I'm Alive

The Hollies

About I'm Alive

"I'm Alive" is a 1965 number-one UK hit single by The Hollies, written for them by American songwriter Clint Ballard Jr. However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their minds and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It spent three weeks at number one in the UK and was also a No 1 hit in Ireland. The song was released as a single in the US, entering the Cash Box singles chart on July 17, 1965, and peaking at No. 84 week of August 14, 1965; it also appears on the US version of the 1965 Hollies album, Hear! Here!. Syndicate of Sound covered this song on their only album Little Girl in 1966. The song was covered by Gamma in 1979 on their debut album, Gamma 1. In 1983 the Hi-NRG group American Fade also covered the song which is listed on HotDiscoMix's Hi-NRG Top 200 — Hits of the 80's. 


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1978
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Did you ever see a man with no heart
Baby, that was me
Just a lonely, lonely man with no heart
Til you set me free

Now I can breathe
I can see
I can touch
I can feel

I can taste all the sugar sweetness in your kiss
You give me all the things I've ever missed
I've never felt like this
I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive

I used to think I was living
Baby, I was wrong
No I never knew a thing about living
Til you came along

Now I can breathe
I can see
I can touch
I can feel

I can taste all the sugar sweetness in your kiss
You give me all the things I've ever missed
I've never felt like this
I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive

Now I can breathe
I can see
I can touch
I can feel

I can taste all the sugar sweetness in your kiss
You give me all the love I've ever missed
I've never felt like this
I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive

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The Hollies

The Hollies are an English pop group formed in Manchester in the early 1960s, although the majority of the band members came from towns in East Lancashire. Known for their distinctive vocal harmony style, they became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s and early 1970s. They enjoyed considerable popularity in many countries, although they did not achieve major US chart success until 1966. They had 30 charting singles on the UK Singles Chart, and 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, with songs including, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Carrie Anne", "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" and "The Air That I Breathe". more »

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15 facts about this song

Date of Release
"I'm Alive" was released by The Hollies in 1965.
Chart Performance
The song was a significant hit for The Hollies, as it reached the number one spot on the UK Singles chart.
Written by
This hit was written by American songwriter Clint Ballard Jr.
Producer
The producer for "I'm Alive" was Ron Richards, who worked with The Hollies throughout much of their early career.
Country of Origin
The Hollies is a British rock band, indicating the song originated from the United Kingdom.
Lyrics Meaning
The lyrics express the protagonist's joy and sense of rebirth upon falling in love.
Musical Style
The song fits into the genre of pop-rock.
First Number-One Song
"I'm Alive" was The Hollies' first number-one hit in the UK.
B-Side Track
The B-side to "I'm Alive" was "You Know He Did".
Change in Lineup
The release of "I'm Alive" coincided with the departure of the group's original bassist, Eric Haydock.
Re-released Versions
The song was re-released in the 1980s with Tony Hicks doing a new vocal as the original master tapes were believed to have been lost at that time.
Band's Reaction
Not all the band members were initially convinced about the song. Tony Hicks reportedly said, "I'm Alive did nothing for me and was the most un-Hollies type of song."
Signature Hit
Despite some initial misgivings from the band members, "I'm Alive" is now considered one of The Hollies' signature hits.
Cover Versions
There have been several cover versions of "I'm Alive" by various artists including Johnny Nash and Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods.
Chart Duration
"I'm Alive" spent three weeks at number one on the UK charts.

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