Herman's Hermits

Can't You Hear My Heartbeat

Composed by John Carter / Ken Lewis

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"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 clich├ęs 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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1965 MGM 2:15
Herman's Hermits 1965 EMI Music Distribution 2:16
No Image 1965 MGM 2:15
Their Greatest Hits 1973 ABKCO Records 2:15
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
The EP Collection 1990 See For Miles Records 2:17
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [Compilation] 1994 Repertoire 2:15
Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:15
No Milk Today 1996 Lifetime (UK) / Music Products 2:11
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:15
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:20
Best of Herman's Hermits [Pegasus] 1999 Cleopatra 2:29
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:14
Story 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:14
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1997] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:15
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige Elite Records 2:31
Hermhits 2002 Akarma 2:14
Years May Come... 2002 BR Music / B.R. 2:15
Rock N Roll Reunion 1965 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:15
A's, B's & EP's 2004 EMI Music Distribution 2:15
Retrospective 2004 ABKCO Records 2:18
Sunshine Girl 2004 United Audio Entertainment 2:12
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI / Parlophone 2:15
Complete Hits 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:13
The Classic Sixties Collection: Mid '60s 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
40 Jahre Flower Power 2007
Various Artists
G&H / Ganser & Hanke Media 2:15
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMD Int'l 2:17
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 Parlophone 2:17
60s British Invasion [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:12
Listen People 1964-1969 2009
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [ABKCO] 2012 ABKCO Records 2:17
The Best of Herman's Hermits: 50th Anniversary Anthology 2015 Bear Family Records 2:18
No Image
Various Artists
X5 2:17
All the Hits Disky
Best of British Invasion
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:13
No Image
Various Artists
Awesome Inc. 2:10
Greatest Hits [ZYX] ZYX / ZYX Music 2:14
No Image 2:29
Live in Australia 1966 ZYX Music 2:22
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 18: Hold on (I'm Coming)
Various Artists
Legacy 2:16
No Image
Various Artists
Life Music / Time / Time Life / Time/Life Music 2:16
No Image SNS
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