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The Rock-itt : June 2012
Herman’s Hermits were another of the British bands which impacted greatly in the era of the swinging sixties and who also became a big part of “The British Invasion”. The five lads making up the line-up for Herman’s Hermits formed the band in 1963 and rather than coming out of the woodwork in Liverpool, actually came from Manchester. They were in a similar vein to the Beatles, clean cut, well tailored suits, shiny collar length hair, and played pop rock which suited the genre of the early sixties to a tee. They came out with some rather catchy tunes which caught on quickly and the band was extremely popular with the young ladies of the period. Front man and lead vocals, Peter Noone was fresh faced with a peaches and cream complexion, and although his voice was very heavily accented with the British brogue, unlike the Beatles who sounded American, the British accent actually worked to enhance the fact that they were a British band and that’s what everyone wanted at this point in time. With their successes with two number one hits in the United States, they headed off across the Atlantic and made quite an impact on the Americans appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, as well as the popular Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason shows. The group also appeared in some light hearted movies in the sixties which were more of a cash in on their music successes. Although not masterpieces, the films gave the band even more exposure which added to their popularity. It was obvious that someone would eventually cash in on Herman’s Hermits’ huge success in the states and it wasn’t long before another manufactured band virtually tarred with the sam e brush as the Hermits, put together by a company in the U.S called the “Monkees” came on the scene. With the fickle nature of the fans at that time, a new thing was always being sought and soon the Monkees seemed to take over from the Hermits creating a new wave of hysteria which suited the Americans as now they had a rival to the British bands, but we will talk more on the Monkees further down the track. I have to say I liked Herman’s Hermits. They fitted the era of the sixties like a glove and their music was simple yet enjoyable having no darker side to the song’s themes. Herman’s Hermits made a big contribution to the swinging sixties and were part of the spearhead of the British invasion which virtually conquered the world of Pop music. There were no off stage dramas to tarnish the name of the band and their whole performance, from when they started out to when their popularity declined in the late sixties, was that of fun and enjoyment. But if Herman’s Hermits were known as the boys next door, our next band up for a glimpse in this issue were not regarded WHERE TO GET THE ROCK-ITT Calabria Club Manly Vale, Warringah Mall, Medical Centre Warringah Mall, HCF Dental Warringah Mall, HCF Eyecare Warringah Mall, , Cash Traders Dee Why, BSW Bottle Shop Newport, Mona Vale Rd Terrey Hills, Time & Tide Hotel Campbell Ave Dee Why, Newport Arms Hotel, Old Manly Boatshed The Corso. Yo Yos Youth Club Forest Way, Subway Avalon, Subway Skyline Shops, Parkway Hotel Frenchs Forest, Mona Vale Hotel Old Barrenjoey Rd, Curl Curl BSW Bottle Shop , Fishos Raglan St Manly, Warriewood Square, Eco-Spray Car Wash Cafe, Beacon Hill, Pie Shop Terrey Hills Shops, Coffee Shop Terrey Hills Shops, The Beach Club Collaroy, George the Barber, Roger St Brookvale, (George also keeps back issues). This Month: The British Invasion Continues with........Herman’s Hermits and The Rolling Stones Peter Noone “Hermits” Front man & Lead Vocals As Herman’s Hermits looked at their peak In the 60’s Herman’s Hermits pulled big crowds wherever they played