Terry Sylvester

Born Jan 8, 1947

Terry Sylvester, was the guitarist/singer with The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Hollies. In the latter guise, he took on the high parts formerly sung by Graham Nash, who left the band in December 1968.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Terry Sylvester.


1947 Birth Born on January 8, 1947.


1966 19 Years Old In 1966, Sylvester began a three-year stint with the Swinging Blue Jeans, replacing guitarist/vocalist Ralph Ellis.


1969 22 Years Old His debut with The Hollies in January 1969 saw him sing on the UK chart hit singles; "Sorry Suzanne" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", plus on the albums Hollies Sing Dylan and Hollies Sing Hollies (both 1969), which debuted Sylvester's songwriting. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old In addition to high harmony vocals, Sylvester also sang a brief lead vocal section on the 1970 UK hit, "Gasoline Alley Bred" (sung mostly by Allan Clarke).
1972 25 Years Old He then took on a greater share of responsibilities during the 1972–73 period, when Swedish vocalist, Mikael Rickfors, temporarily replaced Clarke.
1973 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Sylvester sang on "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" on The Hollies 1973 US tour and on American television appearances. … Read More


1978 31 Years Old In 1978, Sylvester issued the non-album singles; "Too Bad Lucy Jane" and "Silver and Gold" in the UK, but these also failed to chart. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old After a period of discontent, partly over musical policy, Sylvester split with the Hollies in May 1981, in an incident that precipitated the resignation of bassist Bernie Calvert. … Read More


1994 47 Years Old A further solo album, I Believe in Love appeared in 1994, comprising live versions of both his Hollies and solo recorded songs, plus covers such as "It Never Rains in Southern California", from a concert recorded on 20 March 1994 in Germany. … Read More


2010 63 Years Old In 2010, as a member of the Hollies, Sylvester was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Graham Nash, Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Bobby Elliott, Bernie Calvert and Eric Haydock.
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