Herman's Hermits

Can't You Hear My Heartbeat

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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 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.

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 2:18
Greatest Hits [Crystal] 1980 Crystal Records Dist.
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [Music for Pleasure 1984] 1980 Music for Pleasure
Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter [Compilation] 1994 Repertoire 2:15
Original Hits 1995 Disky 2:15
The Best of the EMI Years, Vol. 1: 1964-1966 1998 EMI Music Distribution 2:15
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:20
The Best of British Pop 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:11
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 2:17
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI Music Distribution 0:00
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMD Int'l 2:17
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:17
No Image 2:29
Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 18: Hold on (I'm Coming)
Various Artists
Legacy 2:16
No Image SNS