Herman's Hermits

Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter

Composed by Trevor Peacock

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Introducing Herman's Hermits 1965 MGM
Herman's Hermits 1965 EMI 2:45
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter 1968 Repertoire 2:48
Their Greatest Hits 1973 ABKCO Records 2:48
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
Greatest Hits [Hollywood] 1988 Hollywood/IMG
The EP Collection 1990 See For Miles Records 2:49
The Sullivan Years: British Invasion 1990
Various Artists
TVT
No Image 1991
Various Artists
RCA
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [Compilation] 1994 Repertoire 2:48
Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:45
No Image 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters 2:37
No Milk Today 1996 Lifetime (UK) / Music Products 2:34
Sixties Generation: 1965 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Retro Music 2:43
Global Rock, Vol. 8: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
I'm into Something Good [Prism] 1997 Prism Entertainment 2:48
#1 Hits: The British Invasion 1998
Various Artists
Retro Music 2:38
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:49
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:42
Original Gold [CD #1] 1998 Disky 2:48
Best of Herman's Hermits [Pegasus] 1999 Cleopatra 2:45
Little Bit of England 1999
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:46
Original Gold 1999 Disky 2:48
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Number 1 Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
Best of the 60's 2000 Simply The Best (Netherlands)
That Was Then, This Is Now 2000 Tug Boat International 3:07
Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:43
Rock Revival: Good Rockin' Tonight 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:38
Rock 'n' Roll Memories 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
No Image 2000 Blue Pie Music 2:51
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1997] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 2:47
All the Hits Plus More 2001 Prestige Elite 2:47
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 2:47
American Bandstand: CD 2 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:47
Hermhits 2002 Akarma 2:48
Herman's Hermits/Both Sides of Herman's Hermits 2002 EMI Digital / Parlophone 2:45
The Best of British Rock Group Invasion 2002
Various Artists
Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:36
Years May Come... 2002 BR Music / B.R. 2:48
Grooviest Hits Ever, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
Grooviest Hits Ever 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
Rock N Roll Reunion 1965 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
The Greatest Hits of Tug Boat Records 2003
Various Artists
Orchard 3:07
21 Winners: Jukebox Hits of the '60s [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Hits by Decade 2003
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:38
1960s Happy Days, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Gold Collection: Memorable Radio Hits 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:06
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 60s [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
20 Best Hits of the 60s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
Retrospective 2004 ABKCO Records 2:49
Sixties Rock 2004
Various Artists
Passport Audio
Sunshine Girl 2004 United Audio Entertainment 2:37
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 60s - Disc 2 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
The Grammys, The Telly's and Mega Records 2005
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:13
1960's Happy Days [2005 #2] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
40 #1 Hits: The Sixties 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI / Parlophone 2:49
Complete Hits 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:46
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
#1 Hits of the 50s and 60s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:38
The Classic Sixties Collection: Mid '60s 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Forever Gold: Number 1 Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:39
Number 1 Pop Hits of the '60s, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:38
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:47
Karaoke: The Sixties Hits, Vol. 4 2007
Karaoke
Chartbuster Karaoke 3:16
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 3: Rock Around The Clock 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:47
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:48
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:48
60s British Invasion [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Listen People 1964-1969 2009
'60s Favorites 2010
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:35
British Invasion 2011
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:40
The Best of Herman's Hermits: 50th Anniversary Anthology 2015 Bear Family Records 2:58
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:38
Global Rock, Vol. 7-9: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Greatest Hits [ZYX] ZYX / ZYX Music 2:38
No Image 2:44
Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame, Vol. 10: Game Of Love
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
No Image SNS
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