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Herman's Hermits
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Herman's Hermits

Herman's Hermits was a British rock band in the 1960s, formed in Manchester, England in 1963 (see 1963 in music). After playing live for a time, they soon met future producer Mickie Most and released "I'm Into Something Good", though they hadn't actually played on the record; only singer Peter Noone (former Coronation Street actor) actually took part. Most of their future singles followed this pattern, with Noone singing in front of various session musicians, including Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

Herman's Hermits were hugely successful in the mid-1960s, and were much easier to listen to and more accessible than other British Invasion bands. Their first American hit was "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter", which had been recorded simply as a joke. Soon, more novelty records shot to #1 in the states, but the band simply could not maintain a British audience. This continued until 1966's "No Milk Today". Soon, however, the Monkees had replaced Herman's Hermits as the simple pop rock act, and the Hermits' career declined even further. "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)" engendered a mild revival, but soon disappeared from the charts but the band was effectively over by 1973.

After the group disbanded, Peter Noone enjoyed a brief solo career, having an unlikely hit with David Bowie's, "Oh, You Pretty Things".

On one occasion Victor Lewis-Smith allegedly introduced Peter Noone as "Peter No One of The Tremeloes".

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, radio conglomerate Clear Channel Communications sent out of a list of 150 songs that were recommended to be pulled from airplay. The Hermits tune "Wonderful World" was among those listed, along with the Sam Cooke version.

Other songs by Herman's Hermits include: