I arrived at QVC on Thursday in the early afternoon to meet with the Hollies as we were recording the show to be aired on the Friday morning. It couldn’t be done live as their schedule was so hectic and they couldn’t be there for the live showing on Friday.
Having worked along side Caroline, my coordinating producer, for a few weeks we were ready to meet with these guys who, according to the Guinness Book of Singles, had more hits in the 60s and 70s than the Beatles! Now that's something!
Also they had just received an Ivor Novello award for their contribution to the British music industry and have been introduced into the American Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame!
With a 25-date UK tour behind them, they have also just released the two albums we were excited about bringing you. 'Midas Touch' (their greatest hits) and 'Then, Now, Always', their latest album. I love listening to 'I Would Fly'!
They've worked with some amazing writers; people who have worked wIth Kylie Minogue, Westlife, Charlotte Church, Mark Ronson (who made Amy Winehouse famous!) and Mika to name but a few!
They were doing a sound check on our arrival and were the nicest, down-to-earth guys you could ever meet. Bobby and Tony, the two original members and the heart of the band, were great guys who introduced me to the newish members!
Peter Howarth the lead singer, Steve Lauri on guitar and Ray Stiles who used to be a member of Mud! We had a chat about the show as they had never done anything like home shopping before. The show was all recorded out of sync so to see it live on QVC on the Friday was fabulous. Nothing was edited, just all pieced together in the right order.
They sounded amazing in rehearsal and you just couldn't help but love the songs and feel so rock 'n' roll. 'The Air That I Breathe', a global success and 'He Ain't Heavy', a UK number one on its re-release in 1988 were both fantastic!
The band oozes heritage, talent and love for what they do. You may remember other great hits such as 'Bus Stop', 'Carrie Anne', 'I'm Alive' (their first number one), 'On a Carousel', 'Just One Look' and 'Stop Stop Stop'.
We did two separate interviews for the live airings and had time to chat and take pictures in between. We discovered that I knew a few singers and dancers they knew from my West End theatre days. Small world, huh? Interesting to catch up on the old days.
So refreshing to meet such a nice group of guys who have had, and continue to have, so much success. We were tight for time as I had been asked to do the show with Nikki from Lola Rose and Harald Glöckler too! It was a close shave; finished with the Hollies at 4.50pm then on at 5pm with Carole Hochman sleepwear, slipped on a bathrobe over my jumpsuit and removed the six-inch heels! Now that was a tough one, but with only a few minutes to go that was the only way round the change!
Then with a scheduling slip Ali was in the building but didn’t realise that she was on for 6pm with Gayle Hayman. Dicky put out a search party and eventually tracked her down whilst I held the fort. It was a little crazy!
Ali took over as I had to get changed for Harald Glöckler…after all, I couldn’t wear a bath robe could I? Any excuse to get the heels back on. I had such a short space of time but Julia was my saving grace! She was backstage and helped me into my long Harald Glöckler dress. It was a little big on the bust so she pinned it for me.
We had 10 minutes and in TV terms that is a long time! It didn't feel like it mind! It was so tight for time that I literally only saw Nikki and Harald as we went live! Having been friends of theirs for a long time we just slipped into the show with ease. With the fabulous Harald, Prince of Fashion, showtime began without a hitch. I love him, he's adorable!
It was an exhausting but exhilarating day and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Have you seen the Hollies live or met them? I'd love to hear your stories! Oh, and I will be glued to Living TV for Harald's show this week! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it too!