"Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" was the song that put Herman's Hermits over the top in America as the first major challenge to the Beatles' claim to being the country's heartthrobs, albeit by aiming at a slightly younger demographic. The song is credited to "Carter-Lewis," which is a pseudonym for songwriters John Shakespeare and Kenneth Hawker, who would go on to write the 1967 hits "Little Bit o' Soul" for the Music Explosion and "Sunday for Tea" for Peter and Gordon. It is a bouncy, harmless expression of love in which the singer describes his affection and inevitably leads up to "the preacher" and "wedding bells." A relentless procession of romantic clichés set to a simple tune, it was given a catchy Merseybeat arrangement by producer Mickie Most. Released as a Herman's Hermits single in the U.S. (but not in the group's native U.K.) to follow up the Top 20 "I'm Into Something Good" in early 1965, it took a couple of months to top the charts in April, as 17-year-old Peter "Herman" Noone's face was splashed across the covers of teen magazines. With that, all hell broke loose. MGM Records released five more Herman's Hermits singles during the course of 1965, all of which reached the Top Ten. "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" earned only a few recordings after its first one, however, and remains best-known as a Herman's Hermits oldie.