in 1964 in Manchester, England
Disbanded in 1970
Styles - British Invasion, Merseybeat, Pop/Rock
Hermits began life in 1963 in
Manchester, England, as the Heartbeats, the
group consisting of Keith Hopwood (b. Oct 26,
1946, Manchester, England) (guitar), Karl
Green (b. Jul 31, 1947, Salford, England) (guitar,
harmonica), Derek Leckenby (b. May 14,
1945, Leeds, England) (guitar), and Barry Whitwam
(b. Jul 21, 1946, Manchester, England)
(drums). They got the name Herman's
Hermits when they were joined by 16-year-old TV actor Peter Noone (b.
5, 1947, Manchester) (vocals, piano, guitar), who was thought to resemble
character on the Rocky & Bullwinkle TV cartoon. Pop producer Mickie
induced to see the group by their managers, thought Noone looked like a
young John Kennedy and agreed to sign them. Most chose the group's material, from revamped oldies and pub songs
to tunes submitted by professional songwriters like Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and produced the recordings,
generally using Noone as singer and a group of studio musicians.
result was two years of solid hits, starting with "I'm into Something Good,"
topped the U.K. charts and broke the group in America. There were 11 Top
hits in the U.S. through 1967, among them the number one gold singles "Mrs.
You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "I'm Henry VIII, I Am." Herman's Hermits
ten Top Ten hits in Britain through 1970. Inevitably, the group's teenage
appeal waned, and they never became the kind of self-sustaining
unit that could outlive that initial infatuation. The group split in 1970,
it has re-formed,
with and without Noone, for oldies performances.