Artist Info

Tony Hicks

There isn't a separate entry on Tony Hicks in most music guides, mostly because he has only been a member of one group, the Hollies, in the course of nearly 40 years as a professional musician, and has never pursued a solo career. Yet his guitar is one of the most distinctive and enduring sounds to come out of the British Invasion, and much of his playing on those classic records is still recognizable to millions of listeners at the outset of the 21st century as surely as is the work of George Harrison, Keith Richards, or Pete Townshend. And his work on the sitar, dulcimer, banjo, and other unusual instruments in the psychedelic era made him nearly as distinct a voice through the Hollies as Brian Jones or George Harrison were through the Rolling Stones or the Beatles, respectively.