December 9, 2015
There was the British Invasion of The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, and Rolling Stones. Then there was the British Invasion of Freddy & The Dreamers and Herman’s Hermits.
The Hermits may have been the light pop side of the English sound but 1965 was their year. They had seven singles reach the Billboard Pop Chart and all seven reached the top 10 with two becoming number one hits.
Peter Noone was a child actor before he became Herman. While they were a legitimate band, many of their studio tracks music were played by outside musicians including Jimmy Page and John Paul Johes, who would become one half of Led Zeppelin.
Mrs. Brown reached the Billboard Hot 100 Chart April 17, 1965 at number 12. Two weeks later it was the number one song in America where it remained for three weeks.
August 30, 2011
The British Music Invasion of the United States was in full swing during 1965. Bands such as The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Animals and many more were dominating the music charts, with their brand of rock ‘n’ roll.
On the other side of the coin was the pop sound of Hermans Hermits. They had almost reached the top of the charts when “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” spent two weeks at number two during early 1965.
They would issue the biggest hit of their career, April 17, 1965, when they released “Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter.” It spent three weeks as the number one song on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts.
It was simplistic light weight pop. It is also not held in the highest esteem today but at the time, singles like “Mrs. Brown” and others, sold well over ten million copies, which speaks for itself.