Herman’s Hermits still going strong 50 years later

Published: 10 Mar 2014 07:000 comments

THEY shot to fame in the 1960s, chalking up 23 top 20 single records, 10 hit albums, three major movies and countless television shows and concert tours all over the world.

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And Herman’s Hermits – who have record sales of over 75 million to date – show no signs of slowing down 50 years after their formation in Manchester during 1964.

Even since 1971 and the departure of Peter Noone to pursue a solo career, the group has never stopped and continues to tour led by original member – drummer Barry (The Bean) Whitwam.

And they bring their 50th Anniversary Concert to Stirling Albert Halls next week, Wednesday 19 March.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Barry said, “We had to do something to mark 50 years on the road, and it seemed like a good idea.

“We’re trying to go around the country doing as many shows as we can. We have been non-stop for the last 50 years and now have an even bigger year.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve been in Stirling, we’re looking forward to it.”

The band still average around 200 one night shows each year and reckon they maintain their stamina by having an amazing sense of humour and planning practical jokes.

And you never get bored according to Barry, who says, “Every day is different. Even though you are doing the show at the end of the night, every day is different. Even though you are playing the same music the rest of it is different, travelling around.”

Their touring schedule takes them to Germany, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, the Scandinavian countries, Japan, USA, Canada Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis and they still find time to perform in their home country, packing in the audiences at every venue and delighting them with their solid musicianship, vocal ability and dynamic stage presence.

The ‘Golden Oldies’ still make up a large part of their show and Barry hopes fans will have “sore hands from clapping along” when attending the 50th Anniversary Concert.

He said, “What can people expect? Hopefully the crowd’s going to be singing along with us because we are playing all the old records and a couple of the newer ones which we have written ourselves.”

The catalogue of well-known tunes attributed to Herman’s Hermits includes Into Something Good, Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes, Dandy, Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat, There’s A Kind Of Hush, No Milk Today, Something Is Happening, Sunshine Girl, Henry V111 and more.

Of their longevity Barry said, “People have got so much fond memories of the 60s. We came out of a dark area in the 50s and in the 60s everybody was just liberated. It was a great period. People remember what they did when certain records came out. People remember good times with the music that was popular during that period.”

After touring the UK, the band will hit Australia in August and there are no plans to wind down.

“None at all”, Barry said, “Because I enjoy it so much, so do the rest of the guys in the band.

“We’ve played live music all our lives. It’s a very visual thing. It’s not just standing and playing music – it’s putting our heart and soul into it we enjoy it that much.”

Herman’s Hermits will also go around the UK as part of The Sensational 60s Experience show which will feature The Swinging Blue Jeans, Dave Berry, The Union Gap, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca (from Freddie and the Dreamers). This runs from October 2014 – June 2015.

The Stirling concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the box office on 01786 473 544 or online at www.stirling.gov.uk/alberthalls

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