (Godiva is too expensive.)

      Nash’s photos are quite whimsical and arty. Has quite an ‘eye’.

      Jan

    13. I saw this and this really bothers me. Aren’t there other ways to quiet your dog? Isn’t this going just a tad too far?

      More than just a tad, I’d say. Although, that said, I do quite like the idea of silencing toddlers and spoilt children in public places. A gag would probably suffice.

      In other news, I tried Hershey’s chocolate today. One very orange bar of Reese’s NutRageous. Not bad at all.

      I also forgot that we still have Fox’s biscuits. Long live the Rocky bar and its hilarious British Biscuit Advisory Board advertising campaign.

      Over you already, Cadbury.

    14. Although, that said, I do quite like the idea of silencing toddlers and spoilt children in public places. A gag would probably suffice.

      When I added that link I had a similar thought and I did think that you would say something like that. 😀

      Glad you enjoyed your Hershey experience. I certainly enjoy Lindt and Godiva as well but Hershey is a decent non-premium brand contrary to what others may think here. Some other good chocolate to try if you get the chance is:

      Teuscher (expensive but well worth it)
      Ghirardelli (an American premium-chocolate company)

      Don’t believe either one does any animal testing with their product.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  7. I hope you don’t mind me leaving a comment on your marvellous blog, to thank you for your tribute to Graham Nash.

    Mr. Gilmour, you yourself happen to have done a wonderful job collaborating with this fellow, who was part of my childhood as the voice that added so much to the Hollies, a building block in my teens as a member of CSN, and someone it’s been too easy to take for granted as a musical influence. (I may be an amateur, but I learned how to harmonize listening to his music!)

    Thank you – and keep up your own good work! After all, Graham’s in good company!

  8. Happy Birthday, Graham!! I had no idea he wrote the Gary McKinnon “Chicago (We Can Change the World)” song, actually written according to one source in 1968. That was a great piece of work and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

    Graham is truly an English jewel, so talented and articulate in his verse and music.

    I hope you have a great time today!

  9. I would like to wish Graham Happy Birthday also. He was sublime at the RAH. I always loved The Hollies and am now discovering his work with CSN and CSNY.

    I’m just this minute looking at his photos and listening to the songs you suggested FEd. “Southbound Train” is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

    This blog is a wonderful way to find new songs to listen to. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Jo; I feel the same way.

      It is a beautiful song with beautiful words:

      “Liberty, laughing and shaking your head
      Can you carry the torch that’ll bring home the dead
      To the land of their fathers whose lives you have led
      To the station at the edge of the town
      On the southbound train going down?”

      I’d highly recommend the Crosby & Nash (live) album, Another Stoney Evening, for more of the same mellow, acoustic harmonising.

  10. I’ve never seen anybody on stage as happy as Graham was at the Royal Albert Hall… like a dog with 2…

  11. Happy Birthday Graham! You made those nights at the Albert extra special.

    Think I’ll go put my Remember That Night DVD on. 🙂

  12. Lindt’s now the one for me.

    Yum! I love their white chocolate coconut. (Of which I eat only small portions at a time.)

    Penny

  13. Truly a beautiful soul. 🙂

    Happy squirted-onto-Earth day, Mr. Nash! Your music has surely brought joy to my heart.

    Ta!

  14. David la tua musica ti avvolge e ti entra dentro come un fluido vitale, ha la capacità di rigenerare le energie perse, di colmare gli spazi vuoti.

    Sei la dimostrazione vivente che la “MUSICA” quella giusta, è qualche cosa che va oltre le pure operazioni commerciali, oltre le apparenze estetiche, viene da dentro, dal cuore, ecco, tu David hai un grande cuore. Insomma, nell’era delle nanotecnologie, dei viaggi spaziali, tu li metti ancora tutti in riga e sono le canzoni di 40 anni fa a procurare ancora forti emozioni. Spero di poterti vedere “LIVE” prossimamente, magari a Londra.

    Ora ti saluto, scusa per l’italiano ma se avessi scritto in inglese ti avrei fatto ridere.

    Come dici tu in,

    thank you very much indeed.

    Andrea

  15. Thanks for sharing, FEd, I didn’t know he is a photographer too.

    Happy Birthday to Graham, and how long do we have to wait for a “Crosby, Gilmour & Nash” album if you please?

  16. Happy Birthday to Graham! Such a talented man, dedicated social/environmental activist and a gentle soul, as well. 🙂 It will be fantastic seeing him recognized for his early musical contributions by (finally) being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his former bandmates.

    I’ve been lucky enough to see/hear Graham five times in person — twice as CSN&Y, once as CS&N, and twice with David Gilmour 🙂 (at The Kodak Theater and The Tonight Show). I’d love to have any one of those experiences again… actually, I’d love to have ALL of those experiences again! :))

    I didn’t know that The Hollies had covered ‘Just One Look’ by Doris Troy, or, if I did, I lost those particular brain cells sometime back in the ’60s or ’70s!

    ‘Just One Look’ was/is a huge favorite of mine, along with ‘Love Letters’ by Ketty Lester, and ‘He’s A Rebel’ by The Crystals (even though it wasn’t REALLY The Crystals, but that’s another story), all three of which have a certain tinkling-piano intro groove that I just love!

    Peace ‘n’ Love to you all!

    1. Good tunes, Gabrielle. Ketty Lester should always be followed by the great Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’, as on the Blue Velvet soundtrack, in my view.

  17. Best wishes Graham, the backing vocalist of the Floyd in Echoes is really but really extraordinary.

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