On the Tube: Herman’s Hermits Band Bio

I just watched this band bio.

https://youtu.be/Vl6V2ymTPl8

Herman’s Hermits had 30 top hits!

Original members of Herman’s Hermits

They added to an LP with a song they thought was rather ridiculous called, “Mrs. Brown you’ve got a lovely daughter.” But of course it became a smash hit!

Many of their songs were released as popular singles.

There is the lead singer Peter Noone, but no Herman in the band.

Peter Noone

Herman was a band name derived from the name Sherman of the American cartoon, “Sherman and Peabody.”

There always seems to be great content in band biographies.

What is your favorite Herman’s Hermits song?

On the Tube: Hattie McDaniel

Hattie in a hat

We pay money for streaming services, but yet again I spent last night watching old programs on YouTube.

In particular, I enjoyed this documentary about the life of the multi-talented Hattie McDaniel.

https://youtu.be/xtUO0n08k4A

Unfortunately, they really didn’t mention she had 5 husbands, but just focused on her final marriage and divorce to Larry Williams, a shiftless layabout.

More details about Ms. McDaniel’s personal life are revealed on her Wikipedia page.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattie_McDaniel

Poor Hattie died at age 59 after being a target of protests against her subservient “house-maid” stereotype.

https://hollywoodforever.com/story/hattie-mcdaniel/

In retrospect, most startling to me was the relatively short lives of the leads of “Gone with the wind.”

Clark Gable died at age 59, Vivian Leigh died at age 53, and Leslie Howard was 50 years old when he died in 1943.

However, only Olivia De Haviland lived a long, lengthy life. She made it to age 104!

I just noticed her first name has the word “live” in it!

Also, she noted years later although she lost the Academy award to her rival Hattie, she felt it was a far better, and much bigger thing for the world.

Strangely, whereas Olivia de Haviland’s character Melanie dies in the movie, “Gone with the wind,” the actress Olivia out-lived all her co-stars in real life, while the other stars survived in the film.

P.S. In Georgia there is a “Gone with the wind” museum.

https://youtu.be/7YySgAr2_AE