The Honeycombs - The Honeycombs [Have I the Right?] (1964 First Album)
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The Honeycombs First Album (Released in U.S. as "Here Are The Honeycombs") (UK Pye NPL 18097 / US Interphon IN-88001, 1964)
The Honeycombs were an English beat/pop group of the 1960s. Their most distinguishing mark was their female drummer, Honey Lantree.
One night the group, known then as The Sheratons, was playing in a London pub, The Mildmay Tavern in the Balls Pond Road. In the audience were Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, a very prolific British songwriting team, who later wrote hits for such artists as Lulu, Elvis Presley, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and Petula Clark. Howard and Blaikley, then working in production for BBC Television, liked what they saw and suggested the band might like to hear some of their material. The band had an upcoming audition with indie record producer Joe Meek, whom most notably had produced The Tornados, and composed their number one hit ("Telstar") in 1962, and were eager for some new material. At the audition in Meek's studio in Holloway Road, they played Howard and Blaikley's "Have I the Right?" which Meek recorded.
The group's founder Martin Murray had worked as a hairdresser, Honey Lantree being his assistant. They decided to combine his profession with the name of the drummer, and changed their name to The Honeycombs. They were signed to the Pye record label. After proving a 'sleeper' for seven weeks the record took off in the summer of 1964 reaching the number one spot around the world and selling over 2 million records. It was Meek's final hit in the United States, where it was issued on the Interphon label (a Vee Jay label). The Honeycombs were managed by Howard and Blaikley who went on to write more successes for them.
The Honeycombs' first recording "Have I The Right?" hit number one in the UK and number five in the U.S. in the autumn of 1964 shortly after the start of the British Invasion. They were especially successful in Sweden (four consecutive number ones) and in Japan (where they issued a live album entitled, In Tokyo). Honey Lantree was an accomplished drummer and the star attraction of the group as she was one of very few female drummers at the time. The unique and heavily compressed bass drum sound on "Have I The Right?", which many other drummers of the period tried to replicate, was augmented by the group stamping on the stairs of Meek's studio. Meek achieved this by placing four microphones attached with bicycle clips under the stairs. The Honeycombs also recorded the song in German.
They made many appearances on music television shows such as Top of the Pops, Ready Steady Go! (UK), Shindig! (U.S.), and Beat-Club (Germany). They also recorded their second album entitled All Systems - Go! in 1965. A dubbed performance appears in the 1965 British film Pop Gear (U.S. title Go Go Mania!).
The Honeycombs line-up changed in 1966 and the group became known as the New Honeycombs. The New Honeycombs were the original drummer and vocalist Honey Lantree plus bassist John Lantree and included in the new line-up were Rod Butler on lead guitar and vocals, Colin Boyd on vocals and guitar, and Eddie Spence on keyboards and vocals. Further singles were recorded at Joe Meek's studio and were released on the Pye label. The New Honeycombs went on to tour extensively in the UK and Europe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Honeycombs
01. Color Slide
02. Once You Know
03. Without You It Is Night
04. That's The Way
05. I Want To Be Free
06. How The Mighty Have Fallen
07. Have I The Right
08. Just A Face In The Crowd
09. Nice While It Lasted
10. Me From You
11. Leslie Anne
12. She's Too Way Out
13. It Ain't Necessarily So
14. This Too Shall Pass Away
15. Please Don't Pretend Again
16. I'll Cry Tomorrow
17. If You've Got To Pick A Baby
18. I'll See You Tomorrow
19. I Can't Stop
20. Hab Ich Das Recht
21. Du Sollst Nicht Traurig Sein
Dennis D'Ell - (born Denis James Dalziel, 14 October 1943, Whitechapel, East London — died of cancer 6 July 2005) - Lead singer and harmonica player
Alan Ward - (born 12 December 1945, Nottingham) - Lead guitar
Martin Murray - (born 7 October 1939, The City of London) - Rhythm guitar
John Lantree - (born John David Lantree, 20 August 1940, Newbury, Berkshire) - Bass guitar
Honey Lantree - (born Ann Margot Lantree, 28 August 1943, Hayes, Middlesex) - Drums/Vocals.
Peter Pye (born 12 July 1946, Walthamstow, London), - Rhythm Guitar who was brought into the band by Murray, and eventually replaced him.
Colin Boyd (born Colin Nicholas Nicol, 4 June 1946, Combe, outside Bath, Somerset) who was a singer and songwriter for The Honeycombs ca. 1966; he went on to form Honeybus, and was from then on was known as Colin Hare.
Rod Butler (born Rodney Butler, 27 May 1944, Mill Hill, London), played lead guitar with the band from 1966 until 1968; and went on to play with The Lemmings and subsequently The College Boys, formed by ex Honeycomb Martin Murray. Butler later joined forces with Dennis D'Ell and formed Zarabanda, and later still played in Violinski, with Mik Kaminski of the ELO.