Tag: Herman’s Hermits

Tuesday 6pm ET: Feature Artist – Herman’s Hermits

Herman’s Hermits are an English beat rock band formed in Manchester in 1964, originally called Herman & the Hermits. Harvey Lisberg discovered them and signed on as their manager. He sent a plane ticket to Mickie Most so that he could come from London to see the band play in Bolton. Most became the group’s record producer, controlling the band’s output. He emphasised a simple and non-threatening clean-cut image. This helped Herman’s Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s.

Their first hit was a cover of Earl-Jean’s “I’m into Something Good”, which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number 13 in the US in late 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but they had two number one songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 with “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am”. These songs were aimed at a US fan base, with Peter Noone (singer) exaggerating his Mancunian accent.

Their US records were released on the MGM label, which often featured their musical performers in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films. The Hermits appeared in several MGM movies, including When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) and Hold On! (1966). They also starred in the film Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) and appeared in the 1965 anthology film Pop Gear.

The group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Continued success in the US proved elusive beyond 1967, although they had as many Top Ten hits in Britain from 1967 to 1970. They recorded their final album of the 1960s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. Peter Noone left the band in 1971. Herman’s Hermits reunited in 1973 to headline a British invasion tour of the US, culminating with a performance at Madison Square Garden and an appearance on The Midnight Special. A later lineup with lead guitarist Derek Leckenby and drummer Barry Whitwam opened for the Monkees on their ’80s reunion tours of the US. The band continues to tour today, with Whitwam as the only remaining member from the original lineup.

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

1965This week on the Vinyl Resting Place we start our new three hour time slot, sorry. But we’re breaking format a bit and rather than going with all the obscure songs and odd ball themes I thought we’d kick things off with the top 45 songs that all came out on 45s during the year 1965. To spice it up a bit, I’m playing the stereo versions of all the songs (except 1) – and we’re going to throw in some air checks from the that year, A Huntley Brinkley Time capsule and even a guest spot from Bob Newhart.

VRP 1965Here is a few of the artists featured;  Four Seasons, Beach Boys, Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Supremes, Beatles, Byrds, McCoys, Temptations, Freddie and the Dreamers, Rolling Stones, Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher and many more.

Artist Countdown: Herman’s Hermits Top 30 Hits 2:30pm ET @RadioMax

PeterNooneHerman’s Hermits are an English beat (or pop) band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as Herman & The Hermits. The group’s record producer, Mickie Most (who controlled the band’s output), emphasised a simple, non-threatening, clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman’s Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s but dampened the band’s songwriting; Noone, Hopwood, Leckenby and Green’s songs were relegated to B-sides and album cuts.

Their first hit was a cover of Earl Jean’s “I’m into Something Good” (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 13 in the US in late 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US Billboard Hot 100 No.1s with “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” (originally sung by Tom Courtenay in a 1963 British TV play) and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” (a British music hall song by Harry Champion dating from 1911, which Peter Noone’s Irish grandfather had been in the habit of singing when Noone was young). These songs were aimed at a US fan base, with Peter Noone exaggerating his Mancunian accent; the band was not fond of either song, and they were never released as singles in Britain.

In the US, their records were released on the MGM label, a company which often featured musical performers they had signed to record deals in films. The Hermits appeared in several MGM movies, including When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) and Hold On! (1966). They also starred in the film Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) and appeared in the 1965 anthology film Pop Gear.

Herman’s Hermits had three Top 3 hits in the US in 1965, with the aforementioned No. 1 hits and a cover version of Goldie & the Gingerbreads’ “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” (US No. 2). They recorded The Rays’ “Silhouettes” (US No. 5), Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World” (US No. 4), “Just A Little Bit Better” (US No. 7), and “A Must to Avoid” (US No. 8) in 1965; “Listen People” (US No. 3), George Formby, Jr.‘s “Leaning on a Lamp Post,” from Me and My Girl (US No. 9), and the Ray Davies song “Dandy” (US No. 5) in 1966; and “There’s a Kind of Hush” (US No. 4) in 1967. On WLS “Mrs. Brown” and “Silhouettes” were 1–2 on 14 May 1965 and exchanged positions the next week, a distinction matched only by The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You” during 14 February – 6 March 1964. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Continued success in the US proved elusive beyond 1967, although they had as many Top Ten hits in Britain (five) in the period 1967 through 1970 as they had had there in the years of the mid-‘sixties when the band were wowing American audiences and British audiences seemed more diffident. By the time the group recorded their final album of the 1960s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, the band’s success in the US was history and the album was not released by MGM there. Peter Noone and Keith Hopwood left the band in 1971. Herman’s Hermits reunited in 1973 to headline a successful British invasion tour of the US culminating with a standing-room-only performance at Madison Square Garden and an appearance on The Midnight Special (without Hopwood). Later, a version of the band featuring Leckenby and Whitwam opened for The Monkees on reunion tours of the US. Noone declined an offer from tour organizers to appear, but later appeared with Davy Jones on a successful teen-idols tour. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I’m Into Something Good 
2 No Milk Today
3 Sleepy Joe
4 A Must to Avoid
5 Silhouettes
6 Just a Little Bit Better
7 Sunshine Girl
8 I’m Henry VIII, I Am
9 Something’s Happening
10 Wonderful World
11 Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter
12 Listen People
13 There’s a Kind of Hush
14 This Door Swings Both Ways
15 I Can Take or Leave Your Loving
16 East West
17 Dandy
18 My Sentimental Friend
19 Leaning on the Lamp Post
20 Lady Barbara
21 Don’t Go Out Into the Rain (You’re Going to Melt)
22 Show Me Girl 
23 Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat
24 Years May Come, Years May Go
25 You Won’t Be Leaving
26 Bet Yer Life I Do
27 Here Comes the Star
28 Museum
29 The Most Beautiful Thing in My Life
30 End of The World