I'm Alive (The Hollies song)

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"I'm Alive"
Single by The Hollies
B-side "You Know He Did" (L. Ransford)
Released UK: 21 May 1965
US: June 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded 5 May 1965
Abbey Road Studios[1]
Length 2:21
Label UK: Parlophone R5287[2]
US: Imperial 66119
Writer(s) Clint Ballard, Jr.[2]
Producer(s) Ron Richards[2]
The Hollies singles chronology
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"

"I'm Alive" is a 1965 number-one UK hit single by The Hollies.[3] It was written for them by the US songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr.,[2] who also had chart-topping hits with Linda Ronstadt, Wayne Fontana and Jimmy Jones. However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their mind and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks at number one in the UK, and was also a No 1 hit in Ireland.[4] This song appears on the US version of the 1965 Hollies album, Hear! Here!.

The song was covered by Gamma in 1979 on their debut album, Gamma 1.


Chart (1965) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 16
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 1


  1. ^ The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 93. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ "Hollies information page". Hollies.co.uk. 1965-09-01. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Hollies, The Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Hollies – I'm Alive" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Hollies – I'm Alive". VG-lista.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1965-06-26" UK Singles Chart.
Preceded by
"Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley
UK number-one single
24 June 1965
8 July 1965
Succeeded by
"Crying in the Chapel" by Elvis Presley
"Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds