Although considered to be a lightweight novelty act by many rock music critics, Hermanís Hermits were one of the most successful British Invasion acts, selling more than forty million records between 1964-1967.
The group was formed in 1963 when Peter Noone, a Manchester School of Music student with limited stage and BBC-TV experience, hooked up with an area rock band, the Heartbeats. Famed record producer Mickie Most began working with them in 1964; their debut single, a remake of the Earl-Jean song, "Iím Into Something Good" (MGM 13280), topped the British charts and sold over a million copies worldwide. The following year, the Hermits placed more songs in the U.S. Top Ten (seven) than the Beatles: "Canít You Hear My Heartbeat" (MGM 13310), "Silhouettes" (MGM 13332), "Mrs. Brown Youíve Got A Lovely Daughter" (MGM 13341), "Wonderful World" (MGM 13354), "Iím Henry VIII, I Am" (MGM 13367), "Just A Little Bit Better" (MGM 13398), and "A Must To Avoid" (MGM 13437).
The hit recordings had disappeared by early 1968 due to public interest in heavier rock styles. The group dissolved in 1971 during heated legal disputes over royalties payments. Noone tried to launch a solo career and hosted a BBC-TV series for three years in the 1970s. During the 1980s, he recorded both solo and with the Tremblers; he also appeared in the Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance and hosted the VH-1 show, My Generation. By the 1990s, Noone had reformed the Hermits to perform in various oldies tours. [Romanowski and George-Warren. 1995.]