Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, with Tommy James & The Shondells, Sunday, July 8, 7 p.m., 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, hudsongardens.org.
riting that Monkees preview a few weeks ago was clearly a mistake, because now this. Herman’s Hermits were high in the ranks of the British Invasion’s bubble-gum contingent, right up there with Freddie & The Dreamers, scoring a handful of Top 10 singles during their allotted 15 months of fame. Two of those singles have stood the test of time, at least when measured by AM oldies standards: “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” which sounded like an old British music hall novelty song, and “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am,” which actually was. In 1971, while no one was looking or listening, frontman Peter Noone exited the band, taking his chipper Cockney-accented, forever-on-the-verge-of-15 vocals with him. (Yes, there’s a reason why Alvin & The Chipmunks covered “Mrs. Brown” so effectively on their Chipmunks à Go-Go
album.) And since Noone is, to be honest, the only member of Herman’s Hermits that anyone remembers, it’s reassuring to find his name so prominently featured on this bill, which tosses in Tommy James & The Shondells — of “Crimson and Clover,” “Mony Mony” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” fame — for good measure.