Hermans Hermits

60's pop group featuring local guy Peter Noone: www.hermanshermits.co.uk

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Reply posted by The Tinsleys
Peter Noon - Hermans Hermits. Group from the sixties, used to live in Flixton.
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Reply posted by Wilson Carmichael
Carl Green used to live in Summer Avenue off Higher Road and now lives in USA. He went to St. Clement's School as well! Peter Noone, was not from Urmston but came here sometimes. They did local 'gigs' before they made the 'big time'. A lad called Alan Wrigley was with em... he was a friend of mine at the time (but was a bit 'odd' and when he left they made it BIG!).
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Reply posted by Herbie Booth
Peter Noone (Hermans Hermits) went to Stretford Grammar & lived on the Woodsend estate. Some of the Hermits also lived in the area, Karl Green went to Welacre, & Keith Hopwood went to Urmston Grammar.
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Reply posted by Elaine Mills
Peter Noon's Grandmother used to live by Woodsend Circle
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Reply posted by David Hough
Don't forget Peter Noone (of Herman's Hermits) who lived in the area and attended English Martyrs' RC Primary School, Urmston and went on to St Bede's College, Manchester. (So did I, but several years later).
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Reply posted by Michael Fox
Peter Noone played at shawe hall youth club , the group was then called the heartbeats before they changed to hermans hermits.
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Reply posted by Alan Crossland
Peter Noone and his group were originally known as "The Heartbeats" and played at St. Clements Branch Church Youth Club for a Christmas Jive on 22nd December, 1962, and also for a "Twist & Shout" on 29th June 1963. Other local Groups playing at our Youth Club in the 1960s were "Johnny & the Jokers", "The Jaspers", "The Swinging Sapphires", and "The Falcons" I have original tickets for all these events in the old Youth Club scrapbooks.
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Reply posted by Janet Vinton
Found your web site today, and noticed that somebody has said that Peter Noone used to live in Flixton. I thought I would email you to tell you that I actually live in the house in which he used to live in just before the Hermit's got really famous.
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Reply posted by JOHN ACKERLEY
I WORKED FOR HERMANS HERMITS FOR MANY YEARS AND LATER FOR OTHER HIGH PROFILE BANDS CULMINATING WITH 10 CC FINISHING IN THE BUSINESS IN 1983.THEN BECAME INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND EVENTUALY BECAME MAYOR OF TRAFFORD 2000-2001 MY E MAIL ADRESS IS john.ackerley@trafford.gov.uk
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Reply posted by Clair
Further to Wilson Carmicheal's comment on Allan Wrigley being part of Herman's Hermits, he was before they made it big. He was a very good friend of mine and I used to love hearing all the stories he used to tell me about Peter Noone and the gang. Unforunately, Allan died of Leukemia and cancer of the thyroid gland in April 1998.
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Reply posted by Ged Parker
Grandparents lived in Cheriton Rd- another bread round customer (see Bobby Charlton)
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Reply posted by M Hughes
Herman aka Peter Noone is still touring. He is also a computer geek and can often be found in his chat room at www.peternoone.com
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Reply posted by heather harvey,nee mcdonald/walker
i use to know peter noones grandparents, my brother ian and myself use to go round to visit them, they use to tell us some great stories, i use to live on tanhouse rd and went to woodsend primary flixton girls
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Reply posted by Elizabeth Harrison (nee Pearson)
Peter Noone used to travel on the same bus home from school - he was a nice, cheeky, boy. Lots of fun.
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Reply posted by Martin Sullivan
Peter Noon gave my sister Mo a twizzer when he was visiting his relations on Barton Road, Stretford in about 1965.
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Reply posted by Dennis Calderbank ex Wellacre boy.
I used to know Peter when he fronted the Heart beats and actually saw the band play at Flixton Cricket clubhouse (they had about 3 square yards to set up in!) and enjoyed the evening.I lived in Lowther gardens where we would play as youngsters- ages about 14/16. I seem to remember Peter was a bit of a bully! Good to see him do so well though. He would be my age now -around mid 50's.... is he still performing?
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Reply posted by Stuart and Carole Smith
In 1966 we bought a house in Dartford Rd from the parents of Kieth Hopwood. The cellar contained many posters and other memorabilia of the groups early days. We had a break-in later that year and sadly all this was stolen. The post office continued to deliver fan mail by the sackfull, in spite of being told that we were new owners. However many a rainy Urmston Sunday was spent reading mail from all over the world. We can now confess to opening someone elses mail over 30 years ago!
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Reply posted by Shirley Brettell (nee Marsden)
I remember Peter Noone very well. I knew all the family, his mum who I used to work with, his dad and sister Denise. Peter used to come to our office after school to meet his mum so he could travel home with her. He used to fill in our office Post Book for me and help me with other things. I always remember him as being a lovely boy and very chatty. They used to live up near Woodsend Circle before his parents bought the bigger house down Davyhulme Rd. I also chaperoned him a couple of times when he took part in a play at Granada Studios, this was before his part in Coronation Street. Its so nice to see how well he has done from being the small boy in a school cap to a famous personality.
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Reply posted by Irene Partington
Alan Wrigley used to deliver milk for Lime Tree Farm. Keith Hopwood once visited his Mum at Urmston Grammar where she was a dinner lady, causing a bit of a commotion!
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Reply posted by Irene Partington
Whoops, not sure now if it wasn't Karl's Mum who was the dinnerlady. I went home for dinners. Sure about Al Wrigley, though, he used to drive a horse and cart to deliver the milk.
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Reply posted by Angela Blakemore(Barton)
I was in the same class as Peter at English Martyrs Junior school.He obviously stood out as a solo singer in those days.I recall a song he sang about a trombone when we had a school concert at the old Swimming Baths. I think we were in Miss Dudley's class at the time. Music was in the family -his grandfather played the organ at St. Monica's church, and his aunties sang in the church choir. They had beautiful voices. I also remember Denise, his sister, who attended the same secondary school as I went to -Notre Dame. Peter's birthday is 5th Nov.
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Reply posted by Kathryn Brady
They used to practise in Collingwood Youth Club Davyhulme when they were called The Heartbeats, that was around 1960.
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Reply posted by Monica Morris
Did Peter noone live on Davyhulme Road, if so what number? My dad use to go to school with his father we met peter signing autographs at a concert at Casino Rama, Ontario, Canada.
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Reply posted by monica morris
what number on davyhulme road did peter noone live.
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Reply posted by Freda Grube
I grew up in Cross Street, off Dartford Road and my Mum and Dad used to say that on many occasions when you walked down Dartford Road you could hear Hermans Hermits practicing in the cellar of one of the houses.
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Reply posted by Michael Atkin - Melbourne, Australia
Allan Crossley is quite right in mentioning Johnny and the Jokers, they played at our Scout Hall, 2nd Urmston. At the time I tried to get them gigs in Manchester. Johhny went to Canada, Carl and one other joined Peter Noone in Herman's hermits. They used to visit me in between overseas gigs and tell me all about life on the road.
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Reply posted by Scott Tonson
I think you will find that Peter Noon's famous gap in his teeth was given to him by Robert Garmory - my Uncle, in a school yard punch up at Wellacre Boys. Just though I'd share that with you!
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Reply posted by Lorna Fielding
Peter Noone was in my class at Wellacre Juniors and had the distinctive gap in his teeth then
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Reply posted by Brenda Smith nee Booth
I gew up with keith Hopwood and as we lived next door to one another we spent a lot of time together. When he and I became teenagers we went off in different directions, Keith jouned the Heartbeats with the others and met up in Keiths celler most evenings. Keith would come round to our house to tune his guitar on our out of tune piano, which amused my father very much. It wasn't long before the group began to be noitised and they were playing all over the place and some times my boyfriend at the time would take me to see them and he would cadge a lift home. One night some a group of screeming girls got hold of Keith and they pulled his tie so tight, they nearly chocked him. It was hard living next door to him as 30 or 40 girls would be out side his house most days and even night, my mother would worry about them and meneys the time I saw her go out with some food or drinks. Keith was a great friend to me and I am glad he made something of himself after the glitter years ended.
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Reply posted by Sue
Re:-Peter Noone there was a group of us that went round with the heartbeats we all went to Gollingwood youth club that was a fantastic time but nobody ever talks about the drummer Steve Titterington who I was madly in love with they were a great bunch of lads if only you could turn back the clock.
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Reply posted by Jeanette Maxfield
When I was around 11 yrs of age I used to visit Mary Noone - Peter Noone's aunty. She had a little baby girl who I used to love to go and see. Mary lived with her parents on Cheriton Road at Woodsend Circle.
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Reply posted by Bernard Leach
I attended English Martyr's in Urmston.until 1950. My family Left Urmston emergrated to Troy N.Y.USA 1952. I spoke w/ Peter during a radio call in talk show with Larry King. Even thou we never meet, we had a very nice chat.talking about Urmston & My Aunt Jean Robinson who worked in the school lunch room & served Peter,the teachers we both had while at English Martyrs.Mr Morly Miss Dudley Mr Havakin. He was very impressive to speak with. It was a great interview.
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Reply posted by Beryl Southward (nee Chadwick)
The Heartbeats was my brother's group. His name is Alan Chadwick. He and his mates played in the group quite happily until Peter Noone asked to join them as their singer. He took over and eventually the original group broke up and Peter carried on and became Herman and his Hermits. It's funny to read about all the schools Peter is supposed to have gone to. As I recall when we were 15 or 16 and Peter came onto the scene, he was at Stretford Grammar. I don't know where he went before that. Incidentally, I recently saw the latest Herman's Hermits here in Australia and they were very good.
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Reply posted by Roland Brown
Just discovered this website.I was in the same class as Keith Hopwood at Urmston Grammar School.I am pleased that he did well in life and I often think of all my old classmates.I left the area in 1960 to move to Essex with my parents.In our class were Martin Mears,Graham Proctor.Peter Davis,Barry Chadwick,Edwina Rowlands,Brian Raine,David Broomhead,David Mathers,and many names that I have forgotten.If any of you rember me send me an emailto rgb46@btopenworld.com
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Reply posted by Pamela Johnson
Does anybody remember Noel Johnson who played the piano with the Heartbeats and didn't "go professional" when they turned into Herman's Hermits. I also remember Alan Wriggley who made the same decision/mistake!
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Reply posted by Carlos
Peter was certainly well educated - went to English Martyrs and St Clements, Urmston Grammar. Stretford Grammar, St Bedes and Wellacre - whow!
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Reply posted by Ken.
To Sue alas Stephen passed away several years ago.the group used to practise in our front room, I can still the drum kit set up in the room it brings back so meny memories,incidently before becoming the hermits they used to be called the balmain boys.
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Reply posted by Alan Chadwick
I fell upon the website by chance, and was interested to find all the messages about "The Heartbeats" and "Herman's Hermits". I was also surprised that my sister in Australia had left a message (she didn't mention it when we spoke over Christmas!). I am also deeply saddened to learn that Steve (Titterington) and Al (Wrigley) have both passed away. Maybe, over 40 years down the line, the time has come to set the record straight regarding the history of the group, even more so in the light of a recent article, featuring an interview with Peter Noone in the “Saturday” magazine of the Express, in which even after all these years, an accurate account of events still seems to be a little elusive. I was never interested in music whilst at school (Urmston Grammar) but in 1960 I heard the sound of Hank Marvin and was absolutely hooked. That was for me - guitar hero here I come!! I taught myself to play on a cheap second-hand acoustic guitar, and got my first electric (a Hofner Colorama) after pestering my Mum and Dad to sign the HP agreement, costing me £1 a week. My pal Peter Byrne also learnt to play rhythm guitar and by early 1961 we had played two youth clubs as a duo. At one of the gigs we met Steve and a guy called Malcolm Lightfoot (ex Balmain Boys), and so "The Heartbeats" were born, the line-up being: Malc (singer/rhythm guitar), Pete (rhythm guitar), Steve (drums) and myself (lead guitar). I have only two newspaper cuttings of pictures to record those times, one of which was that line-up, at "Sandy's Jive Dive", the cellar of Sandra Tetlow's parents' house on Church Road where the "gang" met, and the group rehearsed and played. In 1962, Pete Byrne left the group and disappeared off the music scene, and Al Wrigley (a friend of Steve's) joined playing bass guitar. We must have been doing alright because we had a manager (wow!), a guy called George Blythe, who lived on Barton Avenue, off Princess Road, who used to ply us with ready meals, courtesy of Ross Frozen Foods, after gigs. George had a bee in his bonnet, demanding that during each gig we should invite someone out of the audience to sing with us (more often than not - disastrously). During a gig at Flixton Institute Youth Club, a kid got up on stage and sang "I'll Never Dance Again". As a singer he was not very good, to put it politely, but his stage presence and obvious popularity with the girls was most impressive. Not too long after, Malc left, leaving us desperately needing to recruit a singer and rhythm guitarist. Our thoughts went immediately to the kid at Flixton Institute, and contrary to other stories, that's how Peter Noone joined the group. Steve knew Karl Green and he too was recruited, playing rhythm guitar. "The Heartbeats" were back in business. With that line-up we went from strength to strength, taking any booking we could, whether paid or not, and were often working six or seven nights a week. The other newspaper cutting I have is a picture of the group taken at Davyhulme Youth Club at a St Valentine's Dance in February 1963, with that line-up, Pete (singer), Karl (rhythm guitar), Steve (drums), Al (bass guitar) and myself (lead guitar). I'm not sure exactly when we changed our name, but it would have been somewhere around that time, and we became "Herman and the Hermits" (as I understand, the name was only shortened to "Herman's Hermits" just before "I'm into Something Good" was released in late 1964). Before too much longer we had attracted the attention of higher powered management and were taken on by Harvey Lisberg and his business partner (whose name just escapes me). Early in 1964 a rehearsal and band meeting was arranged at Harvey Lisberg's house, and at that meeting we were told of plans for the future, with contractual obligations being discussed. Pete's parents had already signed a lucrative contract on his behalf, and a deal was put on the table for the rest of the group, pretty much take it or leave it.......I left it! Keith Hopwood took my place in the group, playing lead guitar, but I played one more gig about two months later, when Keith was poorly. Sometime shortly before the release of the first record, Al and Steve left, and the new Herman's Hermits line-up took shape, Derek Leckenby joined on lead guitar, Barry Whitwam joined on drums, Keith switched to rhythm guitar, Karl took over the bass guitar duties.......and the rest is history (apart from various erroneous accounts of the origins of the group!!!). Regards, Alan Chadwick (Chad).
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Reply posted by Peter Byrne
I was informed of this web site and have read with interest the comments by Alan Chadwick concerning the sart up of Herman's Hermits. Alan's comments do portray a very accurate account of how it all started and I did leave very early in the life of the group. I think the last time I met Alan Chadwick was around 20 years ago and I was also sad to hear that Steve died recently. What happened to Malcolm Lightfoot. He was very talented musically but did not seem to reach any heights. It would be very interesting to meet up with any of the guys again.
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Reply posted by Peter Byrne
To add to my earlier comments it would be great to meet up again with any of the guys from the band - especially Alan and Malcolm and if they want to contact me please leave a message on this site.
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Reply posted by Colin Foden
My memory is fading now but as I do remember Peter Noone being on our lunch table at Stretford Grammar. I remember him talking about the group he was in and my Mum saying it wouldn't last. There's a lesson there somewhere. I seem to remember he was expelled from Grammar school for swearing at the headmaster - am I right?
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Reply posted by Barrie Oldfield
I knew Peter Noone, , Carl Green,Steve Titterington Al Chaddwick, and Alan Wrigley(Riggers) we called him,When I read your artical that he had passed away , I was shocked, Alan later became the rock band Manager of My /our band, THE NEW RAVE, He Took this Band and made some thing out of a really pathetic bunch, but was halted up by imbeciles, not liking his methods,The Band Members were Me Barrie Oldfield, (lead Guitar) Bob Darlinton, (Lead Singer) Tony Quirk (bass) Gordon Peck(rythem guitar and Keyboards)Little Steve Wilde ( Drums) we too used to Play at Collingwood and st marys Youth be for we hit off some what, He aquired and worked hard with this Band for contracts in west Germany and all over the UK , he sure missed his way, He had what It takes to GO , this is my remembrance for him, I now live in the USA TEXAS , and come to this sight often , I see Peter Noone perform at the ARBOR FEST in EULESS Dallas USA he his still a first class act and worth going to watch , Barrie.
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Reply posted by Jennie Jones (Buckley)
I was Secretary at Hartford Youth Club ca. 1960. Hermin's Hermits played there regularly and were paid the princely sum of £10 per night! Al Wrigley was one of the best drummers around and his drum solos were brilliant. Does anyone remember The Chancellors or The Black Velvets?
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Reply posted by Keith Gration
Sorry to hear of Alan Wrigleys death. One point that was not mentioned of his life that he was a superb goal keeper for Dover Park. My father (ex manager DP) will be saddened by his death. My mother always thought him a comic, he made her laugh every meeting. Carl Green, my memories of him smoking dope in the Garrick and explaining to me how he was plaster casted in New York
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