Graham Nash says the first time he heard The Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me, he thought, "How could you not be affected by their energy and songwriting abilities?"
Quoted in the upcoming book 101 Essential Rock Records, the Hollies co-founder says he knew the Fab Four would be stars in 1959, when he and Allan Clarke worked with the then-Johnny and the Moondogs at a Manchester, England talent show. Nash next saw them when they walked into a coffee bar called the 2 Jays "where every girl wanted them. They walked into the door and it was over -- they all looked like James Dean in black leather."
101 Essential Rock Records goes on sale November 30th.