Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

Our main image this week shows Salford band the Hollies jumping for joy in Stockport after hearing that their single I’m Alive had gone to the top of the UK charts. It is June 1965.

The jubilant band members are, from left, guitarist and vocalist Graham Nash, lead singer Allan Clarke, lead guitarist Tony Hicks, drummer Bobby Elliott and bass guitarist Eric Haydock.

The single I’m Alive was composed for the group by American songwriter Clint Ballard Jr. It spent three weeks at Number One in the UK and was a chart-topper in Ireland too.

I’m Alive fared less well in the USA peaking at No. 84 in the Cash Box singles chart in July 1965. The single also featured on the US version of the Hollies’ 1965 album Hear! Here!

Hollies
bobby Elliott
Oddly enough, the Hollies originally turned down the song and gave it to another Manchester band called the Toggery Five. On hearing their version, the Hollies recorded it themselves.

Our modern image, from October 2014, shows drummer Bobby Elliott nearly half a century later at the age of 72 at the GRAMMY Museum exhibition in Liverpool.

The event showcased the invasion of the American music scene in the 1960s by British bands like the Hollies, the Beatles, the Kinks and the Rolling Stones.

Elliott is standing in front of Hollies’ memorabilia he personally loaned to the show, including a 1960s Biba shirt, album covers and a Ludwig 400 snare drum he played on most of the group’s records.