Honeycombs have the right to celebrate with a few dates
The Honeycombs, featuring original leader Martin Murray, perform concerts this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Have I The Right’ topping charts around the world.
Martin, on rhythm guitar just like the hit-making days, lines up on stage with Geoff Thomas (lead vocals), Gayle Fraser (vocals), Martin Donald (lead guitar/backing vocals), Ant Atkins (bass/backing vocals) and Jim Green (drums/percussion).
The Honeycombs shot to No.1 in the UK, and many other countries, in 1964 with ‘Have I the Right’, helped by maverick producer Joe Meek and the songwriting-management team of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.
The group were famous for having a girl drummer in Honey Lantree, who sported a then- fashionable beehive hairdo. Her brother John was on bass, Alan Ward played lead guitar, and Dennis D’Ell handled the lead vocals.
The stomping sound was achieved by Meek augmenting Honey’s drumming by getting members of the group to stamp on the stairs of his studio. He placed microphones attached with bicycle clips under the stairs to capture the effect.
The Honeycombs had other hits in the UK with ‘Is It Because’. ‘Something Better Beginning’ and ‘That’s The Way’, but they enjoyed other chart successes in places like Scandinavia, Japan and Australia.
50th anniversary dates so far:
April 5 – Apollo Rooms, Harleston
May 4 – Regal Cinema, Stowmarket
July 5 – Diss Corn Hall, Diss
July 12 – Brookside Theatre, Romford
Aug 23 – Public Hall, Beccles