Carrie Anne

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"Carrie Anne"
US Picture Sleeve
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 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[edit]

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] 9

Cover versions[edit]

  • The Slovak rendering "Je Môj Sen" was recorded in 1968 by Tatjana Hubinská.
  • American singer-songwriter Tommy Keene recorded a version that was included on his 2004 rarities compilation, Drowning—A Tommy Keene Miscellany. It was also included on the 1995 Eggbert Records release Sing Hollies in Reverse[10]
  • Ali Campbell covered the song on his 2010 album 'Great British Songs'. It was released as a UK single on 8 November 2010[11]
  • The B-side "Signs That Will Never Change" was recorded first by the Everly Brothers, released in 1966 on the Two Yanks in England album.
  • Shania Twain performed this song as a cover in her Las Vegas show, Shania: Still the One, running from December 2012 to December 2014.

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