Herman's Hermits

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1990 (The 1991 Induction Ceremony)

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I'm Into Something Good (1964)

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Will Herman's Hermits be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


26 comments so far (post your own)

I'll admit that during the 60s I was deep into the Beatles, Monkees, and others, but I have lately had the pleasure of attending a concert in Mount Vernon Ohio with Peter Noone and even got the meet him. I must say that the concert was great and the cds I have listened to made wonder what planet I was on. They are great too! I wasn't listening to it enough back then. Herman's Hermits were a huge part of the British invasion that affected all of rock and molded what has been nothing but great influence for the future of music. They are highly underated and if you take the time to listen to atleast some of their best songs I think many agree. By the way Peter I was the guy in line with the gray shirt that you autographed that wasn't a Herman's Hermit shirt, but I wanted to meet you. You could have said "hey what did you buy"? I did buy some cds later and he even autographed those too. Peter Noone could not be nicer and more deserving. He is greatly talented, underated, and no one takes more time for his fans. This band deserves it and should have already been inducted ahead of some of the ones, some of which I don't understand how they got inducted before Herman. Look Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Induct the ones from the early years first before you worry about some of these newer bands that may get a chance later. Atleast do the right thing and get Herman's Hermits in now. Just a thought.....Don

Posted by Dandy Don on Monday, 10.15.07 @ 21:22pm

as opposed to leting in all the more innovative and, frankly, better Manchester bands before them?

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 10.16.07 @ 12:06pm

Like The Hollies.

Posted by Steve Potocin on Wednesday, 03.12.08 @ 20:32pm

I love Herman's Hermits, but I wouldn't put them in. They were only a group when on the road. In the studio (at least most of the time), it was Noone singing and a bunch of studio musicians... not the actual group doing it. It's pretty common knowledge, as Peter has said it in interviews. I think that will hurt their chances more than anything else.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.26.08 @ 01:11am

Just got their GH record & listened to it. Love the 'I'm into Something Good' song & The 'Mrs Brown' song is great also. On the whole, though, they just don't have the amount of good material to get in.

When you have to put the 'Enery the 8th' song on your GH album, then you don't have enough kick ass material, IMO.

Posted by Paul in KY on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 13:38pm

How could you not like Enery the 8th?

It's like Sweet's "Little Willy". A classic pop song that was funny and strange all at the same time.

Although I do agree that HH should not be getting into the Hall without first buying tickets.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 14:08pm

Just 1 question.

Who's Herman???????

Posted by joker on Wednesday, 07.16.08 @ 15:05pm

Dameon said: 'How could you not like Enery the 8th? It's like Sweet's "Little Willy". A classic pop song that was funny and strange all at the same time.'

It's not a bad song. Better than anything I could write. I guess I just don't like 'ditty' songs. For example, I don't like The Airplane's 'Lather' song, nor 'Plastic Fantastic Lover'. I hate the Cream song about the kid that slips down the drain (can't remember the name of that one). There's also a Hollies song that I dislike that's in that genre.

I guess I'm just a humorless old fart :-).

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 12:08pm

the innocence of pure Brtish rock..At its best..
YES to RHOF !!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 13:03pm

I heard the band didn't like the songs "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and "I'm Henry the 8th I Am" after they came out. Oh well, I sure do!

Posted by Rolf on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:43pm

I love Herman's Hermits music and truly believe Peter Noone should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. He has more than enough hits to deserve being considered and he STILL has all the same talent and stage presence he had back when he was 16, plus some and is constantly adding to his fan base! Go see him LIVE in 2009 and you'll agree!!

My first Herman's Hermits concert wasn't until Nov 2004, when I was 27 and today I'm still following his concert schedule. Next concert... Busch Gardens, Florida in Feb! Can't wait!

:) Cassie

Posted by Cassie on Sunday, 01.4.09 @ 12:31pm

I live about 50 mi from The Rock Hall. I was at the Mt Vernon, Ohio show. I just saw Peter Noone at the 2009 Moon Dog Coronation Ball. I've been an HH fan since the day before dirt was invented, and a Noonatic since 2001. I have seen Peter many times (And yes I know him too). He never ceases to amaze me. Please check out his web site @ http://www.peternoone.com , and look for a concert near you.

Posted by Sue on Friday, 04.17.09 @ 13:58pm

Thanks Sue
Rock ON!!

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 04.17.09 @ 14:16pm

I think Herman's Hermits is long overdue in getting inducted in The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. I first saw Peter Noone in the summer of 2002 at an outdoor concert and it was just fabulous. Other than a great singer Peter Noone is a great entertainer and performer you just can't go wrong with him. I have been to 24 concerts I know for a fact I will never tire of Peter Noone hes that good. The music of Herman's Hermits attracts people of all ages not just the baby boomers that grew up with them. My next concert with Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone will be October 4th 2009 In Youngstown,Ohio come and join me I know you will be hooked. The concert in Youngstown will be held at The Stambaugh Auditorium.

Posted by Sandra on Tuesday, 06.9.09 @ 16:07pm

Peter Noone absolutely blew me away at the Moondog Ball in 09. I grew up listening to his 45's like all people my age and truly enjoyed his hits. However I found him to be sensational doing a live performance. He can still sing beautifully and entertain the crowd like almost no other

Definitely a H O F er

Posted by Timothy on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 10:36am

I have always been told that Herman's Hermits were too light weight for rock n roll, and were considered more as pop musicians. Now having said that, I would like to know just how did Madonna AKA "The Queen Of Pop" get in?
I have been a fan of Herman's hermits for the last 45 yrs, I expect to be a fan for the next 45 yrs. So to TPB at The RRHF, I say get off your rear ends, and do something about getting HH in to the RRHF.

Posted by Sue on Saturday, 10.17.09 @ 15:54pm

Just take a listen to Herman's Hermits Dynamic version of "Jezebel" (the old Frankie Laine hit !) .....and their powerful Recording "My Reservations Been Confirmed" before just dismissing them as Mere "Lightweight pop" !

Herman & co also cut a powerful version of Boyce/Hart's "If Your Thinking What I'm Thinking" ....and David Gates' Monkees song "Saturday's Child" too.

Donovan gave them his song "Museum"....while their version of The Kinks Ray Davies song "Dandy" was a big USA hit....which did much to raise Davies songwriting profile in the USA at a time when The Kinks were banned from touring the States...

Both future Led Zeppelin men Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones guested on some Hermits tracks as an Additional Guitarist & Bassist/Arranger....

While later David Bowie played Piano on Peter (Herman) Noone's Solo 1971 hit version of his song "Oh You Pretty Thing" (From Bowies' "Hunky Dory" album) again bringing the songwriter's profile to a WIDER Public attention...

Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown & Tony Wilson wrote The Hermits latter hit "Bet Yer Life I Do"....while Graham Gouldman (later of 10c.c.) wrote several of their hits...Notably "No Milk Today", "Listen People" & "East West"

Like The Hollies...Herman's Hermits are CERTAINLY Worthy of Decent Critical Respect from the Pop & Rock Writers...!

Posted by Paul on Sunday, 10.18.09 @ 05:30am

Another point...

The band members of Herman's Hermits: The Late Derek 'Lek' Leckenby (Lead Guitar), Karl Green (Bass guitar,) Keith Hopwood(Rhythm Guitar) & Barry Whitwam (Drums) DID Most certainly PLAY on nearly all of the Group's Studio recordings....

...while figures such as session men Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones joined them on SOME songs...but certainly not all - JPJ in fact was their ARRANGER...

From 1966 onwards Additional orchestral Accompaniment was used alot on their Recordings ("East West", "There's A Kind of Hush" etc)...but overall they WERE present on most of their Studio recordings....

Remember they also made FOUR Films during that time....

Bear in mind that in latter years some FICTION re "Who did what" has been spouted...notably to the American audience by a certain figure....but Hermits' Drummer Barry Whitwam has confirmed they DID play on Nearly all of their Sixties recordings...and the Group's "Live" concert sound WAS very consistant with those records too...!

...and remember even Famous bands such as The Beach Boys sometimes did NOT play on all of their recordings....most Notably the "Pet Sounds" sessions when the Group was away Touring Japan while brian Wilson got on with recording the Backing Tracks....!

Posted by Paul on Sunday, 10.18.09 @ 05:42am

Too many great songs, too many hits, too many worldwide 45 and LP sales, and too much a part of pop culture and notoriety to be overlooked for the Rock Hall--especially when compared to performers who are already in. The charisma and talent of the lead singer, Peter Noone, also must not be overlooked. There are many vocal-only groups in the RRHF, so I don't think that who-played-what in studio sessions should matter. In addition to their three appearances on Ed Sullivan, I have had the rare opportunity to see Herman's Hermits live in three incarnations. First, I saw Peter solo in a 1973 concert at Madison Square Garden in one of the first of the rock revival shows. I also heard and saw Herman's Hermits live circa 1977 at Bridgeview in Valparaiso, Indiana without Peter, and they did, instrumentally, sound just like their recordings. And in January of this year I saw them at a sold-out concert at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana: Peter and the new Hermits. I wholeheartedly cast my support for Herman's Hermits for induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by Dean on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 22:40pm

Dean, I will recycle one of my lines from up above: 'When you have to put the 'Enery the 8th' song on your GH album, then you don't have enough kick ass material, IMO.' to cover my opinion of Herman's Hermits.

They are probably better than 'Gerry & the Pacemakers', FWIW. (BTW, thank God Gerry & the Pacemakers are not in the Hall, I was scared that they might have been inducted).

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 02.12.10 @ 07:38am

Probably not, too similar to some of their contemporaries and I don't really hear significant bands these days going on their hands and knees and singing praise to Herman's Hermits for getting them to pick up a guitar. I love "No Milk Today" though

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 07.3.10 @ 07:55am

hey, if the Dave Clark Five are worthy (and they are), then so are Herman's Hermits . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 15:03pm

I have been a hermans hermits fan since 1964. alot of great songs over the years. sold more records then the beatles in 1965 or 66. saw the orignal band in atlantic city in 1966 or 1967 and have seen them two more times over the years. peter has such energy on stage and with the amount of hits they had in the 60s they deserve to be in the rock and roll hall of fame

Posted by pete on Tuesday, 06.21.11 @ 19:11pm

After Abba went in, all bets were off. Any pop band fits in. Just please put the Spencer Davis Group in before HH.

Posted by Jill on Monday, 07.14.14 @ 00:50am

Yep, Herman's Hermits were a big deal back in the day. Peter Noone is an awesome entertainer. Just because they were more bubble gum than the Beatles.

Posted by Myrna Mandjikov on Wednesday, 07.8.15 @ 17:26pm

Y'know, I'm gonna kinda agree with Jill. Herman's Hermits are very much like ABBA: ear candy that will never be regarded, but if you like absolutely nothing about or by them, then you are not human--you are the walking dead. There might be room for them in the Hall.... just that there are so many worthy acts ahead of them.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.18.16 @ 20:21pm

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