On this Sunday’s edition of Vinyl Vibes, Jack Hodgins is joined by Keith Hopwood, the rhythm guitarist of Herman’s Hermits.

Keith joined Herman’s Hermits in 1962, and by August 1964 they had recorded their first UK number one hit “I’m Into Something Good”. By 1965 they were out-selling the Beatles in the US, and had two number 1 US hits to their name: “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”.

In the later part of the ’60s the group’s US success faded, but they reminded strong in the UK with songs like “No Milk Today” and “There’s a Kind of Hush”. Keith left the group in 1972 to work on Pluto Music, a company that composes musical scores for commercials, films, and animation. In 2022, Keith released his first solo studio album. It was called “Never Too Late” and featured 11 new original songs penned by Keith.

Hear Keith’s memories of music in the 1960s, the British Invasion, and how he thinks music making is different today.

Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits) in a dairy company at the Larenseweg in Hilversum (the Netherlands), after the handing over of a gold record because of record sales of the single No milk today (Dec. 1966)