Name

  Herman's Hermits

  Origin

  Manchester, England

  Genre

  Pop rock Beat

  Years Active

  19631971 [still performing separately today]

  Labels

  Columbia (EMI) (UK) MGM Records (U

 Website

 Herman's Hermits.com

Original Members

Peter Noone, Keith Hopwood, Karl Green, Derek Leckenby
Barry Whitwam, Alan Wrigley, Steve Titterington

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Herman's Hermits is an English beat or pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as Herman & The Hermits. The group's manager and producer, Mickie Most (who controlled the band's output), emphasized a simple, non-threatening and clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman's Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s but hampered the band's creativity, relegating Noone, Hopwood, Leckenby and Green's original songs to quickly recorded 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 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US Billboard Hot 100 No. 1's 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). These songs were aimed at a US fan-base, with Peter Noone exaggerating his Manchester accent; the band was not fond of either song and they were never released as singles in Britain.


 


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