Peter Noone reminisces on Herman’s Hermits’ first hit, ‘I’m Into Something Good’

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I’m Into Something Good by Herman’s Hermits entered the American charts 51 years ago this week. It later inspired the name of Peter Noone’s weekly show, Something Good,  heard exclusively on SiriusXM’s 60s on 6, Saturdays at 5 pm ET.

 

One night, record producer Mickie Most came to see Herman’s Hermits perform live at The Beachcomber in Bolton. We had asked all the girls to scream that night because a famous record producer was coming to see us.

That night we performed a song written by our managers called Your Hand In Mine, and Mickie tried to sign me as a solo artist. But I was Herman, and the Hermits were my loyal friends. So, he had to sign the whole band or nothing.

Mickie then sent us a Carole King song called I’m Into Something Good. We practiced it for 19 hours a day, and we drove to London a week later to record it.

Mickie got Roger Webb to play piano on it to add what we called “the surf sound.” He always picked great songs for us.

Mickie and I spoke the same language, musically, and we became friends for life. We lost him in 2003. He was a great music man and record producer.

I’ll never forget the first time we heard I’m Into Something Good on the radio. It was the end of the summer — August of 1964.

We were back in Bolton at The Beachcomber — in the kitchen, getting ready to go on stage.

Coincidentally, it was the club where it all started for us, the place Mickie came to see us perform.

We were listening to the BBC, and Jimmy Savile was on the air. He said, ”Ere they are then … from Manchester … Herman’s Hermits!’ and played I’m Into Something Good over the air.

We grabbed a bunch of potatoes from the kitchen and went out back. There was an old, abandoned building — a sewing machine factory from the industrial revolution — just across the canal. And we threw the potatoes at it. Our lives were changing as that record played across the UK that night. And the change was about to happen fast.

Four weeks later, in late September, we held the No. 1 spot on the British charts, replacing You Really Got Me by a band we loved, The Kinks.

Within two weeks of that, the record was released by MGM Records in the US, and soon we shared the US airwaves with I Feel Fine, Time Is On My Side and Baby Love.

I remember looking at the American chart. We were listed alongside our heroes Elvis and Roy Orbison, and our friends Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Animals.

I was 16 years old.

Something Good … indeed.

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