Trevor Peacock wrote "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" in 1963 for a British television play in which it was introduced by actor Tom Courtenay. Sounding like something from an old English music hall, it was sung in the ingratiating persona of a young man addressing the mother of a girl who's broken his heart, certainly an interesting twist on the usual romantic themes of pop songs. It was picked up by producer Mickie Most and Herman's Hermits, who were looking for material for the group's debut album, in the wake of their successful 1964 singles starting with "I'm Into Something Good." Its subject was ideal for 17-year-old lead singer Peter Noone, who was able to inhabit the character of the shy teen. Most used a spare arrangement with a clipped banjo accompaniment that allowed the rhythm section in only after the song and its subject had been well introduced. Noone gave it a wonderful performance, not attempting to hide his Manchester accent, which made the song all the more endearing. Nevertheless, nobody thought of such an obvious novelty tune as a single, and following the early-1965 release of Introducing Herman's Hermits in the U.S., the group's American label, MGM, issued "Silhouettes" as their next 45. That record became a Top Ten hit, but meanwhile disc jockeys began playing "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" so extensively that MGM rush-released a single version only two weeks after the release of "Silhouettes." In April, it had the highest chart debut in history up to that time, and the following month it reached number one, going gold and becoming one of the biggest hits of the year. Clearly, part of the reason was that Noone had become a teen idol, making Herman's Hermits the hottest group since the Beatles in the U.S. (They were never as popular at home, where the song remained an album track.) "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" reflected Noone's harmless appeal perfectly, and its folk-like simplicity also won over fans of the still-ongoing folk boom. It was too cute not to like. The second film starring Herman's Hermits was called Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter, and they performed the song again on the soundtrack, but by the time it was released in the summer of 1968, Herman-mania had run its course. Since the '60s, the song has remained a favored oldie in the Herman's Hermits catalog, though it has not been covered much. Lesbian folk singer Phranc recorded it in the 1990s, however, giving it an unexpected twist.