Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone
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Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone was born in Manchester, England. He studied singing and acting at the Manchester School of Music and Drama. As a child, he appeared in the British television shows CORONATION STREET, KNIGHT ERRANT and FAMILY SOLICITOR. In 1963, he joined a Manchester beat group, The Heartbeats, whose name was changed shortly thereafter to Herman and The Hermits and eventually shortened to Herman's Hermits.
Peter Noone became Herman.
The group's phenomenal string of successes began with their first #1 recording, I'm into Something Good in late1964 and was followed by dozens of top 20 hits, including: Silhouettes, Dandy, Can't You Hear My Heartbeat, Just a Little Bit Better, There's a Kind of Hush. Listen People, End of the World, Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter and Henry VIII.
During their pop chart reign, Herman's Hermits sold 52 million records and performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world. Peter Noone aka Herman, graced the cover of every national and international magazine, including Time in April 1965. Herman was a teen pop idol, appearing on hundreds of national television programs and three major motion pictures. Herman's Hermits was named Cashbox Top Entertainer for two years in a row. Their success was matched by only a few household names of the British Invasion: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Dave Clark 5.
The 1970s found Noone pursuing a solo career as an actor and musical star, both in television specials and as the first pop star to successfully make the transition to Broadway actor - he starred in two Broadway shows in the 1980s.
Noone came back to musical touring in the 1980s, first with a new wave band, The Tremblers and later with Herman's Hermits, performing throughout the United States. His acting career also continued with guest-starring roles in television shows such as MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, MY TWO DADS, QUANTUM LEAP, THE TED KNIGHT SHOW and LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY.
The 1990s found Noone beginning a 4-year stint as host of MY GENERATION on VH1, the highest-ever-rated half hour retrospective of the music of the 1960s and beyond. Noone wrapped up the 90s with his successful entry into the internet era, dubbed "King of the 60s on the Internet" by The New York Daily News due to his popular web sites, www.peternoone.com and www.hermanshermits.com.
Peter Noone still performs to sold out audiences around the globe in over 200 concerts a year, delighting them with his music, charm and wit. His worldwide fan club spans the generations, as young teen girls still scream today as their mothers did back in 1965, prompting VH1 just last November to name Noone their viewer's choice for "2000s Sexiest Artist."