Picks and Pans Review: One of the Glory Boys
During one 32-month period in the mid-'60s the British band called Herman's Hermits reportedly sold 51 million records internationally with hits like Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter and the unforgettable I'm Henry the VIII, I Am. Herman, who had big blue eyes and a McCartney sweetness, was actually Peter Noone. Today, 13 years after the Hermits broke up, Noone still has those striking blue peepers and an admirable pop flair. His material remains fluffy, but his delivery isn't as unctuous this time around. Noone is best on such original numbers as Absent Minded Heart and the title cut, though he stumbles on the 1970 Brian Holland/ Edith Wayne tune Give Me Just a Little More Time. Noone is apparently hoping he will discover—like Gary U.S. Bonds and Lulu—that where turntables are concerned, what went around can probably come around again.