Terry & Liverpool Football Club
The Official Website for Terry's beloved Liverpool Football Club: www.liverpoolfc.tv
Terry nearly signed for Liverpool when he was a schoolboy, the then Liverpool trainer Bob Paisley, saw him play for Rose Lane School, & invited him for a trial at Melwood, (Liverpools training ground).
When Terry heard that former manager Bill Shankly wanted to go to the FA Cup 3rd round game at West Ham on Saturday 3rd January 1976, he hired a limo to take them both there. Liverpool won 2-0.
In 1977, Terry invited Kevin Keegan to a Hollies concert in Hamburg, Germany. Kevin then invited Terry to stay at his home, & watch Hamburg FC train the next day.
Terry has only eaten haggis once, when he was invited to lunch at the home of Liverpool & Scotland captain Graeme Souness.
On Tuesday 11th May 1982, Terry was invited by Graeme Souness to travel on the team bus back to Liverpool, after Liverpool had drawn 1-1 at Arsenal.
In 1983, Terry wrote, sang, & produced the Liverpool Football Club record "Liverpool (We're Never Gonna Stop)", it reached number 54 in the UK charts. His favourite player's of all time..... Ian St John, Graeme Souness & Kenny Dalglish.
On a recent trip to North America, former Liverpool great Phil Neal called Terry for a chat.
Terry is in touch with another former Liverpool great, Steve Nicol, former coach of the 'New England Revolution' of MLS.
When Terry got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame March 15th 2010, he wore a Liverpool shirt.
Terry was in the stands at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough, Sheffield, Saturday 15th April 1989, when 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives.
It's a day he'll never forget.
Roving has always been and still is my ruling passion, the joy of my heart, the very sunshine of my existence. In childhood in boyhood, and in mans estate, I have been a rover, not a mere rambler among the woody glens and upon the hilltops of my own native land, but an enthusiastic rover throughout the length and breadth of the wide wide world.
The Coral Island
R.M. Ballantyne (1825 - 1894)
'Songs' of Praise for Terry:
I saw Terry's concert in Shellharbour (Wollongong) NSW Australia in November 2009, his peformance was tremendous, He certainly does not disappoint.
From M in NSW
Had the pleasure of seeing Terry perform on a Carribean cruise in October 2007. He looked great & his voice sounded wonderful, at the post show meet & greet he was very friendly to all of his fans, I bought the Escorts CD that he signed for me, what a shame that band never had a hit record, hope to see him again next time he plays in Florida.
From A in Sarasota, FL.
Met Terry at the Fest For The Beatles convention in Chicago August 2007. What a great guy, I had my photo taken with him & he signed all my CD's. His performance at the evening concert was outstanding.
From J in Chicago, IL. Please tell Terry to come back soon, to Henderson, TN. His performance on Saturday night at the "Caravan Of Stars" was brilliant. His comment about Elton John being the Queen of England was so funny. The finale with Terry, Andy Kim, Al Wilson & Joey Molland of Badfinger was brilliant. Also, he was so friendly to everybody at the "Meet & Greet". What a Pro!
From R in Henderson, TN.
Just heard the news that Terry is playing at the Cavern Club Liverpool on August 29th 2006, I can't wait, I was a huge fan of the Escorts, I hope he's going to sing some of their songs, as well as his Hollies hits.
From S in Liverpool, UK.
I was in the audience at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, OH on Saturday to see your performance on the "Upbeat" TV show. You were great, & you really looked like you were enjoying yourself. When you & all the artists came back onstage at the end of the show to sing together, it was for us fans, a dream come true. Thank you.
From N in Cleveland, OH.
Terry, just got to see & hear you play at Rayley Field in Sacramento on Saturday June 11, 2005. Loved your performance & wished we could have heard more from you. Come back to Sacramento soon.
From R in Sacramento, CA.
Hello Terry, just wanted to say that you are my favorite Hollie still, I'm 50 years old, live in America and really got into the Hollies very heavily in the early 70's and you just added so much. Saw all shows at the Roxy, Los Angeles in 1975 and got your solo work and listened to it constantly. Best of luck to you, Peace.
From M in California.
Saw the concert at the Hershey Centre that Terry played with Peter Noone, a very entertaining evening. I bet today's so called pop stars won't be able to perform like those two did last Saturday, in 40 years time.
From N in Toronto, ON.
Just got back home from seeing Terry in concert with John Ford Coley & Ambrosia at the Waikiki Shell, what a great show. When he dedicated "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" to the US & UK troops, I had tears in my eyes.
From G in Honolulu, HI.
I saw Terry with Joey Molland recently in Liverpool N.Y. All I can say is that it was an absolutely amazing experience. It would rank way up on the "Rock n Roll Memories List" and it was obvious that both Terry and Joey had a fantastic time as did the sell out crowd. I want to personally thank Terry (and Joey as well); these guys were 2 of my rock idols growing up and to be able to not only hear them but to meet them both after the show was, frankly, almost overwhelming. The show brought back a lot of memories, left no doubt as to why Rock n Roll will forever rule and reminded me why I started my first band...the pure love of the music. The first song I ever learned was "Look Though Any Window". 40 years later I still love "The Swinging Blue Jeans"; hearing Terry sing "Hippy Hippy Shake" live was an experience I never thought I would have. Thanks, fellas. You made a guy who doesn't quite understand the music of today extremely happy.
From E in N.Y.
I've just received my signed copy of "Griffin & Sylvester", absolutely brilliant. Terry & James sound so good together.
From T in New Zealand.
I recently caught Terry's show in Syracuse. His special guest was Joey Molland of Badfinger. What a great night! If any of you have a chance to see Terry - go. He is a class act in a business that is showing less and less class.
From P in Syracuse, NY.
Questions and Answers:
Question from D in Liverpool, UK.
I heard that Terry wore a Liverpool Fooball Club shirt for his Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, did it have a players name & number on the back?
Yes, Terry wore a Fernando Torres number 9 shirt.
Question from S in London, UK.
Was Terry pleased to see the Dave Clark Five inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?
Terry was delighted to see them go in at last, & feels it's only a matter of time now before the Hollies are inducted. BTW, Terry's rare sunburst Martin D35 acoustic guitar has been on display at the Hall, & will be featured again in 2008.
Question from A in Southampton, UK.
Will Terry be watching the World Cup?
Yes he will, he's a huge football fan, & he's also looking forward to 2007 when Toronto FC will join the MLS.
Question from N in Spain.
Does Terry have a favourite Christmas song?
Yes, "Driving Home For Christmas" by Chris Rea.
Question from O in Finland
I noticed that Terry performs with lots of other artists, does he get to socialize with them at all?
Yes, there's normally a little get together / wrap party after most concerts.
Question from K in Ipswich, UK.
I'm an Ipswich Town Football Club supporter and heard that Terry was at a home game last year, is it true?
Yes, Terry is a cousin of Joe Royle the Ipswich Town manager, and although Terry supports Liverpool he always looks out for the "Tractor Boys" results.
Question from I in Hull, UK.
Can you tell me what song of Terry's Denny Doherty recorded?
He recorded "Indian Girl", the "Sylvester / Gordon" composition. It was released as a single in the USA & Canada.
Question from S in Blackpool, UK.
Does Terry have any intention of touring the UK in the future? He's got lots of fans here who would love to see him & hear his wonderful voice.
Yes, Terry will be in Liverpool on the 29th August 2006 doing 2 shows at the Cavern Club.
Question from L in the UK.
This morning I heard a superb Hollies song called "Writing On The Wall" on BBC Radio 2 here in the UK. Where can I get this track?
It's on the new Hollies 6 CD Box Set. This "Sylvester - Clarke - Hicks" song is also the opening track on the Hollies 1978 album "A Crazy Steal".
Question from M in London, England.
Can Terry play the piano?
Yes, he had piano lessons when he was a child growing up in Liverpool.
Question from E in Ottawa, Canada.
Will Terry be playing golf at the TABOO Celebrity Golf Classic in September 2003?
Yes, he's been out on the driving range in preparation. He will also sing a couple of songs at the Gala in the evening.
Question from L in Manchester, UK.
How did Terry & the Hollies first hear about the songwriting talents of Bruce Springsteen?
In the early 1970's Terry's company Charlotte Music signed a publishing deal with his friend Adrian Rudge at Warner / Chappell Music. (Still in effect to this day). Adrian played Terry & Allan Clarke some songs of the then unknown writer who was also signed to Warner / Chappell. One of those songs was Sandy, 4th July Asbury Park.
Question from B in Nevada.
There's a rumor flying about that the Raspberries blew the Hollies off the stage on a tour in the 1970's, is this true?
No, they were thrown off the tour because they weren't very good, & the promoter was getting complaints about them. Their subsequent lack of success & longevity suggests that it's highly unlikely they were capable of such a thing.
Question from C in Buffalo, NY.
I thought the concert featuring Terry, Billy J. Kramer, & the Swinging Blue Jeans in Hamilton last Friday was fantastic. How many people attended & did Terry enjoy performing with his old friends?
6500 tickets were sold for the concert at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton & there where 4000 people at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga the following night. Terry had a good time with his friends.
Question from B in Newcastle, UK.
I've just heard that Adam Faith died, did Terry know him personally?
Yes, Terry knew Adam from their days in London together, & was sad to hear about his passing.
Question from A in Brighton, UK.
What was the first song written by Terry that the Hollies recorded?
Gloria Swansong, from the "Hollies Sing Hollies" album.
Question from K in Texas, USA.
I heard that Terry likes baseball, what team does he root for?
He supports the New York Yankees, but he has a soft spot for the Toronto Blue Jays as well.
Question from E in France.
Is it true that Terry was asked to join the Merseybeats in 1964?
Yes, Terry played 2 concerts with them, but was persuaded by his manager Jim Ireland, to stay with the Escorts.
Question from K in Holland.
How tall is Terry?
Terry is 6ft tall & weighs 180lbs.
Question from F in Michigan, USA.
My son plays guitar in a collage rock band, what's the best advice Terry has for him?
Buy a filing cabinet to keep copies of lyrics / contracts e.t.c.
Question from G in Austria.
I saw the Escorts play at a club in Munich in 1965, does Terry have good memories of those days?
Yes, The Escorts played for 1 month at the "Hit House Club", & Terry has fond memories of his time there. Germany has always been one of his favourite countries to visit.
Question from P in New Jersey.
How come the Hollies aren't in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?
Terry's answer to that question was, "when you look at the list of artist's in there, it's nothing short of a disgrace that the Hollies have never been considered". Of course if they were ever inducted, the line up would have to be Terry, Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Bernie Calvert, Eric Haydock, Tony Hicks, and Bobby Elliott. Not the current touring version that's never had a hit record.
Question from J in Caracas.
I saw The Hollies in 1978 when they played 2 concerts here in Venezuela, is it true they flew on Concorde to get here?
Yes, they flew Air France from Paris to Caracas.
Question from I in South Dakota.
Did The Escorts ever tour the U.S.A.?
No, their first single Dizzy Miss Lizzy was number 1 in Texas, but prior commitments stopped them doing follow up concerts.
Question from H in London, England.
Did Terry catch up with any of his former band mates when he was recently in the UK?
Yes, he spent time with his good friend & Hollies bass player Bernie Calvert in Lancashire.
Question from From M in Liverpool.
A friend of mine thought they saw Terry at the recent Liverpool v FC Basle football match at Anfield, was it him?
Yes, Terry was a guest of Liverpool FC for the Champions League game, while in the UK on a business trip. There's a photo of Terry with Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish on this page.
Question from C in Australia.
I read once that Terry said Sydney Australia was his favourite city in the world, is that true?
Yes, of all the many places he's visited, Sydney is still top of the list.
Question from S in Spain.
Is there a story behind why Terry wrote "Indian Girl" & "No More Riders"?
Yes, one of his many interests is the history of the Native American Indian. On New Years Day 1998, he visited the Crazy Horse Memorial & the Indian Museum of North America in South Dakota. He is currently reading "Black Elk Speaks" as told through John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow).
Question from A in Vancouver, Canada.
What other musicians do Griffin, Sylvester, & Coley use when they tour?
Ray Herndon guitar, (Lyle Lovett). Billy Thomas drums, (Vince Gill). Mark Prentice bass guitar, (Felix Cavaliere).
Question from E in Denmark.
What car does Terry drive?
Terry drives a Kia Soul, he also has a Honda Del Sol convertible sports car, that he uses mainly in the summer.
Question from A in Minnesota.
Where's the strangest place Terry has played a concert?
Rampton high security hospital in Nottinghamshire, England. When he was with the Swinging Blue Jeans.
Question from T in South Africa.
What is Terry's favourite song from his Hollie days, and why?
He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother, it opened lots of doors that had previously been closed for the group. Also it was Terry's first US top 5 hit.
Question from J in California.
How many guitars does Terry own?
7 - Martin D-35 Acoustic, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Ovation 6 string, Ovation 12 string, Yamaha APX 50011 plus a custom built electric / acoustic guitar.
Question from H in Germany.
Is it true that the King Singers sang with Terry on "For The Peace Of All Mankind"?
Yes, they also sang on "The Trees The Flowers And The Shame"
Question from D in the U.K.
What was the first record that Terry bought?
"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley.
Question from A in the UK.
Is it true that Terry used to play cricket?
Yes, he played for the Old Cholmeleians in the Hertfordshire league from 1989 to 1997.
Question from M in South Carolina.
When Griffin, Sylvester, & Coley play concerts, are they all on stage together?
Yes, James, Terry, & John not only sing the songs that made them famous, they also provide harmonies for one another.
Question from S in New Zealand.
I read somewhere that Tony Joe White plays the harmonica on the Griffin & Sylvester song "Wolf River", is it true?
Yes, when he got to the studio, Tony asked to listen to the song, & then took only 15 minutes to add his wonderful backing to the track.
Question from D in New York City, NY.
Who has been the biggest influence in Terry's career?
Musically, the Everly Brothers. Business wise, Robin Britten, his manager from 1968-1989. Robin sadly passed away in 1989.
Question from P in Hong Kong.
Did Gary Brooker (Procal Harum) nearly join the Hollies in the late 1970's?
Yes, they wanted him to join, but at the time he was involved in running a restaurant & couldn't tour.