For those who missed the beginnings
Peter Noone (vocals); Derek "Lek" Leckenby (lead guitar); Keith Hopwood (rhythm guitar); Karl Green
(bass); Barry "Bean" Whitman (drums)
Noone who sold programs as a schoolboy at Manchester
United Soccer matches, has studied at the Manchester School of Music and Drama and has appeared in the ITV soap "Coronation
Street", before being offered a part in a film starring Judy Garland in 1961, an opportunity scotched, however, by his parent.
Now in a group with Green and Hopwood. Noone meets Leckenby who is playing in the Wailers with Whitman in the Cavern, Manchester.
They Team up as the Heartbeats, with Noone using the name Peter Novak, and playing at youth clubs, and teen dance hall, eventually
signing with managers Harvey Lisberg and Charlie Silverman. The group's name is changed after Green notes a likeness between
Noone and the character Sherman in the TV cartoon "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show". "Sherman" becomes "Herman" and the band's
name develops to Herman & His Hermits, later shortened to Herman's Hermits.
Lisberg and Silverman send producer Mickie Most
a plane ticket and book him into Manchester's Midland Hotel, before taking him to see the group on stage in Bolton, Lancs.
Most sees a facial likeness between Noone and a young John F. Kennedy and decides that the singer's "little -boy-lost" look
would make him the ideal frontman for a pop act aimed as much at mums and dads as teenagers.
Sept  Signed to Most and via him to EMI's Columbia
label, the group tops the UK chart with it's debut single, I'm Into Something Good, a cover of Earl-Jean's US #38
hit. (Like most of the records which follow, it includes little of the Hermits themselves; Noone's vocals are backed by sessionmen,
such as guitarists Jimmy Page and big Jim Sullivan, with John Paul Jones (who later forms Led Zeppelin with Page) taking
care of the bass and most of the arrangements.)
December  Show Me Girl, submitted by Something Good
writers Goffin and King, who are impressed by the Hermit's cover version, reaches UK #19.
December I'm Into Something Good climbs to
US # 13. A million seller, it earns the group's first gold disc.
Jan- On its first US visit, the group
makes a cameo appearance in the teen movie"When Boys Meet The Girls", starring Connie Francis and Harve Presnell.
February  The group begins a 21-date, twice-nightly UK package tour
headed by Del Shannon, at the City Hall, Sheffield, Yorks, set to end March 22nd at the Odeon Cinema, Glasglow, Scotland.
March  Their revival of the Rays' 1957 million seller, Silhouettes,
hits UK# 3.
March  The John Carter/ Ken Lewis (Ivy League) composition, Can't
You Hear My Heartbeat, hits US# 2, behind the Supremes' Stop! In The Name Of Love and will become Herman's Hermits' second
April  The band appears at the annual "New Musical Express Poll Winners
Concert" at the Empire Pool, Wembley, Middx., with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and many others.
April  The group begins its first full US tour, a 34-day trek on
Dick Clark's "Caravan Of Stars", set to end on June 2nd.
May  Trevor Peacock-penned Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
begins a three-week reign atop the Us chart, having entered at #12, the highest first-week placing for a single in seven years,
due to unprecedented airplay. It is extracted from the US-only release as a single in the UK; the group is not enamored of
it and thinks the arrangement too corny for the British market.
May  Silhouettes hits US # 5 and is a million seller on combined
May  Their update of Sam Cooke's Wonderful World hits UK#7.
June  The group appears on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan
Show" and also performs on the network's "It's What's Happening Baby" on the 28th
July Noone is voted one of the ten best-dressed men in the UK. The group's
second US album Herman's Hermits On Tour, hits US # 2 while the first is still in the Top 10.
July  Wonderful World hits US #4.
July  The group performs at a dance for Doncaster Rovers soccer club
at the Doncaster Top Rank Ballroom, before leaving for a US concert visit.
July  A Dick Clark package tour begins in the US, set to end on August
8th. (After a Bridgeport, CT gig, a local police chief states "I can assure any organization planning to sponsor entertainment
of this type in the future that no permit will be issued by the police department", citing unruly behavior by teenagers.)
August  I'm Henry VIII, I Am, their version of a 1911 music-hall song,
extracted as a US-only single from Herman's Hermits On Tour, again after strong pre-release air-play, hits # 1 and becomes
another US million seller. On holiday in Hawaii, Noone meets, and "interviews" for the New Musical Express, Elvis Presley,
who is working on location for the film "Paradise, Hawaiian Style".
September  Just A Little Bit Better reaches Uk # 15. Herman's
Hermits, a belatedly-release Uk compliation of the two US albums, makes # 16.
October  Just A Little Bit Better hits US # 7.
October  Herman hosts NBC-TV's "Hullabaloo".
November  The begins an 18-date, twice-nightly UK tour, with Bill
Fury, Wayne Fontana, the Fortunes and others at the Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton, warks., set to climax on the 22nd at the
Odeon Cinema, Manchester.
December Compilation album The Best Of Herman's Hermits, hits US # 5.
January  The group begins its
first tour of Australia and Japan.
January  A Must to Avoid, often referred to by Noone as A Muscular
Boy, a dig at his own indistinct phrasing of the lyrics, hits UK # 6 and US # 8 (a week earlier), and is another million seller.
March  US-only Listen People, the group's first A-side ballad, hits
US # 3 and earns yet another gold disc.
April  The Band begins a 12-date, twice-nightly UK tour, with Dave
Berry, the MindBenders, David and Jonathan, and Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, at the ABC Cinema, Dover, Kent, ending on the
20th at the ABC Cinema, Edinburgh, Scotland.
April  UK-only released You Won't Be Leaving, with Listen People
on the B-side, reaches UK # 20. The teen-movie soundtrack album, Hold On!, climbs to US # 14, featuring 11 Herman's Hermits
April  Movie "Hold On"!" premieres in Los Angeles, CA.
May  They play at their second annual "New Musical Express Poll Winners
Concert" at Empire Pool, on a bill topped by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
May  Extracted from Hold On! Leaning On A Lamp Post, their revival
of the George Formby oldie, hits US # 9.
June  The group guests on the last edition of ITV's
"Thank Your Lucky Stars".
July  They begin another US tour, with the Animals, Jerry Lee
Lewis and Lou Christie, in Honolulu, HI set to end on August 10th.
July  This Door Swings Both Ways reaches UK # 18 and will at US #
12 on August 13.
September Both Sides Of Herman's Hermits peaks at US # 48.
November  "The Canterville Ghost", featuring Noone, Sir Michael Redgrave
and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., airs on US TV.
November  No Milk Today, written by Graham Gouldman (later of 10cc),
hits UK # & as Dandy, written by Ray Davies of the Kinks, hits US # 5.
December  East West, also by Gouldman, reaches UK # 37, and US #
27 the following week.
The Best Of Herman's Hermits, Volume II peaks at US #20.
March  There's A Kind of Hush (All Over The World)
hits UK # 7, and the following week in the US, where it is a million seller.
April-- Noone visits Rocommon in Erie, to trace the roots
of his grandfather Tommy Noone, who emigrated to England 50 years earlier.
April  Kind Of A Hush US B-side, the former UK hit No
Milk Today, makes # 35
April  The group is featured in CBS-TV's Leonard Berstein-hosted
"Inside Pop--The Revolution".
May There's A Kind Of A Hush reaches
US # 13.
July  The band opens a North American tour with the Who, on
their first US tour, as its support act, and the Blue Magoos in Calgary, ab, Canada, set to end September 9th in Honolulu.
July  Don't Go Out Into The Rain (You're Going To Melt) reaches
US # 18.
September  Museum, written and also recorded by Donovan (Mickie
Most later admits he used the same backing track for both versions), reaches US # 39. It is released in the UK but is
the group's first chart failure.
September  The group guests on CBS-TV's "The Smothers Brothers
October US-only issued Blaze peaks at US #
January The Best Of Herman's Hermits, Volume II reaches US # 102.
February  I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving climbs to UK # 11
and US # 22.
May  The band begins a ten-date, twice-nightly UK-tour, with
Amen Corner, Dave Berry, the Paper Dolls, John Rowles and the Echoes, at the Town Hall, Birmingham, W. Midlands, ending on
the 19th at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.
May  Sleepy Joes peaks at UK# 12.
June  Sleepy Joe peak at US # 61,
as a new generation of US bands eclipses Herman's Hermits, who have nevertheless lasted longer than many of their UK comtemporaries.
August  John Carter and Geoff Stephens-written Sunshine Girl
hits UK # 8.
September The group, with Noone as the romantic lead opposite
Sheila White, stars in the film "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter', inspired by the hit single. The Mrs. Brown You've
Got A Lovely Daughter soundtrack album makes US # 182.
November  Noone marries Mireille Strasser in London, on his
21st birthday.Yes, that's right girls, he's taken!!!! (He enters into a business partnership
with Graham Gouldman, which includes studio production work and the opening of a New York boutique named Zoo.)
December  "Pinnocchio", with Herman in the title role and
Burl Ives as Geppetto, airs on US TV.
December  The group guests on BBC1-TV's "Val Doonican Show".
January  Something's Happening, a rewrite of a European song,
hits UK # 6.
May  The ban appears on ITV's "This Is Tom Jones".
May  Carter/Stephens-inked My Sentimental Friend hits UK #
2, the group's second -biggest UK success.
December  Here Comes The Star, their cover of an Australian
hit noted during a tour there, peaks at UK # 33.
March  Years My Come, Years May Go hits UK # 7, the group's
final release on UK Columbia.
June  Bet Your Life I Do, written by members of Hot Chocolate
and released on Most's newly-formed RAK label, makes UK #22.
November  The group participates
in the Royal Variety Performance in London.
January  Lady Barbara, another
Hot Chocolate song, reaches Uk # 13, and is the group's final UK hit single. It is credited to Peter Noone & Herman's
Hermits, leading to accurate speculation of an impending split. The Hermits base themselves in the US, to work the nostalgia
circuit, while Noone
remains in the UK, recording for Most's RAK label.
June  Noone's only solo hit, at UK # 12, is his treatment
of David Bowie's Oh You Pretty Thing, featuring its composer on piano. (The follow-up, another Bowie song, Right On Mother,
will fail to chart, as will later '70s solo projects on RAK, Phillips, Casablanca and Bus Stop.)
June  Noone briefly reunites with
the Hermits, to top the bill of the "British Invasion" nostalgia concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, before 13,000
people. Also playing are the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders. Noone and the group
will permanently part company later in the year, with the former continuing in cabaret and in theatrical stage roles.
Living in Los Angeles, Noone forms the short-lived Tremblers in 1980, with Gregg Inhofer
and Gee Conner on guitars, Mark Browne on bass and Robert Williams on drums, and records the album Twice Nightly. He will
go on to enjoy his biggest stage success in the starring role (as Frederic) of the 1983 London version of Gilbert and Sullivan's
"The Pirates Of Penzance", having taken over the part from Rex Smith on Broadway in 1982. His re-recording of I'm Into Something
Good will be featured in the 1988 conedy caper "The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad".
June  While both the Hermits, lining up as Leckenby, Whitman,
Geoff Foote and Rod Gerrard, and Noone have continued to perform separately on the nostalgia circuit, Noone, now living in
Montecito, CA, is still highly visible in the '90s as an ever-youthful VJ on the US cable TV channel VH-1 and as interviewer
for the station's music magazine, "My Generation". Leckenby now dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Manchester, after playing
his final gig with Herman's Hermits in Moses Lake, WA on May 29th.