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Herman's Hermits are an English beat rock band, formed in Manchester in 1964.

Originally called Herman & The Hermits, they were discovered by Harvey Lisberg, who signed them up to management. Lisberg sent a return plane ticket to Mickie Most so that he could come up from London to see the band play in Bolton. Most became the group's record producer, controlling the band's output. He emphasised a simple, non-threatening, clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman's Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s.

Their first hit was a cover of Earl-Jean's "I'm into Something Good" (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 13 in the US in late 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US Billboard Hot 100 No.1s with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" (originally sung by Tom Courtenay in a 1963 British TV play) and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" (a British music hall song by Harry Champion dating from 1911, which singer Peter Noone's Irish grandfather had been in the habit of singing when Noone was young). These songs were aimed at a US fan base, with Noone exaggerating his Mancunian accent.

In the US, their records were released on the MGM label, a company which often featured musical performers they had signed to record deals in films. The Hermits appeared in several MGM movies, including When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) and Hold On! (1966). They also starred in the film Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) and appeared in the 1965 anthology film Pop Gear.

Herman's Hermits had four Top 3 hits in the US in 1965, with the aforementioned No. 1 hits and "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" (US No. 2). They recorded The Rays' "Silhouettes" (US No. 5), Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" (US No. 4), "Just a Little Bit Better" (US No. 7), and "A Must to Avoid" (US No. 8) in 1965; "Listen People" (US No. 3), George Formby's "Leaning on a Lamp Post" from Me and My Girl (US No. 9), and the Ray Davies song "Dandy" (US No. 5) in 1966; and "There's a Kind of Hush" (US No. 4) in 1967. On WLS "Mrs. Brown" and "Silhouettes" were 1–2 on 14 May 1965 and exchanged positions the next week, a distinction matched only by The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" during 14 February – 6 March 1964.

The group appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Continued success in the US proved elusive beyond 1967, although they had as many Top Ten hits in Britain in the period 1967 through 1970 as they had had there in the years of the mid-'sixties when the band were wowing American audiences and British audiences seemed more diffident. By the time the group recorded their final album of the 1960s, Rock 'n' Roll Party, the band's success in the US was history and the album was not released by MGM there. Peter Noone left the band in 1971. Herman's Hermits reunited in 1973 to headline a successful British invasion tour of the US culminating with a standing-room-only performance at Madison Square Garden and an appearance on The Midnight Special. A later lineup with lead guitarist Derek Leckenby and drummer Barry Whitwam as the remaining original members opened for The Monkees on their 80s reunion tours of the US. The band still continues to tour today, with Whitwam as the only remaining member from the original lineup

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Introducing Herman’s Hermits Herman’s Hermits 3
1965 Herman's Hermits On Tour Herman’s Hermits 1
1966 Both Sides of Herman's Hermits (US release) Herman’s Hermits 1
1967 Blaze Herman’s Hermits 1
1967 Both Sides of Herman's Hermits (UK version) Herman’s Hermits 2
1967 There's a Kind of Hush All Over the World Herman’s Hermits 1
1987 Herman's Hermits: Their Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 1
2002 Herman's Hermits / Both Sides of Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Peter Noone's Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
1971 The Most of Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
1988 Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 1
1988 No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
1989 Herman's Hermits [Compacts for Pleasure] Herman’s Hermits 1
1991 The Best of the EMI Years, Volume 1: 1964–1966 Herman’s Hermits 1
1992 The Best of the EMI Years, Volume 2: 1967-1971 Herman’s Hermits 1
1993 Gold Herman’s Hermits 1
1995 Original Hits Herman’s Hermits 1
1997 The Very Best of Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
1997 Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 2
1998 Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
2001 All The Hits Plus More Herman’s Hermits 1
2001 The Best of Herman’s Hermits 1
2002 The Hermhits Herman’s Hermits 1
2002 No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
2004 Best of the 60's: Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
2004 Retrospective Herman’s Hermits 3
2005 The Very Best of Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
2006 Their Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 2
2008 Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-1972 Herman’s Hermits 1
2012 The Very Best of Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 1
A Kind of Hush Herman’s Hermits 1
Best of the 60's Herman’s Hermits 1
Classic Collections Herman’s Hermits 1
Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 1
Herman's Hermits - Silhouettes Herman’s Hermits 1
Herman's Hermits: Best Herman’s Hermits 1
I'm Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits 1
No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
That Was Then, This Is Now Herman’s Hermits 1
The Most Of Herman’s Hermits 1
Their Greatest Hits Herman’s Hermits 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Herman's Hermits & Chantal - Live in Germany Herman’s Hermits 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Hold On! Herman’s Hermits 1
1968 Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Show Me Girl / I Know Why Herman’s Hermits 1
1964 I'm Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits 1
1965 Wonderful World / (I Gotta) Dream On Herman’s Hermits 1
1965 A Must to Avoid / The Man With the Cigar Herman’s Hermits 1
1965 Just a Little Bit Better / Sea Cruise Herman’s Hermits 1
1965 Silhouettes Herman’s Hermits 2
1965 Wonderful World Herman’s Hermits 1
1966 No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
1966 Dandy / No Milk Today Herman’s Hermits 1
1967 Don't Go Out Into the Rain (You're Going to Melt) / Moonshine Man Herman’s Hermits 1
1967 I Can Take or Leave Your Loving / Marcel's Herman’s Hermits 1
1967 There's a Kind of Hush Herman’s Hermits 1
1968 Sleepy Joe / Just One Girl Herman’s Hermits 1
1968 Sunshine Girl / Nobody Needs to Know Herman’s Hermits 1
1968 Something's Happening / The Most Beautiful Thing in My Life Herman’s Hermits 1
1969 My Sentimental Friend / My Lady Herman’s Hermits 1
1969 Here Comes the Star / It's Alright Now Herman’s Hermits 1
1970 Years May Come, Years May Go / Smile Please Herman’s Hermits 1
1970 Lady Barbara Herman’s Hermits 1
1970 Bet Yer Life I Do Herman’s Hermits 1
1984 I'm Into Something Good / Silhouettes Herman’s Hermits 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Herman's Hermits Herman’s Hermits 2
Greatest Hits Live Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Herman's Hermits '66 Herman’s Hermits 1

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