King Midas in Reverse

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"King Midas in Reverse"
Hollies - King Midas US.jpg
US picture sleeve
Single by The Hollies
B-sideUK: "Everything Is Sunshine"
US: "Water on the Brain"
ReleasedUK: 22 September 1967
Recorded3 & 4 August 1967
Abbey Road Studios[1]
GenrePsychedelic pop
LabelUK: Parlophone R5637
US: Epic 10234
Songwriter(s)Graham Nash
Allan Clarke
Tony Hicks
Producer(s)Ron Richards
The Hollies singles chronology
"Carrie Anne"
"King Midas in Reverse"
"Jennifer Eccles"
"Carrie Anne"
"King Midas in Reverse"
"Jennifer Eccles"

"King Midas in Reverse" is a song by British pop group The Hollies, written by Graham Nash but credited to Allan Clarke, Nash and Tony Hicks. It was released by The Hollies as single in September 1967 in anticipation of their album Butterfly.

Musical style[edit]

The track was a departure in style and influenced by Graham Nash's visits to America. Nash wanted to take the band in a new direction which was resisted by other members of the band, and this led to his departure and move to the United States. It was released in the UK on the Parlophone label (R5637) and in the US on the Epic label (10234). While a critical success, the song was a commercial failure by the Hollies' standards prompting them to write and record the more commercial song "Jennifer Eccles" for their next single.


Chart (1967) Peak
Australia (Go-Set)[2] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 31
Netherlands (Dutch Singles Chart)[4] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 51

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ The 30th Anniversary Collection (CD). The Hollies. EMI Records. 1993. D 202205.
  2. ^ "Go-Set Australian Charts – 22 November 1967". Pop Archives. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  3. ^ " – Hollies, The Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "The Hollies Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "DCL Locomotive – King Midas In Reverse". Retrieved 16 May 2013.

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