They were formed in April 1964 in Manchester
. The founding members were Peter Noone
, Barry Whitwam
, Karl Green
, Keith Hopwood
, Derek Leckenby
, and it was Noone who was nicknamed Herman
, which came from Sherman
in the Rocky and Bullwinkle
show. Noone left in 1971, but the group are apparently still going, under the name of The Hermits
, and drummer
Whitwam (The Bean
) is still with them.
Their singles up to 1971 were:
For one album, pick The Most of Herman's Hermits , as it contains most of their best tracks, including the excellently sentimental "The Most Beautiful Thing In My Life".
As I write, their next concert
date is next Saturday, 17 March 2001, at Skegness
Funcoast World. Then on following weeks it's Minehead
, Great Yarmouth
, the Butlins
; they're in Germany in April-May and September-October, and in the USA in July-August. If you live in or near Skegness but can't make the first date they're back there on 26 October. They consider it sad that Peter Noone
won't play places like Butlins
because he thinks they're beneath him. Note to foreigners: the preceding paragraph is funny and sad.