Hermits out and about
Herman’s Hermits, one of the busiest groups on the Golden Oldies circuit, have embarked on a 50th anniversary tour of the UK.
The group first soared to stardom back in 1964 when they went to No.1 in the UK charts and No.13 in the US charts with ‘I’m Into Something Good’, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
Herman’s Hermits, led by sole original member and drummer Barry Whitwam, with Peter Noone, built up a huge catalogue of hits in the 60s. They were briefly seen as rivals to The Beatles in the US where they notched up two No.1s, ‘Mrs Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’ and ‘I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am’.
‘I’m Into Something Good’ was the group’s only UK No.1, but they also had Top 10 hits with ‘Silhouettes’, ‘Wonderful World’, ‘A Must To Avoid’, ‘No Milk Today’, ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush’, ‘Sunshine Girl’, ‘Something’s Happening’, ‘My Sentimental Friend’ and ‘Years May Come, Years May Go’.
The hits did not end there and the group scored 17 times altogether in the top 20 from 1964-70, making them one of the biggest acts of the Swinging Sixties and with a longer chart career than many others. With producer Mickie Most at the controls, the Herman’s Hermits records were always high quality.
The original Herman’s Hermits were Peter Noone (lead singer), Derek Leckenby (lead guitar), Keith Hopwood (rhythm guitar), Karl Green (bass) and Barry Whitwam (drums).
Barry and his current band mates – Geoff Foot (lead vocals/bass), Kevan Lingard (keyboards/backing vocals) and Paul Cornwell (guitar/backing vocals) travel the world to perform, and remain a breezy crew, despite sometimes gruelling journeys and transport hiccups. He recalled a recent 24 hours on the road: “What a start to the day! I got the flight time wrong. I thought it was 6.55am, but it was 5.55am.
“We got to Manchester Airport at 5.25am. It’s a good job we only had carry-on bags: what a dash to the plane!”
50th anniversary tour
19 – Albert Halls, Stirling
20 – Goths Hall, Glenrothes
27 – Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock
28 – Assembly Rooms, Tamworth
29 – Unity Farm Holiday Centre, Burnham On Sea
6 – Vauxhall Holiday Park,
18 – The Trimpell. Morecombe.
April 19 – Broadwater Holiday Park,
20 – Newton Holiday Park, Blackpool
26 – Moreton Sport & Social Club , The Wirral