tribute by beth brandt
years ago I had never heard of Carl Wayne and thought the Hollies were another
band that defined the music in the sixties. These opinions changed when my
husband, Bruce, returned from Cohassat. I acquired a new appreciation for the
Hollies and discovered you.
first heard your voice on our answering machine. It seemed that you
and Bruce had known each other for years. You were like that. You talked
to people like you'd always known them. I couldn't believe that the lead
singer of the Hollies left a message on our machine. COOL!!!
was glad I was sitting down when Bruce told me we were going to England to
meet our new friend and your web page CEO, Helen. We would then travel
to Baden Baden to see the Hollies perform. Finally, I was going to see the
Hollies and hear you sing the Hollies hits.
you sang Soldier's Song, I was hooked. Allan Clark couldn't measure up. When I
met you after the concert you embraced me, kissed me (several times) and
made me feel that you was glad to meet me. I remember telling you that you
were great. Your reply was, "I don't know about that."
Modest to a fault. In the past two years I have seen you perform seven times. Your
stage presence was extraordinary. I loved watching you perform because you
had so much fun on stage
It was sharing a meal or something to drink that meant the most to me. Bruce, Helen and I and occasionally other people would get together and hang out with you. I'll miss those times. Just being with you. Talking about life and music. Building a friendship that would have lasted longer than the two years that it did.
So dear Carl, I want to say thanks.
for your musical legacy.
for your humor.
for your friendship.
for introducing us to people from different countries who share their lives with
for reminding us that life is precious.
And thanks for allowing two crazy Americans to share the last two years of your life with you.
dear Carl, happy trails until we meet again.
I'll love you forever,