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Herman's Hermits
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genre(s) Beat, British Rock
Years active 1963 – 1971
Label(s) Columbia (EMI) (UK), MGM Records (USA)
Former members
Peter Noone
Keith Hopwood
Karl Green
Alan Wrigley
Steve Titterington
Derek Leckenby
Barry Bean Whitwam

Herman's Hermits were an English rock band in the 1960s, formed in Manchester in 1963. Part of the British Invasion, their trademark simple, non-threatening and clean-cut "boys next door" image made them easier to listen to and more accessible than other British Invasion bands. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... (world)Beat music is a music by the styles of Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rock en español, Tropical, Salsa, and Merengue. ... British rock was born out of the influence of rock and roll and rhythm and blues from the United States, but added a new drive and urgency, exporting the music back and widening the audience for black R & B in the U.S. as well as spreading the gospel world... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Columbias Magic Notes trade mark The Columbia Graphophone Company was one of the earliest gramophone companies in the United Kingdom. ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... Peter Noone (born Peter Blair Dennis Bernard Noone, 5 November 1947, in Davyhulme, Manchester) is an English singer, songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, and actor. ... Keith Hopwood served as rhythm guitarist for the 60s pop band Hermans Hermits. ... Karl Green (born Karl Anthony Green, 31 July 1947, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire) was bassist and backing singer for the 1960s British band, Hermans Hermits, which featured Peter Noone. ... Derek Lek Leckenby was born on 14 May 1943, in Leeds, West Yorkshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina dAmpezzo... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Early history

Original members were Keith Hopwood (guitar, vocals), Karl Green (bass, vocals), Alan Wrigley (bass guitar, vocals), Steve Titterington (drums), and Peter Noone (lead vocals). Although the youngest of a remarkably young band, fifteen year old Noone was already a veteran actor, with experience on the British soap opera, Coronation Street. Derek "Lek" Leckenby (guitar, vocals), and Barry 'Bean' Whitwam (drums) (born Jan Barry Whitwam, 21 July 1946, in Prestbury, South Manchester), joined later from another local group The Wailers. After Leckenby joined, the band obtained a deal with producer Mickie Most and signed to EMI records in Europe and MGM records in the United States. Keith Hopwood served as rhythm guitarist for the 60s pop band Hermans Hermits. ... Karl Green (born Karl Anthony Green, 31 July 1947, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire) was bassist and backing singer for the 1960s British band, Hermans Hermits, which featured Peter Noone. ... Peter Noone (born Peter Blair Dennis Bernard Noone, 5 November 1947, in Davyhulme, Manchester) is an English singer, songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, and actor. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Coronation Street is an award winning British soap opera. ... Derek Lek Leckenby was born on 14 May 1943, in Leeds, West Yorkshire. ... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Prestbury is a medium sized village in the heart of the Cotswolds. ... A compass rose with South highlighted South is most commonly a noun, adjective, or adverb indicating direction or geography. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


After playing live for a time, they met future producer Mickie Most and released "I'm Into Something Good". The band played on the singles "I'm Into Something Good", "Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" (1965) and "I'm Henry VIII, I Am". The last was said at the time to be "the fastest-selling song in history".[1] Leckenby played the excellent solo on "Henry" (Noone Interview) Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes (20 June1938–30 May2003), was a successful English record producer, notably with a string of Number One hit singles with his own RAK Recordsand acts such as The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, and Suzi Quatro. ... Im Into Something Good is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Hermans Hermits. ... Im Henery the Eighth, I Am or Im Henry the Eighth, I Am is a 1910 British music hall song by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston. ...


Despite the band being more than competent as musicians, many of their subsequent singles employed some session musicians, including Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, with contributions from the band, although the role of session players on Herman's Hermits records has been greatly exaggerated in the rock media. This has been made worse by the inaccurate liner notes on the recent ABKCO "Retrospective", which fail to credit the Hermits playing. Leckenby in particular was a gifted guitarist. James Patrick Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. ... John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946 in Sidcup, London), is an English multi-instrumentalist musician, and was known for being the bassist and the keyboardist for rock band Led Zeppelin from its inception until the bands breakup following the death of John Bonham in 1980. ...


While the band's singles were written by top songwriters of the day, Noone, Leckenby, Hopwood and Green contributed some excellent songs on the band's albums, some of which could have been "A" sides. The songs "My Reservation's Been Confirmed" and "Take Love, Get Love" are standouts.


Regardless of how the records were made, the band was able to deliver the goods live, as can be evidenced on the 1965 NME Awards Show and on 1966's Herman's Hermits Hilton Show which aired on Australian television. Leckenby in particular was able to flesh out the bands songs in concert with numerous guitar fills not readily evident on the recordings. Copies of both the NME Awards Show and the Australian concert are available from internet sources.


Despite a tendency to disregard the band in critical circles, all the members were capable players, and Noone was a charismatic front man whose singing ability has often been underrated.


The band was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1965, both for "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter." According to Noone and Hopwood , the song was recorded as an afterthought in two takes, using two microphones with Hopwood on guitar, Green on bass and Whitwam on drums. Noone and the band deliberately emphasized their English accents on the record, which was never intended to be a single. Hopwood recalls playing a Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar in the studio with its strings muted in order to create the distinctive sound. When playing the song live, Hopwood often used a Rickenbacker guitar with a rag under the bridge to duplicate the sound. (Noone and Hopwood personal correspondence.)


The album Blaze in 1967 found the group at its best with Leckenby, Hopwood , Green and Noone contributing several fine original songs and Noone demonstrating an excellent vocal range. The psychedlic "Moon Shine Man" and the rocker "Ace King Queen" being standouts. The album garnered critical acclaim but barely made the top 100 in the U,S, and wasn't released in the U.K.


Origin of the "Herman" name

Born in Manchester, England, Noone was a child TV star playing Stanley Fairclough in Coronation Street. He was also featured in Knight Errant, Family Solicitor and Monro's Saki Stories. Noone was only 15 when he achieved international fame as teenage heart-throb, Herman. On stage, Noone initially used his existing stage name Peter Novak. The change to Herman came after the owner of a pub that they were rehearsing in, remarked on his resemblance to the character Sherman in Peabody's Improbable History, a supporting cartoon in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which they misheard as Herman. The group, who by now were a popular dance hall and youth club attraction, and managed by Harvey Lisberg and Charlie Silverman, changed their name to Herman and The Hermits, and it soon became abbreviated to Herman's Hermits. Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dance hall in its general meaning is a hall for dancing. ... A youth club is where teenagers can meet and enjoy popular activities such as football, tennis or games console. ...


Original band

Herman's Hermits were hugely successful in the mid-1960s. Their first hit was "I'm Into Something Good", which reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 13 in the US in 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US No. 1's with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am". The band disliked both songs, and never released them as singles in Britain, although Mrs. Brown featured excellent rhythm guitar by Hopwood, and Henry featured an excellent guitar solo by Leckenby. (Peter Noone Interview) They appeared in several movies, including When The Boys Meet The Girls (1965) and Hold On! (1966). They appeared on the The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... The Dean Martin Show was a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974, for 245 episodes. ... The Jackie Gleason Show was a popular television variety show that starred Jackie Gleason and ran in a variety of incarnations, from 1952 to 1970. ...


Peter Noone (Herman)

Noone left the band in 1971. He starred in ABC's The Canterville Ghost and played Pinocchio in the Hallmark Hall Of Fame version of that story. His other TV credits include Married With Children, Quantum Leap, My Two Dads, Dave's World, Too Close For Comfort, Laverne & Shirley, Easy Street and has a recurring role on As The World Turns. He also hosted VH1's My Generation. In March 2007, he appeared on the top rated show, American Idol. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Pinocchio (disambiguation). ... Pinocchio was a 90-minute musical version of Carlo Collodis classic story. ... Married. ... Quantum Leap is a science fiction television series that ran for 97 episodes from March 1989 to May 1993 on NBC. It follows the adventures of Dr. Samuel Beckett (played by Scott Bakula), a brilliant scientist who after researching time-travel, and doing experiments in something he calls The Imaging... My Two Dads was a sitcom that starred Staci Keanan (Step by Step), Paul Reiser (Mad About You), and Greg Evigan (B.J. and the Bear). ... Daves World was a 1993–1997 CBS sitcom that was based on the writing of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. ... Too Close for Comfort was a television series which ran on the ABC network and in syndication from 1980 to 1986. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ... Easy Street refers to a carefree situation, existence or lifestyle, as well as to a street crossing Evelyn Avenue (and the Central Expressway) near Middlefield Road in Mountainview, CA a Charlie Chaplin comedy made in 1917, viz: [1] This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS. Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, the show debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956[2] at 1:30pm. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ...


As a singer he had a hit with David Bowie's, "Oh, You Pretty Things". Later, Noone recorded the album "One of the Glory Boys" for Beach Boy Bruce Johnston's label as well as an album fronting the new wave band "The Tremblers." His song "God Knows" was covered by Debbie Boone. Noone's daughter Natalie is an accomplished singer songwriter. David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


Keith Hopwood

Hopwood left as well, starting his own music company, Pluto Music, with Leckenby. As of 2007, Pluto Music is still in business, and works primarily on commercial and animation soundtracks. The studio has provided services to many top acts including The Clash. Hopwood has released several rare solo and band recordings (not with Peter). Hopwood's releases show a depth to the band not generally perceived. The CDs "Vault 69" and "Waterloo Road" contain original songs written during Herman's Hermits existence. Both are available from Pluto Music. Considering the quality and maturity of these recordings, it is surprising that the Hermits never recorded the material, although perhaps it was due to the band's fan base which was accustomed to more straight ahead pop. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Derek Leckenby

Lek died in 1994 after a battle with cancer. His final performance was just five days before his death. Lek was a kind man and one of rock's most underrated guitarists. Lek often spoke very well of Peter in interviews as does Hopwood on the VH1 Herman's Hermits My Generation episode. Leckenby as part of the band "Sour Mash" recorded an album with the former Hermits and Peter Cowap for RCA records which featured Leckenby on dobro and guitar. The album was country flavored rock and was a far cry from earlier Herman's Hermits material. Leckenby's daughter Kara plays lead guitar for the band "Red Vinyl Fur." Derek Lek Leckenby was born on 14 May 1943, in Leeds, West Yorkshire. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Barry Whitwam

Whitwam has continued touring in Europe with a band under the Herman's Hermits starring Barry Whitwam name.


Karl Green

As of 2001, Green manages sound systems for the Queen Elizabeth and Festival Halls on London's South Bank. [1] Karl Green (born Karl Anthony Green, 31 July 1947, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire) was bassist and backing singer for the 1960s British band, Hermans Hermits, which featured Peter Noone. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of the Volunteer The United Nations Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations Events January January 1 - A black monolith measuring approximately nine feet tall appears in Seattles Magnuson Park, placed by an anonymous... The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is a music venue on the South Bank in London, which hosts daily classical, jazz, and avant-garde music and dance performances. ... The Royal Festival Hall reopening celebrations The Royal Festival Hall is a concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London, England. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The National Theatre is one of the collection of arts buildings that make up the South Bank Centre. ...


Competing "Herman's Hermits"

Since the mid 1970's there has been significant conflict over the use of the name Herman's Hermits. Between 1974 and 1994, Barry and Lek toured with versions of the band that at times included original members Keith and Karl and newer members such as former Toggery Five guitarist, Frank Renshaw and Peter Cowap. After a show in 1985 Lek confided in fans that he missed working with Peter. (Leckenby pers. correspondence). Fans should be warned that several "fake" Hermits records exist. These recordings show up frequently as compilations of Hermits' hits. This problem has been made worse by several small labels hiring musicians to re-record Hermits' records. These recordings feature neither Peter Noone nor any original band members. Additionally both former band members and Peter have separately re-recorded old Hermits material in part due to a failure by the band's U.S. label, MGM Records (currently owned by ABKCO Records) to pay royalties. (Noone Interview). Noone and Whitwam continue to tour separately. Whitwam calls his band "Herman's Hermits Starring Barry Whitwam" in the US and "Herman's Hermits" in the rest of the world. Noone makes clear that his band is called "Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone" at all shows and on all merchandise. Because of this regrettable situation, there will most likely never to be a reunion of all surviving band members, disappointing many 1960s fans. Whitwam rarely tours in the United States, where Noone makes his base and where Noone is hugely successful on tour and in television. Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... MGM Records was a record label started by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio in 1946. ... ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. ...


Noone currently tours worldwide, to great success, often appearing at concerts in American state fairs, theaters, and major casinos. In March 2007, Noone appeared as a coach on a British Invasion episode of the hit U.S. series "American Idol," and also performed a live version of the Herman's Hermits hit "There's a Kind of Hush." For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ...


Peter often fondly credits Leckenby and Hopwood for their work in the Hermits. See Peter Noone's website.


Discography

Herman's Hermits 45's

Song Title Highest US
Chart Position
Peak Month Highest UK
Chart Position
"I'm Into Something Good" #13 August 1964 #1
"Show Me Girl" - November 1964 #19
"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat?" #2 January 1965 -
"Silhouettes" #5 January 1965 #3
"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" #1 March 1965 -
"Wonderful World" #4 April 1965 #7
"I'm Henry VIII, I Am" #1 June 1965 -
"Just a Little Bit Better" #7 August 1965 #15
"A Must To Avoid" #8 December 1965 #6
"Listen People" #3 February 1966 -
"You Won't Be Leaving" - February 1966 #20
"Leaning on A Lamp Post" #7 April 1965 -
"This Door Swings Both Ways" #12 June 1966 #18
"Dandy" #3 October 1966 -
"No Milk Today" #35 October 1966 #7
"East West" #33 December 1966 #37
"There's A Kind of Hush" #4 February 1967 #7
"Don't Go Out Into The Rain (You're Going To Melt)" #20 May 1967 -
"Museum" #37 September 1967 -
"I Can't Take Or Leave Your Loving" - January 1968 #11
"Sleepy Joe" - March 1968 #12
"Sunshine Girl" - July 1968 #8
"Something's Happening" - December 1968 #6
"My Sentimental Friend" - April 1969 #2
"Here Comes The Star" - November 1969 #33
"Years May Come, Years May Go" - February 1970 #7
"Bet Yer Life I Do" - May 1970 #22

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... Im Into Something Good is a song composed by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and made famous by Hermans Hermits. ... Silhouettes was a song made famous by The Diamonds in 1957. ... Mrs Brown, Youve Got a Lovely Daughter is a popular song written by Trevor Peacock. ... Wonderful World (sometimes referred to as (What a) Wonderful World, but unrelated to the Louis Armstrong song by that title) was written in the late 1950s by soul music pioneer Sam Cooke along with songwriters Lou Adler and Herb Alpert, and first recorded by Cooke in 1958 for Cookes... Im Henery the Eighth, I Am is a 1910 British music hall song by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston. ... Dandy is a 1966 song from The Kinks, appearing on their Face to Face album. ... Theres A Kind Of Hush is a popular song written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens. ...

Albums

  • 1965 — Introducing Herman's Hermits
  • 1965 — Herman's Hermits On Tour
  • 1965 (Dec.) — The Best of Herman's Hermits
  • 1965 — Hold On!
  • 1966 — Both Sides of Herman's Hermits
  • 1966 — The Best Of Herman's Hermits, Volume 2
  • 1967 — There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World
  • 1967 — Blaze
  • 1967 — The Best Of Herman's Hermits, Volume III
  • 1967 — Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter
  • 1971 — The Most of Herman's Hermits
  • 1972 — The Most of Herman's Hermits Volume 2

Hermans Hermits (sometimes called Introducing Hermans Hermits) is the first album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Hermans Hermits On Tour (also called Their Second Album! Hermans Hermits On Tour) is the third album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Hermans Hermits the second album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Both Sides of Hermans Hermits is the fourth album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Theres a Kind of Hush All Over the World is the fifth album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Blaze is the name of the sixth album released by the band Hermans Hermits. ... Mrs. ... The Most of Hermans Hermits is the name of a greatest hits album released by the band Hermans Hermits in 1971. ... The Most of Hermans Hermits Volume 2 is the name of a greatest hits album released by the band Hermans Hermits in 1972. ...

Filmography

  • 1965 — Pop Gear
  • 1965 — When the Boys Meet the Girls
  • 1966 — Hold On!
  • 1968 — Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter

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References

  1. ^ MacInnes, Colin (1965) "The Old English Music Hall Songs Are New." The New York Times, November 28, 1965, p. SM62: "Henry—which hit the top of the record lists and, according to one American expert, was 'the fastest-selling song in history'—was in fact an old English music hall song enjoying a new lease on life.

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