Bernie Calvert

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Bernie Calvert
Birth name Bernard Bamford Calvert
Born (1942-09-16) 16 September 1942 (age 72)
Brierfield, England
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1960s-present
Associated acts The Hollies
Rickie Shaw and The Dolphins
Bread and Beer Band

Bernard Bamford Calvert (16 September 1942, Brierfield, Lancashire, England) played bass guitar and keyboards with The Hollies from 1966 until 1981.[1]


He worked with several rock and roll groups during the early 1960s, most notably Rickie Shaw and the Dolphins, where he worked with future Hollies Tony Hicks and Bobby Elliott. Originally a pianist, Calvert, on Hicks's suggestion, switched to bass.

After the break-up of the Dolphins, Calvert played in a number of semi-professional outfits. However, unable to advance his musical career, Calvert took a factory job until he was asked to substitute for Hollies' then bassist, Eric Haydock, in a tour of Scandinavia. After the tour, Calvert played on an Everly Brothers album, and on the Hollies' single, "Bus Stop", before returning to his factory job. Shortly after that, he was invited to join the Hollies permanently in 1966.

Calvert was friends with Mama Cass Elliot from The Mamas & the Papas.

Calvert was delighted when, on an American tour, jazz bassist Ray Brown approached him and praised his bass playing on "Bus Stop".[citation needed]

Calvert also played piano, organ and harpsichord with the group, and composed their instrumental, "Reflections of a Long Time Past".

In 1969, Calvert was invited to play bass on a still-unreleased album with the Bread and Beer band, which included Caleb Quaye, Roger Pope, Elton John and two Jamaican percussionists, Lennox & Rolfo.

Calvert left The Hollies in 1981, and is now playing with a Catholic church music group in Clitheroe, Lancashire. He still performs at local venues for charity, playing classic songs from the Hollies' era. Recently, he has been joined on stage by his son Mark, playing lead guitar.

Calvert is currently busy writing and recording new material, with his friend and well known local musician, John Maycraft.


On 24 September 2009 the Hollies were nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame[11], and on 18 December 2009 were announced as inductees, to be inducted on 15 March 2010. They were represented at the RRHOF ceremony by Clarke, Nash, Sylvester, Eric Haydock and Calvert.

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  1. ^ "The Hollies at Manchester Beat". Retrieved 30 January 2010.