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Herman's Hermits - Smile Please ... This song should have hit No 1 ...but...

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Published on Dec 7, 2010

An oldie from the UK from 1970 ... Even the lyrics are not found on the internet.... so here goes.... ( and it takes a foreigner to do this......argh.....)

Herman's Hermits is an English beat or pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as Herman & The Hermits. The group's manager and producer, Mickie Most (who controlled the band's output), emphasized a simple, non-threatening and clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman's Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s but hampered the band's creativity, relegating Noone, Hopwood, Leckenby and Green's original songs to quickly recorded B-sides and album cuts.[editorializing?]

Their first hit was a cover of Earl Jean's "I'm Into Something Good" (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 13 in the US in 1964. They never topped the British charts again, but had two US Billboard Hot 100 No. 1's with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" (originally sung by Tom Courtenay in a 1963 British TV play) and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am" (a British music hall song by Harry Champion dating from 1911). These songs were aimed at a US fan-base, with Peter Noone exaggerating his Manchester accent; the band was not fond of either song and they were never released as singles in Britain.

They were on the MGM label, a company which often featured the musical performers they had signed to record deals in films. The Hermits appeared in several MGM movies, including When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965) - and Hold On! (1966). They also starred in the film Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) and were one of the performers in Pop Gear (1965).

Herman's Hermits had three Top 3 hits in the U.S. in 1965, with the aforementioned #1 hits, as well as a hit cover of Goldie and the Gingerbreads' "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" (U.S. #2). They had the hits "A Must to Avoid" (U.S. #8), "Listen People" (U.S. #3), George Formby, Jr.'s "Leaning on a Lamp Post," from Me and My Girl (U.S. #7), and "Dandy" (U.S. #3) in 1966; "There's a Kind of Hush" was a Top 10 hit for them the following year. They appeared on the The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Commercial success proved elusive after the late '60s. The group had recorded their final album of the sixties, "Rock N Roll Party". This however was eventually shelved by MGM, and Peter Noone and Keith Hopwood left the band in 1971.

SMILE PLEASE by Herman's Hermits

Smile, please
Get yourself together and smile, please
Things are getting better all the time
Make it look as though you're mine

Here we are together in this scrooby world of our own
We're sitting in this cubicle, it's beautiful to get you alone
People will be wondering what I am doing in here with you
So we'd better put our money and take a photograph or two

So won't you
Smile, please
Get yourself together and smile, please
Things are getting better all the time
Make it look as though you're mine

Come on and
Smile, please
It only takes a minute so
Smile, please
Put some loving in it for me
You got to let the whole world see
The lovely way you look at me

Don't be quite so negative
I'm positive they'll turn out fine
The scene will soon be better if
we stay in here a little time

So won't you
Smile, please
Get yourself together and smile, please
Things are getting better all the time
Make it look as though you're mine

Come on and
Smile, please
It only takes a minute so
Smile, please
Put some loving in it for me
You got to let the whole world see
The lovely way you look at me

So won't you
Smile, please
Get yourself together and smile, please
Things are getting better all the time

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    • Standard YouTube License
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  • Artist

    • Herman's Hermits
  • Album

    • The Best Of
  • Licensed by

    • WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Catalog); EMI Music Publishing

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