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There's a Kind of Hush
by Herman's Hermits
Another pleasing ditty from the man with teeth to spare. His act really was more like a solo singer with backing musicians, and it proved to be even more the case when producer Mickie Most took over the reins, even deputising session players to take part in some of the recordings instead of the actual band members - they ended up being trotted out just for public appearances and TV shows.

Peter Noone (or 'Herman', as I thought he must be named back then) was always very one-eyed and ambitious as regards his own career, and possessed that certain steamroller quality which swept everyone else out of the way during his quest for success. Bandmates, associates, management, and who knows who else. Strikingly similar, in fact to his fellow Mancunian singer Davy Jones, of 'Monkees' fame. Both displayed quite cut-throat natures during their rise and eventual decline in the industry, and both had moved across the Atlantic to live in the United States as they "followed that dream".

'Herman's Hermits':
:: The group became the highest sellers of all those releasing records to the USA charts during 1965. ...
:: Paradoxically, their sixth studio album "Blaze", released in 1967, included the 'psychedelic rock' track "Moon Shine Man". Although the LP received professional critical acclaim, it suffered poor sales on both sides of the Atlantic and the end was not far off for the band. ...
:: The group soldiered on for three more years before lead vocalist Peter Noone decided to leave the group in 1970, and the remainder of the line-up issued a couple more records which garnered little notice. In 1973 however, Noone returned to the band (albeit only for a brief time) - but only to take advantage of a 'rock and roll' revival boom gathering pace at that time.

In #1967 :
:: In late April, the Douglas Aircraft Company lagged behind schedule for deliveries of their DC-8 and DC-9 models, and hover close to bankruptcy because of this. Their shareholders subsequently agreed to merge with the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, thus forming McDonnell Douglas. ...
:: On June 20th, Muhammad Ali (then called Cassius Clay) was sentenced to five years jail for refusing to be inducted into the armed forces during the Vietnam War. The jury took only 21 minutes of deliberation to arrive at this verdict, but after the Court of Appeals upheld the conviction, the case was then reviewed by the US Supreme Court in 1971 and unanimously overturned. ...
:: A petition, signed by 64 of the most prominent members of British society, appeared in UK newspaper The Times on July 24th, calling for the legalisation of marijuana. Among the signatories were all the members of English pop group 'The Beatles' plus their manager Brian Epstein.

US: No. 4 - UK: No. 7
1967 - Columbia Records - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 12th August 2019
For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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