Between 1964 and 1968, Herman’s Hermits sold tens of millions of records in the United States as they placed 19 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including 11 top 10s and two number ones.
“Dandy” was an odd song for them to cover. It was written by Ray Davies of The Kinks who would go on to become one of the most respected song writers in music history. His songs ranged from gritty rock and to roll to what can be called high art. Herman’s Hermits were a light weight pop/rock band who produced catchy if not enduring music.
Their version was very popish but was perfect for AM radio at the time. It reached number five during the fall of 1966.
Herman’s Hermits had their last hit during the summer of 1968. Music was changing and their brand of pop was quickly out of style.