March 18, 2016
The British Invasion was in full bloom and no two singles could have been as different as “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones and “I’m Henry The VIII I Am” by Herman’s Hermits. Yet, on August 7, 1965, Herman’s Hermits replaced The Stones at the top of the American Singles Chart.
The song was a British Dance Hall tune from 1911, which the Hermits recycled. It was simple and today is somewhere between dated and quant. Still, for one week during the summer of 1965 it ruled the music world in the United States.
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 15, 2013
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.
August 6, 2013
Herman’s Hermits were the soft pop side of the 1960s British Invasion of the United States. While their music has often been dismissed at light weight, they sold millions of records in the United States.
Their first single, “I’m Into Something Good,” reached number 13 on the BILLBOARD Magazine Hot 100 in 1965. They hit their stride, 1964-1966, when they placed nine singles in a row in the American top 10.
“Wonderful World” was an old soul song, written by the unusual combination on Sam Cooke, Jerry Moss, and Lou Adler. It was original recorded by Cooke. Herman’s Hermits turned it into an up-tempo pop song, During the summer of 1965, it peaked at number four during its ten weeks on the charts.
During 1964-1968, they reached the Hot 100 19 times but would never have another hit. Today there are two versions of the band that tour.
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.
June 13, 2011
Herman’s Hermits represented the ligtweight/pop side of The British Invasion. During 1965 their sales of singles and chart success rivaled that of The Beatles.
During 1966 they appeared in the movie WHEN THE BOYS MEET THE GIRLS. One of the songs they performed was “Listen People.” It was one of their more interesting songs as it had tempo changes, plus stayed away from the cute and simple lyrics of most of their material.
The song was pulled from the album and issued as a single. It reached number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
While many of their songs have not withstood the test of time well; “Listen People” is still a good listen 45 years after its original release.