Herman's Hermits

Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter

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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 Music Distribution 2:47
No Image 1965 MGM 2:46
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
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
Sixties Generation: 1965 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Retro Music 2:43
3 for 3: Herman's Hermits, The Searchers & Tommy Roe 1997 St. Clair / 3 for 3 2:39
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 Music Distribution 2:49
I'm into Something Good [Mastertone] 1998 Mastertone 2:42
The Best of British Pop 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 2:36
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 Disky 2:47
That Was Then, This Is Now 2000 Tug Boat International 3:07
Sixties Generation: 1964-1965 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 2:43
Golden Legends 2000 Direct Source 2:38
Rock 'n' Roll Memories 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
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 Records 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 Music Distribution 2:48
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
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
#1 Pop Hits of the 60s & 70s [Red] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
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
Sixties Rock 2004
Various Artists
Passport Audio
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
The Very Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2005 EMI Music Distribution 2:46
Complete Hits 2006 EMI Music Distribution 2:46
The Best of Herman's Hermits [EMI] 2008 EMD Int'l 2:48
Into Something Good: The Mickie Most Years 1964-72 2008 EMI Music Distribution / EMD Int'l 2:48
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
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:50
Global Rock, Vol. 7-9: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
No Image 2:44
Lost and Found: 1962-1969
Various Artists
EMI
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:49
No Image SNS