Saturday, November 23, 2013

HOLD ON - Herman's Hermits - "She's A Must To Avoid" (1966)

 Saturday's the best night of the week to rock......SO let's go way, way, out tonight! Just tighten up the straps on your straitjacket a notch, and.................."HOLD ON!"

 "Hold On" was made in 1966, ah yes, I remember it well! There were major massive unforgettable classics that came out that year like ? Mark and the Mysterians - "96 Tears," The Rolling Stones - "Paint It Black," The Troggs - "Wild Thing," Donovan - "Sunshine Superman," The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations," The Standells - "Dirty Water," The Four Tops - "Reach Out I'll Be There," The Surfaris - "Wipe Out," The Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction," and so much more, but what was THE # 1 song of the year, "The Ballad of the Green Barets, by Sgt. Barry Sadler!

 In 1965, Herman's Hermits had no more than five songs on Billboard's Top 100 Songs, at # 67 was "Wonderful World," # 46 was "I'm Henry VIII I Am," # 22 was "Silhouettes," a cover tune originally recorded by The Rays, The Crests, and The Diamonds, #19 was "Mrs. Brown You Have a Lovely Daughter, and # 8 was "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat!" In 1966 they charted only one tune at #91, "Dandy," and in 1967 they came back with the # 50 tune, "There's a Kind of Hush!" That's a pretty nice run!

 Herman's "Must To Avoid" is Shelley Fabares who was in 191 episodes of the Donna Reed Show from 1958 to 1965 as Mary Stone! In 1962, Shelley had a song in the #1 position for two weeks, "Johnny Angel!"

 "Hold On!" is definitely not missing out in the talent department, but in reality is pretty much just one long music video with Herman's Hermits performing no less than eight songs!

 The band is so popular, they have to put on nifty disguises like these bald wigs in order to slip out of the building!

 The action moves to P.O.P, or Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica! Los Angeles used to have fun places to go to like P.O.P. and The Pike in Long Beach! Amusement parks on the beach, it just doesn't get better than that!

 Pretty scary! Herman almost gets killed on the 25 cent roller coaster ride!

 For some reason, the United States government wants to put The Hermits name on the nosecone of this rocket, but it causes a big commotion because they are not Americans!

 Herman's Hermits music is so hot at this party that all the girls including Shelley, strip out of their formals and start dancing!

It's almost impossible for the modern mind to comprehend, but there was a time in the not so distant past that there were only three channels on TV, and no remote control!! Gasp!!

 It's pretty likely that rocket is full of money on a direct path to Peter Noone's bank account, no wonder Herman was smiling all the time!

"Hold On!"

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