September 30, 2011
Peter Noone was long gone from Hermans Hermits but the band, at least in name, continued on. Varoius members would recruit other musicians and go out on the road and into the studio to capitalize on the name.
One of the last singles released was “I’m In A Lonely Situation.” It was issued during January of 1976 but received no chart action in the United States or the United Kingdom.
It remains a rare record but unfortunately not many people are collecting post Peter Noone Hermans Hermits records.
May 23, 2011
I still have difficulty believing that switching from the Monument label to MGM could have had such a negative effect on the career of Roy Orbison.
While with Monument, 1960-1964, he issued some of the best and commercially successful singles of the 1960’s. The summer of 1964 found his “Oh, Pretty Woman” topping the American singles chart for three weeks.
1965 found him on the MGM label. He would never have a top twenty hit for the label and it would not be until 1989 that he would have another single enter the top ten.
I can only think of two excellent MGM singles; “Ride Away” and “Cry Softly Lonely One.” “Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart” is at least average. The issue was not his voice, which remained a formidable instrument until the end of his life. It was his choice of material. It would reach number 31 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
While it was not a great performances, any Roy Orbison picture sleeve was welcome at the time.
May 22, 2011
The Beatles first single to chart in The United States was duiring early 1964. Record companies would issue thirty singles that year, which would chart.
The Beatles were signed to the Capital label in the U.S. and so all of their new matrial was issued on the famous Capital swirl label. Due to their success, any label that had the rights to Beatles material issued songs to cash in on their commercial success. Labels such as Vee Jay, Swan, Tollie, Atco, and MGM all issed singles with varrying degrees of success.
The Vee Jay label issued “Please Please Me,” Feb. 1, 1964. It has been recorded during November of 1962. It was a catchy piece of rock/pop with nice harmonies. It reached number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. The flip side, “From Me To You,” also charted at number 41.
It remains a nice if forgotten part of their career.