Herman's Hermits

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

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 up with Geoff Foot
at a HH gig in SE Australia

December 1965




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Topic: Blinkers/Phonograph
Caroline Jackson - as was says...
I worked at the Phonograph during college vacations from when it opened till 1966 . I remember George Best when he only drank Coca Cola ! And what about Frank's steak sandwiches ! We used to get £3 per night and a free taxi home. Some of the ... Read More
19th May 2014 8:06pm
Pat Elrington says...
I remember The Phonograph in 1964, so much fun and so many happy memories. I also remember Frank the chef, what a lovely happy man he was. Oh for a time warp so that we could be those revellers again!
26th September 2014 11:24pm
Linda Bilton says...
Jeffrey Stanton introduced me to Time and Place, Mr Smiths and Blinckers nightclubs., what fantastic memories ! Clubs ahead of their time . Special moments with special people Eric Stanton was introduced briefly.
6th July 2014 8:02am
eric stanton says...
Hi Linda. Nice to see someone remembers Jeff . Sadly passed away 4 years ago aged just 61. Left wife and three great kids. He is very much missed. One of the good guys.
12th July 2014 2:26am
Alan Edmunds says...
Are you sure that the guy in the photo with the Christmas Babes is Eric Stanton? It looks like a guy called Graeme Jackson with whom I used to visit Blinkers in the very early 70's.
Alan Edmunds
8th July 2014 2:10am
Eric Stanton says...
Hi Alan. I can assure you it is me. Happy days. Eric
11th August 2014 5:00am
Alan Edmunds says...
Hi Eric,thanks for the confirmation. You and Graeme are so alike even down to the style of jacket and open necked shirt!My error was also down to 'circumstantial evidence' as Graeme was 'friendly' with a woman who had a model agency ... Read More
13th August 2014 2:19am
Dale kirk says...
I used to clean Karl's car!!! I am 55 now but when I was a child living on Lomond Road Karl lived across from us. He had the most amazing E-type Jag and it had wire wheels. He paid me 50p a wheel!!! My spends were probably only 20p a week at the ... Read More
29th July 2014 12:12am
Sheila hoy says...
I wonder if anyone else has memories of steph on the door? He was my dad
18th August 2014 3:41am
tommy says...
hi sheila, l knew steve and family very well.He was my cousin
20th October 2014 9:01pm
Jack Grimshaw says...
Sheila: First time I met your dad (per my piece above) he kept me out! Dress code and all that ... no tie. He remembered my name an hour later, when I returned - and greeted me warmly by name every visit after that. A gentleman, a genuine nice guy ... Read More
20th March 2015 11:33am
Sheila hoy says...
Hi Tommy
Think there is a mix up here I am talking about Steph on the door not Steve, Steph is my dad
10th April 2015 8:16am
Sheila hoy says...
Yes jack a very true description of my dad, loved a pretty lady!!
10th April 2015 8:19am
Arnold Seddon says...
Met your Dad when I was taking over from him on the Door. We worked together for a couple of weeks in order for him to introduce me to the regular customers. Only stayed for twelve months, late '69 into 1970. Dougie Fiddler was the manager at ... Read More
26th February 2016 6:30am
Dave Rothwell says...
Hi Arnold, remember you well, and Douggie, and John Stoy. Also Keith Simpson and Maureen. I was the chef from 1970 to 1972. Hard work but happy memories
22nd July 2017 5:23am
Bernadette Brown says...
Hi Sheila, I worked at Blinkrers same time as your dad, he was a lovely man very polite also..x
17th December 2016 12:12am
Christine Robertson nee Varley (Swindon Wiltshire) says...
Hi bernadette did you have any brothers by any chance?
13th October 2017 10:08pm
nelon diaz says...
i jus to go there on the year 1969 and knowed George best and jennifer lowe. i am from Venezuela 66 years oldcold
26th December 2014 8:25am
Gabrielle Sherwin nee Gorna says...
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 ... Read More
8th January 2015 3:04am
Arnold Seddon says...
I take it you are the young woman I remember as Gay Gorna. Use to live in Hale (Late 60s)

If that's the case,Hello. I hope you are well and life has been kind.

If not, then my apologies for the intrusion.
10th January 2017 5:43pm
brenda hannay nee wilson says...
I worked at the phonograph in 1968 briefly it was a fun place, great music
24th March 2015 1:53am
brenda hannay says...
correction on the date I worked there in 1966
24th March 2015 7:53pm
KC says...
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
KC says...
William Hulme Grammar NOT Hume.
31st March 2015 10:24am
David gray says...
My uncle Peter Thornton used to manage blinkers and my godfather is Harvey Demi
10th April 2015 4:20am
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 ... Read More
26th May 2015 1:28am
Phil Roberts says...
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
NormanCarhart says...
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
Jan Sheffield nee Wright says...
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 have my membership card. We were both at nursing college so I think Selwyn took pity on us! But he was always a ... Read More
11th November 2015 9:45am
Steven A. Lomas says...
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 ... Read More
23rd December 2015 4:15am
Bernard Basso says...
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
Neil Stretton says...
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 ... Read More
16th March 2016 8:02pm
Jennifer McFie Curiel says...
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
Tony Hawkins says...
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
Dave says...
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 ... Read More
10th January 2017 8:08am
Arnold Seddon says...
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 ... Read More
10th January 2017 5:33pm
Neil Stretton says...
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 says...
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 says...
Thanks Neil - added to the page (above).
Much appreciated!
27th February 2017 9:50pm
Margareta Bergman (Grums Sweden) says...
In 1966 I was au-pair in Manchester. The family told me that the best club was Le Phonographe. Me and my au-pairfriends went there and we loved it. We became friends with Selwyn also was a visiter like us. He was the incest man I ever met. He took ... Read More
26th October 2017 8:17pm
Margareta Bergman (Grums Sweden) says...
Some faults in the text. Correction, Selwyn was the nicest man not incest!

And it should say: not to forget the star of Manchester George Best!
26th October 2017 8:26pm

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