During the initial onslaught of the British Invasion, as The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five slugged it out for the devotion of America’s masses, a cuddly quintet, Herman’s Hermits, practically usurped them both. Neither as adept nor as savvy as their competition, they were assured continuing chart success via the astute guidance of producer Mickey Most and a reliable arsenal of songwriting support.
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The five-DVD set features:
• “Dusty Springfield — Once Upon a Time 1964-1969″
• “Small Faces — All or Nothing 1965-1968″
• “Herman’s Hermits — Listen People 1964-1969″
• “Gerry andthe Pacemakers — It’s Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965″
• A bonus disc featuring more than an hour of bonus performances by Dusty Springfield and Herman’s Hermits plus an hour and a half of bonus interviews
Probably no group of teenagers soared so far, so fast, as Herman’s Hermits did in the middle ’60s. Founding member and drummer Barry Whitwam says the initial wave of the British Invasion was a lot of fun and that they were “brilliant times.” He continues to front a touring version of Herman’s Hermits, and he talked to Goldmine about their early successes, working alongside future greats Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and his relationship with original lead singer Peter Noone.