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Herman’s Hermits U.S.  Discography

Herman’s Hermits didn’t start off as the cuddly cute British ensemble that we came to know in the mid 1960’s.

In fact, given their druthers, the English lads would have preferred to continue on as a rhythm n’ blues group of sorts.  The Hermits formed in 1963 and were a merging of two groups – with a very young (15) Peter Noone, Keith Hopwood and Karl Green coming from “The Heartbeats” (as well as Alan Wrigley and Steve Titterington.

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Noone on Coronation Street 1961

Although very young, Noone was already experienced in show business, having appeared on a British TV soap “Coronation Street” in a juvenile role – for a character named “Stanley Fairclough” – that being in 1961.   (Noone’s birth name is “Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone”).

They would be joined by two members of “The Wailers” – Derek Leckenby and Barry Whitwam.  Titterington gave way on drums to Whitwarm – and Leckenby replaced Green.  And so the lineup was set – and would remain solidly in place and would continue on first as “Herman and the Hermits and then Herman’s Hermits.

Their R&B journey was halted when their manager, Harvey Lisberg, elected to bring in producer Mickie Most.  The Mick would convince the group to soften their approach, purposely exaggerate their British accents and take aim for the mainstream pop charts – a specialty of Mr. Most.

Lisberg would manage many British acts including Wayne Fontana, Julie Driscoll and Graham Gouldman to name a few.  Mickie Most had experience with The Animals, on some of their big hits (think “House of the Rising Sun”), the Nashville Teens’ “Tobacco Road”, Donovan with “Mellow Yellow” and “Sunshine Superman” and many more, Lulu with “To Sir With Love” and The Seekers.

The Hermits – much like the Dave Clark Five – maintained a steady lineup and did not mess with the hit-machine formula.  Surprisingly, neither “I’m Henry the Eighth” or “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” – two number one monster hits in the U.S., were even released as singles in their native Great Britain.  Perhaps just a bit too British for the Brits….  Interestingly. both tunes received Grammy nominations in 1965.

When they cooled off in the United States in 1967 after enjoying a string of 12 straight Top 20 hits (10 of them Top 10), they would catch fire in England with 12 consecutive hits in their native land.

Herman’s Hermits cruised along with basically the same steady lineup much like The Dave Clark Five from the early days until 1971 when Peter Noone elected to depart.  The band continued on as “The Hermits” releasing music on several labels with little success.  Derek Leckenby took over lead vocals – a tough assignment – and one he assumed until 1980.  He has since passed away.  Peter rejoined very briefly for a reunion and then that was that.

Cash Box April 17th, 1965

Cash Box July 2nd, 1966

Cash Box December 31st, 1966

Herman’s Hermits’ U.S. 45 & 7-inch Vinyl

1964 – I’m Into Something Good – Charted Number 13

1965 – Can’t Your Hear My Heartbeat – Charted Number 2

1965 – Silhouettes – Charted Number 5

1965 – Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter – Charted Number 1 for Three Weeks

1965 – Wonderful World – Charted Number 4

1965 – I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Charted Number 1 for One Week

1965 – Just a Little Bit Better – Charted Number 7

1965 – A Must To Avoid – Charted Number 8

1966 – Listen People – Charted Number 3

1966 – Leaning on the Lampost – Charted Number 9

1966 – This Door Swings Both Way – Charted Number 12

1966 – Dandy – Charted Number 5

1966 – East West – Charted Number 27

1967 – XX (FLEXI)

1967 – There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World – Charted 4 – No Milk Today – Charted Number 35

1967 – Don’t Go Out Into the Rain (You’re Gonna Melt) – Charted Number 18

1967 – Museum – Charted Number 39

1967 – I Can Take or Leave Your Loving – Charted Number 22

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1968 – Sleepy Joe – Charted Number 61

1968 – Sunshine Girl – Charted Number 101

1968 – The Most Beautiful Thing In My Life – Charted Number 131

1968 – Something’s Happening – Charted Number 130

1969 – DJO/X

1969 – XX

1969 – XX

Herman’s Hermits U.S. Long Plays

MGM 4282 – “Introducing Herman’s Hermits” – Charted February, 1965 – 40 Weeks – Peaks #2

After “Mrs. Brown” became a smash hit – the LP was retitled and thus two cover versions – The official title of this LP was “Introducing Herman’s Hermits”

Stereo Issue – Introducing Herman’s Hermits

MGM 4295 – “Herman’s Hermits On Tour” – Charted June, 1965 – 39 Weeks – Peaks #2

Stereo Issue – Herman’s Hermits on Tour

MGM 4315 – “The Best of Herman’s Hermits” – Charted November, 1965- 105 Weeks – Peaks #5

Stereo Issue – The Best of Herman’s Hermits

 

MGM 4306 – “British Go-Go” – Released 1965 – Did Not Chart

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MGM 4342 – “Hold On!” (soundtrack) – Charted March, 1966 – 26 Weeks – Peaks #14

Movie Poster shown & additional Images below extracted from a special 24 page promotional booklet

 

HERMITS BOOK HERMITS BOOK (1)

HERMITS BOOK (3) HERMITS BOOK (2)

HERMANS HOLD ON POSTER

Stereo Issue – Hold On!

MGM 4386 – “Both Sides Of Herman’s Hermits – Charted August, 1966 – 21 Weeks – Peaks #48

Stereo Issue – Both Sides of Herman’s Hermits

A large Peter Noone poster is included with this LP

HERMITS - BEST OF VOL 2

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HERMITS 05 BOTH SIDES BOOK

Stereo Issue – The Best of Herman’s Hermits, Vol. 2

Record Club Issue – MGM ST-90941 – The Best of Herman’s Hermits, Volume 2

Metro 577 – “Mickie Most Presents English In-Groups” – Released 1966 – Did Not Chart
(This is a budget release of MGM 4306)

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MGM 4438 – “There’s A Kind of Hush All Over The World” – Charted March, 1967 – 35 Weeks, Peaks #13

Stereo Issue – There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World

MGM 4478 – “Blaze” – Charted October, 1967 – 9 Weeks – Peaks #75

Stereo Issue – Blaze

MGM 4505 – “The Best of Herman’s Hermits Volume III” – Charted December, 1968 – 8 Weeks – Peaks #102

Stereo Issue – The Best of Herman’s Hermits – Vol. III

HERMITS 09 BEST 3 HERMITS 09 BEST 3_0001

MGM 4548 – “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” (soundtrack) – Charted September, 1968 – 3 Weeks – Peaks #182

Promotional movie poster shown

HERMITS BROWN POSTER

LP – Canada – Quality V 1808 – Blaze – 1967

LP – UK – Columbia SX 6084 – Both Sides of Herman’s Hermits – October, 1966

LP – UK – Columbia SX 6332 – The Best Of Herman’s Hermits – September, 1969

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