Herman's Hermits

With so many HH websites out there, its probably best to just offer you a range of links:

New!! Our own page of pictures of Herman's Hermits on tour in the USA at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.

The Officical Herman's Hermits website
Official UK site of the current band - although only original drummer Barry Whitwam remains, the band continues to feature excellent Manchester musicians.

An early promo shot before Barry and Lec joined

The original line-up - Alan Wrigley (dec'd) far right


Another Official Hermans Hermits website
This is a more historic site - much of the info is sixties based ie Karl Green is noted as disliking "getting his hair cut". Run by Peter Noone.

The Best of British Rock - HH page
Not a lot on HH but rest of the site is interesting

Peter Noone website
Interesting site

Keith Hopwood's HH site
Excellent HH discographies

The British Invasion
HH page

Herman's Hermits were formed in ca. February 1963 in Urmston, Manchester, Lancashire as Peter Novak and the Heartbeats with a line-up of Keith Hopwood on rhythm guitar, vocals (b. Saturday, October 26, 1946, Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire, UK), Karl Green on lead guitar, vocals (b. Karl Anthony Green, Thursday, July 31, 1947, Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire, UK), Peter Novak on lead vocals (b. Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone, Wednesday, November 5, 1947, Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Manchester, Lancashire, UK), Alan Wrigley on bass, vocals and Steve Titterington on drums.

At some point in ca. March 1964 the band changed their name to Herman's Hermits and Peter Novak changed his name to Herman (Peter Noone).

Later on Wednesday, April 1, 1964 the band was joined by Lek Leckenby (b. Derek Leckenby, Friday, May 14, 1943, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK d. Saturday, June 4, 1994, Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK, of non-Hodgkin lymphoma) and Barry 'Bean' Whitwam (b. Jan Barry Whitwam, Sunday, July 21, 1946, Prestbury, Cheshire, UK). Whitwam replaced Titterington on drums, Green switched to bass (replacing Wrigley), and Leckenby took over for Green on lead guitar.

Noone had been to Wellacre Primary School in Flixton in Manchester, St Bede's College in Manchester and Stretford Grammar School in Granby Road, Stretford, Manchester. Noone formed his first band The Cyclones and was later asked by some older boys at Stretford Grammar to join their band which was called The Heartbeats and included Green, Hopwood, Wrigley and Titteringham. In this band Noone used the name Peter Novak and mainly played piano and guitar. The band became Peter Novak and the Heartbeats. 

Leckenby was educated at William Hume's Grammar School in Manchester and went on to do a degree course in civil engineering at Manchester University before leaving to become a professional musician. Whitwam had started out in a band called The Demons with Whitwam on drums, Robert Ainsworth on lead guitar, Lawrence Jordan on rhythm guitar and Ian 'Wal' Waller on bass. When Ainsworth left he was replaced by Lek Leckenby. They later added Brian X on lead vocals and changed their name to Danny and the Demons. Brian X and was replaced by Malcolm Roberts (b. Malcolm James Roberts, Friday, March 31, 1944, Blackley, Manchester 9, Lancashire, UK d. Friday, February 7, 2003, Addlestone, near Chertsey, Surrey, UK, heart attack) and changed their name again to The Hellions. They played at The Twisted Wheel Club in Manchester. Later Jordan left and was not replaced. After that Roberts left and was replaced by lead vocalist Geoff Mullin (b. Geoffrey Mullin, 1945). In 1962 the band changed their name again to The Wailers with Whitwam and Waller, but without Mullin who left. They played at the Manchester Cavern Club at 11 Cromford Court off Market Street, Manchester 4.

Some Herman's Hermits concerts:

Saturday, March 14, 1964: The Cavern Club, 10 Matthew Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK, with The Mark Four, The Fallons, Junior Cavern Club, lunchtime session 

Saturday, March 14, 1964: The Cavern Club, 10 Matthew Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK, with The Mark Four, The Pilgrims, L'Ringos, evening session

Tuesday, May 5, 1964: The Cavern Club, 10 Matthew Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK

Saturday, July 18, 1964: The Coffin, Ivegate, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, with The Mutineers, 7.30pm - 11.30pm
Saturday, February 27 - Wednesday March 10, 1965: The Del Shannon and Herman's Hermits Tour, also on the tour was Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders (who left the tour after Salisbury), The Four Just Men, Jerry Stevens, Dodie West (who joined the tour at Dundee), The Soul Savages featuring Paul Dean and The Dollies, The Zephyrs (who joined the tour at Southampton)

Saturday, February 27, 1965: The City Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK, first date of the tour 

Sunday, February 28, 1965: The Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 

Monday, March 1, 1965: The Town Hall, Birmingham, Warwickshire, UK 

Tuesday, March 2, 1965: The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire, UK 

Wednesday, March 3, 1965: The Odeon, Manchester, Lancashire, UK

Friday, March 5, 1965: The Capital, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

Saturday, March 6, 1965: The Caird Hall, Dundee, Aberdeenshire, UK

Sunday, March 7, 1965 at The City Hall, Newcastle, Northumbria, UK

Tuesday, March 9, 1965: The ABC Northampton, Northamptonshire, UK 

Wednesday, March 10, 1965: The Odeon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, after this date The Fontana's had to pull out of the tour as their singer Wayne Fontana was taken ill with nervous exhaustion. They were replaced by The Zephyrs

Thursday, March, 11, 1965: The Gaumont, Southampton, Hampshire, UK

Friday, March 12, 1965: The Capitol, Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales, UK

Saturday, March 13, 1965: The Colston Hall, Bristol, Somerset, UK

Sunday, March 14, 1965: The Coventry Theatre, Coventry, Warwickshire, UK

Tuesday, March 16, 1965: The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire, UK

Wednesday, March 17, 1965: The Gaumont, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

Thursday, March 18, 1965: The City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumbria, UK

Friday, March 19, 1965: The Gaumont, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

Saturday, March 20, 1965: The ABC, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK

Sunday, March 21, 1965: The Empire, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 

Friday, July 30, 1965: The Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USA 

Saturday, July 31, 1965: The Birmingham Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA 

Sunday, August 1, 1965: The New Orleans, Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 

Thursday, August 5, 1965: The Seattle Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA 

Saturday, August 7, 1965: The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, USA

Sunday, August 8, 1965: The Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Monday, August 9, 1965: The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Tuesday, August 10, 1965: The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA 

Wednesday, August 11, 1965: The Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA 

Thursday, August 12, 1965: TV Taping, New York City, N.Y., USA 

Friday, August 13, 1965: TV Taping, New York City, N.Y., USA 

Saturday, August 14, 1965: The San Francisco Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA 

Sunday, August 15, 1965: The Convention Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 

John H. Warburg


Herman's Hermits formerly played as The Heartbeats and were amazingly popular on Friday night gigs at Springhead Youth Club. One Friday night in the summer of '63 they turned up to play as The Heartbeats, Before they went on stage, Peter N told us that they now had a new manager who had changed their name to Herman and The Hermits, our response was 'You're joking! It'll never catch on!'

The rest, as they say, is history!

Gordon Ripley

Simon Van Downham has left the group after one year to pursue his own career.

Mike Ammatt was lead guitarist for Shane Fenton/Alvin Stardust and Wayne Fontana in the late 60s and early 70s. He then went on to become a successful International solo artiste including regular contracts to perform in South Africa’s famous/notorious Sun City.

On returning to the UK Mike wrote, presented and composed  the music for his own BBC TV series ‘Mop and Smiff.’ This was followed by 2 more successful kid’s BBC TV shows before he was commissioned to write and perform the theme tune to the  now “cult” BBC TV Series, ‘Jossy’s Giants’.  Following the success of the Television Series, Mike wrote the songs for the stage production of Jossy’s Giants. During this same time at the end of the 80s Mike was a regular main presenter on BBC TV’s Playschool.

Having played the guitar since he was 12 when he studied with Professor James Morley at the Manchester School of Music, Mike now enjoys country guitar pickin’ and classical guitar … during private moments.  But his first…. and probably his last love are those timeless classics he embraced and “rocked-on” to as a teenager in the 60s

During the late 60s, Mike Amatt started his musical career as lead guitarist with The Rogues a Manchester based band. Shortly after this, Geoff Foot joined The Rogues, and they changed their name to "Sunshine" when they went fully professional.

A year or two later  Mike and Geoff combined forces to open a fledgling recording studio in Salford, called "Snorkel Studios".  (A memorable visitor to these studios was Roy "Kinell" Jay, he wore a convict's suit and used the catchphrase "Slither Hither". Sadly he's no longer with us!)  Shortly after this Mike and Geoff parted ways to pursue their own individual careers as composers, songwriters and performers.

Little did they know then, that they would later be musically re-united as members of Herman's Hermits.

Olaf Owre


Folkestone's Whispering Wind
Peter Noone's first (?) backing band on leaving Hermits

Paul (webmaster) catches upwith Geoff Foot
at a HH gig in SE Australia

December 1965




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Neil Stretton
I still have my "Le Phonographe" membership card. I've scanned and saved it, but can't see how I can attach it to my comments. Any ideas?

AKA I.T. illiterate.
27th February 2017 8:52pm
Paul webmaster
Hi Neil - the comments system does not currently off the ability to upload an image. I would love your card for the site - please send as an email attachment to me at paul@manchesterbeat.com.
27th February 2017 9:21pm
Paul webmaster
Thanks Neil - added to the page (above).
Much appreciated!
27th February 2017 9:50pm
I was the chef at Blinkers for two years until 1972. The managers were John Stoy and later Max Brown, the DJ was Keith Simpson. Harvey and Selwyn were hard taskmasters but very fair and generous. The staff, Tony, Jacinto, Jose Rios and Georgio, used to play rummy while waiting for customers. The barman was Evandro Barbieri, but he left to open Isola Bella.
10th January 2017 8:08am
Arnold Seddon
Hi Dave, if I remember rightly and you are who I think you are; you used to be a big Pink Floyd fan. Living in the Timperley area as I recall.

Had many a good meal at Isola Bella up until 1980, when I left Manchester.

Bumped into John Stoy in 1975, aboard a Minesweeper in Poole Harbour. Had a few drinks together in the Wardroom, he was in the Naval Reserve at that time.

Keith Simpson alas is no longer with us. He was killed in a road traffic accident many years ago. Have fond memories of him, he was a real character.

I used to be on the Door around 1969/1970, only there for 12 months then went back to running betting shops for Selwyn.

I remember Rios and Georgio, but lost touch when I left. Not seen Evandro for many years. Last time I was in Manchester (about 15 Yrs ago) Isola Bella was all closed up

Selwyn now lives out in Prestbury and runs an animal sanctuary. He will be 87 now, as I am 70 and he was 17 years older than myself...still feel 23 though !!
10th January 2017 5:33pm
Tony Hawkins
I used to go in Blinker's a lot as I worked in the
cellar vie wine bar Lloyd street for Max brown
who used to work for Selwyn as his manager
I used to hide a certain footballer when he went
on the missing list back in the day .the good old
26th October 2016 11:06pm
Jennifer McFie Curiel
Does anyone know or remember a guy called ***** Salem ? Used to own or manager of the Phonogragh? I used to go there early mid 60's
3rd May 2016 6:38am
Neil Stretton
Ah, Frank's bacon butties. I remember them well. Never went to Blinkers, but I was a penniless student who managed to wangle his way in, lying about my age and occupation, of course. It was great when Frank, the chef, used to pick up a tambourine and play along with whatever Tamla Motown song was playing at the time. I still have my membership card, would you believe!
16th March 2016 8:02pm
Steven A. Lomas
Is this site still being moderated? I was hoping to contact the person who has put this site together.

I am 44 years old and from Manchester. I've just graduated with a Broadcasting Degree in July this year. I've produced and shot two short Films so far. They are on my YouTube channel:


It is my intention to make a TV programme next year about Manchester and it's music venues circa 1958-1965. I need all the help I can get in finding people from Manchester who will be happy to talk in a relaxed situation on camera (I guess they will be in their 70's now).

If anybody is interested (and has stories to tell about those days) I can be reached at:
steven.lomas.productions@gmail.com (all lower case).

Kind regards,

23rd December 2015 4:15am
Bernard Basso
Played in a group 1959. To. 1965 the whirlwinds and the Mockingbirds had Kevin and gragham Gouldman from 10 cc in the group loads of stories
If you want to contact me 07912639208
14th January 2017 5:34am
Jan Sheffield nee Wright
My friend Suzanne & I met Selwyn one night on the way back from a party. He gave us free membership into Blinkers for life. I still Cryinghave my membership card. We were both at nursing college so I think Selwyn took pity on us! But he was always a gentleman. We use to dance till early hours with George Best Dave-Lee and many others. They were the days ........ what fun we use to have.
11th November 2015 9:45am
Met many famous people in that club working as Selwyns chauffeur and Minder singers ,footballers,, met and shook hands with George Best..many good memories of my days working for Selwyn and still keep in touch with him..
29th May 2015 8:28pm
Phil Roberts
The Phonograph club is featured on Youtube, under the title. Swinging Britain Print (1967) starts around 2mins 55s, can't attatch the video for some reason ?
29th May 2015 7:58am
First me Selwyn in 1976 when I started to work for him as his chauffeur have been to some great places as his driver ie Paris, Monte Carlo,, Nice, really did see a new side of life,met some great people as well boxers footballers and pop stars,,and he is still my friend today after all these years pleased to call him my friend and the godfather to my three sons..
26th May 2015 1:28am
David gray
My uncle Peter Thornton used to manage blinkers and my godfather is Harvey Demi
10th April 2015 4:20am
William Hulme Grammar NOT Hume.
31st March 2015 10:24am
Stretford Boys Grammar School was NOT on Granby Road at the time quoted! The Girls Grammar School WAS. The Boys Grammar was on Great Stone Road, completely separate schools at the date!
31st March 2015 10:21am
brenda hannay nee wilson
I worked at the phonograph in 1968 briefly it was a fun place, great music
24th March 2015 1:53am
brenda hannay
correction on the date I worked there in 1966
24th March 2015 7:53pm
Gabrielle Sherwin nee Gorna
I used to go to the Phonograph and also when it became Blinkers. Became friends with Selwym and met oeople like Lulu, Goergie Best, Mike Summerbee there. It was a fabulous club, way ahead of its time. The music was out of this world and the dance floor was sprung so you could dance for ages. I was a member as Selwyn knew my father and my sister. He was a lovely guy.
8th January 2015 3:04am
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