Terry Sylvester was born on the 8th January 1947 in Liverpool, England. His father James, a jazz trombone player, introduced him to music at an early age. He was raised in the Allerton area of Liverpool, and lived in the next road to Paul & Mike McCartney. He left school just before his 15th birthday and worked for one year as an apprentice panel beater for Peter Harrison, (George Harrison's older brother). At 16 he turned pro, & was sharing the stage with the Beatles regularly in and around Liverpool and at the world famous Cavern Club, fronting his own group the Escorts. When the Beatles appeared at the Cavern for the last time on the 3rd August 1963, Terry & the Escorts were invited by the Beatles to be on the same bill.
In August 1965, the Escorts were appearing with the Hollies at the 'Hit House Club' in Munich Germany. When a couple of members of the Escorts were taken ill before the show, Graham Nash & Allan Clarke from the Hollies graciously filled in for them, and performed with Terry for the first time. In January 1966 when guitarist Ralph Ellis decided to leave the Swinging Blue Jeans, the then 18 year old Terry was asked to join the group.
The SWINGING BLUE JEANS
The Swinging Blue Jeans had a number of hit records including 'Hippy Hippy Shake', 'Good Golly Miss Molly' & 'You're No Good'. From 1966 to 1969 Terry toured the UK and Europe continuously, and appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. In 1968 when they were touring Czechoslovakia, a lucky tip from a high ranking fan enabled them to leave the country the day before Russia invaded.
In December 1968, Graham Nash left the Hollies to form Crosby, Stills, & Nash. The remaining members of the Hollies remembered Terry from Munich, contact was made & the rest, as they say is history. Terry's first single with the Hollies 'Sorry Suzanne' reached number 3 in the UK charts and established the group once again as a top ten hit making act. Terry's first album 'Hollies Sing Dylan' went even further, all the way to number 1. Soon after they recorded 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', with the then unknown session man Elton John playing piano. The song became a world wide hit, and remains to this day an anthem for those who choose to help people less fortunate than themselves. More hits followed including the follow up single 'I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top', U.S. number 1 'Long Cool Woman, In A Black Dress', 'Long Dark Road', 'Gasoline Ally Bred', and the 1974 universal classic love song, 'The Air That I Breathe'.
During the 1970's the Hollies toured extensively, performing in North & South America, Australia the Far East, & Europe. Also, during this period the trio of Sylvester-Clarke-Hicks wrote a good number of the Hollies songs. In 1975 they recorded what many people regard as their finest album, 'Another Night'. Christchurch, New Zealand in 1976 was the location & year for the 'Hollies Live' album that still sounds fresh today. Sony re-released it in 1998 on CD titled, "Live Hits The Hollies".
Terry also wrote songs for himself and released a solo album. The album 'I Believe', recorded at Abbey Road Studios and produced by Alan Parsons and the Hollies long time producer Ron Richards, was re-released in 1997 in CD format. The cover photograph of the US release was taken by famous UK photographer David Bailey. In 1975 Terry was asked by Alan Parsons to sing the critically acclaimed final song 'To One In Paradise' on The Alan Parsons Project debut album, 'Tales of Mystery And Imagination'.
In 1981 Terry wrote, recorded, & produced an album with Oscar winning songwriter and Bread member James Griffin. The album 'Griffin & Sylvester' was recorded in Memphis Tennessee, and is now available in CD format with added bonus tracks.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Terry owns the rights to all of his recordings & songs. His music publishing company Charlotte Music, has over 275 songs in it's catalogue. Apart from Terry, artists that have recorded his material include Percy Sledge, Denny Doherty, Dean Ford, Lynn Paul, Wicked Lester, (later to become Kiss), High Button, Joan Turner, Liverpool Football Club, and of course the Escorts, the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Hollies, and Griffin & Sylvester.
Terry has been awarded 5 Platinum, 9 Gold, and 6 Silver Discs so far in his career.
In the summer of 2008 Terry sang back up vocals on his friend Yusuf Islams' 'Roadsinger' CD. The recording session took place in Nashville, Tennessee.
On March 15th 2010 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
In his spare time he enjoys reading books on the history of the Native American Indian, collecting Georgian silver & Dinky toys, watching baseball, holidaying in Central America & the Caribbean, and of course keeping in touch with his beloved Liverpool Football Club. He keeps fit by taking long walks on the beach, playing golf, swimming, & playing tennis.
As well as performing with his backing band, Terry also appears in concert with his solo up close & personal 'Live & Acoustic' stage act. Both feature the Hollies & Swinging Blue Jeans hits, plus songs & stories from his early days at the Cavern Club, where he appeared with the Beatles & the rest of the great groups from that wonderful era.