A song by Carole King will be forever special to Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone.
“I’m Into Something Good” launched the career of British pop band Herman’s Hermits, and Noone always sings it on tour.
“‘Something Good’ was the first hit,” Noone said last week by phone before leaving on tour to cities such as Munich before coming to Bangor on April 2. Hollywood Slots Casino and Raceway will host Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone in a free concert at 9 p.m. Friday.
“‘Henery the Eighth’” was another favorite of the lead singer, and ‘There’s a Kind of Hush.’ I like different songs for different reasons,” he said. “And I hope everyone could tell how much fun we were having making them.”
The Manchester, England, native certainly has music in his blood. His Irish grandparents were the organist and choir mistress of the local church, “and my dad played trombone in the Royal Air Force Band. We were a pretty musical family,” he said.
Noone, who was just 16 when “Something Good” hit the charts, recalls recording at the famous Abbey Road.
“Yeah, the Beatles were there,” he said. “We were just happy to be on the same label.”
That’s a modest statement, considering that the band outsold the Beatles in this country in the mid-’60s with hits such as “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter.”
Herman’s Hermits were part of the British Invasion, and Noone remembers well their first tour of the United States,”
“It was a lightning tour,” he said, “Philadelphia, New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth. We went home and came back again and did 50 days” on tour.
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will be just as busy over the next few months.
“I like hectic,” Noone said, “and I’m a good tourist. This is a good time to come to Maine.”
The band had nearly two dozen hits in this country, and on tour “we do them all in case one of them is your favorite,” he said.
Five Hollywood Slots patrons will get backstage passes during a drawing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the casino. Those who patronized the slots during the past month will have their name entered once for every $10 of “coin in” they played during that time.
Concert-goers will have their chance to get the singer’s signature, too.
“Since I’ve been a teenager, I go out and sign autographs. That’s always been my thing,” Noone said.
The singer, who hosted “My Generation” on VH1 and starred in the musical production “The Pirates of Penzance” in two countries, lives in both the United States and England these days.
So dig out that Herman’s Hermits album you bought with your first baby-sitting money, or come along and discover the charmer from Manchester for the first time.
Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone are ready to meet some Mainers.
Those attending the April 2 concert must be 21 or older.