From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: September 19th, 1964

December 7, 2011

The Honeycombs!

The Honeycombs broke onto the U.S. charts with an explosion – showcasing their female drummer Anne “Honey” Lantree sister of the group bass player John Lantree.  Other original members included Dennis “D’Ell” Dalziel real name –  (vocals), Martin Murray (guitar), and Alan Ward (rhythm guitar).  The group emerged from London in 1963 and were first known as the Sherabons.  Martin departed the group to be replaced in 1964 by Peter Pye.  Only D’Ell would continue on with a meager solo comeback effort during the 1970’s.  “Have I the Right” shot to number 5 on the Billboard Charts and all the way to number 1 in the U.K.  “Have I the Right” epitomizes the big Beat Sound in the early days complete with its signature “Mersey Ending”.  The last formation of the Honeycombs included Colin Boyd (guitar), Rod Butler (lead guitar) and Eddie Spence.

North London's Honeycombs

The group would only chart one more time with “I Can’t Stop” in the U.S.  In the U.K. they charted four times on the Pye label with their last hit being “That’s the Way” in August of 1965.  “I Can’t Stop” failed to chart in Great Britain.  The group signed with Vee Jay Records in the U.S. which released three singles on their Interphon label.  Their only U.S. album would be released both on Vee Jay and Interphon with the Vee Jay release being slightly more sought after.

Dusty's 4th Chart-Bound Single - All Cried Out

 British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – September 19th, 1964

(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research website presenting Billboard Charts)
Top Invaders:
Number 1 – Animals – The House of the Rising Sun – 2nd week at 1
Number 8 – Dave Clark Five – Because
Number 9 – Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Dusty Springfield – All Cried Out – #109 – Peaks at #41
Honeycombs – Have I the Right – #90 – Peaks at #5

Animals – Gonna Send You Back to Walker – #65
Animals – Baby Let Me Take You Home – #116
Bachelors – I Wouldn’t Trade You For the World – #80
Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night #12
Beatles – Matchbox – #32
Beatles – Slow Down – #43
Beatles – And I Love Her – #28
Beatles – If I Fell – #55
Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now – #26
Shevelles – I Could Conquer the World – #108
Gerry & Pacemakers – How Do You Do It – #31
Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – #72
P.J. Proby – Hold Me – #79
Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas – From a Window – #37
Chad & Jeremy – A Summer Song #30
George Martin – Ringo’s Theme – #57
Millie Small – Sweet William – #48
Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine #20
Brian Poole – Someone Someone – #97
Searchers – Someday We’re Gonna Love Again #35
Cilla Black – It’s for You – #84

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