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Have I the Right?
by The Honeycombs
When I first heard this, it blew me away - it was unlike most of what was happening in the moptop British group scene, I thought. The lead singer's tenor voice was half an octave higher than other comparable male vocalists of that time, and the band had the added ingredient of a lady drummer (certainly the first time I'd ever seen a female wielding the sticks). Thinking about it later though, I noticed that the footstomp chorus was very much in the style of the 'Dave Clark Five', and the lead/rhythm guitar work also had a lot in common with those spaced-out instrumentalists 'The Tornados'.

And therein lay the problem really. Gimmicks (such as the girl beatkeeper one) don't last very well over a period of time, and the mild musical plagiarism exhibited in the "stomping and strumming" tends to end up disappointing people or even annoying them. The group sank into the sunset just as quickly as they had risen.

And HEY! #Stomptember !!

'The Honeycombs':
:: They were originally formed in Hackney in November of 1963 as 'The Sheratons', and their big hit "Have I the Right?" was recorded in multiple overdubs as the five group members pounded their feet in unison on the staircase in the residential building where producer Joe Meek had his home studio. ...
:: Guitarist Martin Murray's day job was managing a hair salon, and drummer Honey Lantree was his assistant manager there. ...
:: After having their name changed to 'The Honeycombs', a lot of attention was paid to Lantree, their most visual asset (some of it most unwelcome, she later admitted). After an initial stall halfway up the UK charts, the single was picked up by the renowned pirate station 'Radio Caroline', and their influence got it to No. 1 in that country.

In #1964 :
:: In February, businessman Ronan O'Rahilly had obtained the 702-ton former Danish passenger ferry 'Fredericia', and converted her into a radio ship called the 'MV Caroline'. On March 27th that year, 'Radio Caroline' began broadcasting off the shores of Felixstowe, England, as the first true "pirate radio" station. ...
:: A comparatively obscure single by 'The Beatles', called "Cry for a Shadow" [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXsfza2EaEk ] and first released in Australia in 1961, resurrected itself to become a No. 1 there on May 30th 1964. ...
:: On September 14th, animation king Walt Disney received the "Presidential Medal of Freedom", the United States' highest civilian honour, from Lyndon B Johnson. The award recognises those individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavours". Not a Mickey Mouse award, by any means.....

US: No. 5 - UK: No. 1
1964 - Pye Records - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 7th September 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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