Opinion

Grandstand to be full of hits with Peter Noone and Gary Lewis

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

ROCKIN' RETRO

When Spencer’s Clay County Fair announced the show with Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Gary Lewis & The Playboys, all I could think of was, “that show will have a lot of amazing songs coming from that stage. It will be like a jukebox stuck on play with amazing hit songs coming out of the speakers.”

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When I see names like these, I instantly think back to the original Roof Garden Ballroom and Arnolds Park Amusement Park. Gary Lewis appeared at the Roof Garden two times and at Arnolds Park Amusement Park once. As for Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits, they would appear at Arnolds Park with Peter or just Herman’s Hermits three times with no shows at the Roof. The Lakes Area has had a great relationship with both artists.

When it comes to hits, the list for Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits, is simply incredible. Check this list out: “I’m Into Something Good”-1964, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”-1965, “Silhouettes”-1965, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,”-1965, “Wonderful World”-1965, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”-1965, “Just A Little Bit Better”-1965, “A Must To Avoid”-1965, “Listen People”-1966, “Leaning On A Lamp Post”-1966, “Dandy”-1966, “This Door Swings Both Ways”-1966, “No Milk Today”-1966, “There’s A Kind Of Hush”-1967 and “Sunshine Girl”-1968. This catalog of hits is simply amazing.

As for Gary Lewis and his Playboys, it also sounds like the jukebox is on non-stop play. Take a listen: “This Diamond Ring”-1965, “Count Me In”-1965, “Save Your Heart For Me”-1965, “She’s Just My Style”-1965, “Everybody Love’s A Clown”-1965, “Sure Gonna Miss Her”-1966, “Green Grass”-1966, “My Heart's A Symphony"-1966, “Sealed With A Kiss”-1967 and “Rhythm Of The Rain”-1968. This is totally impressive. Jointly, their hits total 25 songs with 13 being Top 5 Billboard gold singles. What careers these are!

Herman’s Hermits was a part of the juggernaut that is known as the ‘60s British Invasion. Noone and the Hermits came out of Manchester, England. Their music was produced by England’s legendary Mickie Most. In the United States, they signed with MGM Records and saw great chart success. In addition, they appeared in four movies. Today Noone is one of the biggest artists in revival music. He still has an incredible voice and presents a fantastic stage show. He is a real pro.

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Lewis came fast on the ‘60s music scene, with huge backing from Liberty Records. A lot of his early success was thought to be because of his father, the popular comedian and Labor Day telethon host, Jerry Lewis. I think I can say that Gary’s success came from his own hard work and not because of his father.

Gary and his producer, Snuff Garret, were magic together. “Snuffy” could really find the right song for Gary. One of their main song writers was Leon Russell who helped write “She’s Just My Style,” among others for Gary.

Lewis’s stage show at the fair will be second to none. I have seen him numerous times in recent years, and he can still tell a musical story better than most.

Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Gary Lewis & The Playboys is a show that will be pure music magic.

Until next year.

Take care and always remember the music!