Guitarist and singer for the British rock group The Hollies since the early 1960s.
When he was twelve, his band Les Skifflettes went on a televised talent show.
He started out as a rhythm guitarist, but later started singing for The Hollies.
He married to Jane Dalton in 1974; their son was a renowned sound engineer for Abbey Road Studios in London.
Graham Nash, of the Crosby, Still & Nash fame, was Hicks' bandmate.