The Hollies

Jennifer Eccles

Composed by Allan Clarke / Graham Nash

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The Hollies had spent much of 1967 trying to get hipper and more complex, with only modest commercial and artistic success. "Jennifer Eccles," their first 1968 single, was in a sense a retreat to the safe havens of what the Hollies did best: cheerful love songs with excellent melodies and infectiously well-thought-out vocal harmonies. And, of course, quite commercial, which "Jennifer Eccles" was, making the Top Ten in the U.K. (though it only made number 40 in the U.S.). The verse had the kind of sing-song melody and la-de-dah schoolyard crush lyric that made it instantly accessible to teen, and perhaps just as much, pre-teen, buyers. The big hook of the chorus, other than the line with the title, was a whistle that simulated the kind of wolf whistles guys in old movies would give foxy women as they passed them on the street in the days when that was considered complimentary rather than sexist. A nice bridge with a melody somewhat more wistful than the verses led into the final run-through of the verse with another device that was to pass out of fashion after the '60s ended, the change to a higher key. Was it lightweight in the context of 1968 singles like, say, "Hey Jude" and "Street Fighting Man"? Yes. But it was still good, enduring as one of the Hollies' better hits, though the last one they did in their classic British Invasion pop style. The title, by the way, was a combination of the first name of Allan Clarke's wife and the maiden name of Graham Nash's first wife.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Hollies [Third Album] 1965 Disky
Evolution 1967 Sundazed 2:44
The Hollies Sing Dylan 1969 Rhino 2:43
No Image 1969
No Image 1975 EMI/EMSP
No Image 1975
No Image 1977 Teevee Records
20 Golden Greats 1978 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:55
The Best of the Hollies, Vol. 2 1983 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1988 Capitol
20 Years 198? Polydor 3:04
Epic Anthology 1990 Sbme Special Mkts.
No Image 1992 EMI Music Distribution
Air That I Breathe: The Very Best of EMI Classics 1993 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:55
30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993 1993 EMI Music Distribution 2:59
Sunny Afternoons [Polygram] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram 2:42
No Image 1995 Planet
Love Songs 1996 Parlophone 2:55
Very Best of the Hollies [1997] 1997 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
No Image 1997 EMI / Parlophone 2:55
Collection 1997 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 12:11
Essential Collection 1999 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:55
Collection, Vol. 3 1999 Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 2:44
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
The Hollies [Platinum Disc] 2000 Platinum Disc 2:44
Best of the 60's 2000 Disky
Centenary Collection: The Best of the Hollies 2001 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:55
Super Hits 2001 Sony Music Distribution 2:46
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 2:45
Greatest Hits 2003 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:43
Basic Original Hits 2004 Disky 2:43
The Ultra Selection 2005 Disky / Disky Communications 2:55
French Singles A's & B's 1966-1983 2006 Magic
1963-1979 2006 Magic France
On a Carousel, 1963-1974: The Ultimate Hollies 2006 Raven 3:01
Very Best of Heartbeat 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Dutch Collection 2007 EMI Music Distribution
Pop Charts Live 2007
Various Artists
Immortal
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 Capitol/EMI Records 3:00
Top of the Pops 1968 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is 1968 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 2:55
No Image 2008 EMI Music Distribution 3:00
Top of the Pops: Sixties 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 2:56
The  Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years: The Complete Hollies (April 1963-October 1968) 2011 Parlophone 2:55
Look Through Any Window 1963-1975 2011 Eagle Rock
The Very Best of the Hollies 2012 Music Club Deluxe 3:02
Radio Fun 2012 Parlophone 2:39
Honey Honey: The Sound of Bubblegum Pop 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:00
50 at Fifty 2014 Parlophone / Rhino 2:43
No Image Parlophone 2:55
20 Golden Greats/The Hollies Sing Dylan EMI / EMI Gold
No Image Parlophone 2:43
Midas Touch: Very Best of the Hollies Parlophone 2:55
Simply Sixties
Various Artists
Simply
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