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|ELVIS MEETS WITH HERMAN'S HERMITS
Peter Noone talked to Elvis on the set of Paradise, Hawaiian Style
July 31, 2015 / Various
With more than 50 years in the music industry Barry Whitwam of "Herman's Hermits" fame has plenty of stories to tell and there's no doubt that he's really lived the rock and roll
Along the way he met The King, Elvis Presley, got blown up by Keith Moon from The Who and remembers the band getting a $25,000 dollar hotel bill after trashing it with birthday
Even after all these years Herman's Hermits still have a great fan base all around the world, performing more than 160 shows each year and to date they've sold more than 75
The band were in and out the charts many times in the 60s with hits such as 'I'm into Something Good' and 'Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter'.
At their peak, the band were playing alongside and meeting music legends including Elvis.
"It all came about in the summer of 1965. Herman's Hermits had just finished a big tour of America in Hawaii at the Coliseum and we were booked to fly home the
next day, but that night after the last show we got a telephone call from Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis. He said that Elvis Presley would like to meet Herman's Hermits on
his film set the next day. I and Peter were delighted to be invited and we managed to change our tickets home for a flight 24 hours later.
Elvis was filming Paradise Hawaiian Style and we were to meet him on the film set."
When Barry (photo, far right) and Peter arrived Elvis was nowhere to be seen as the music legend had gone for a ride on his motorbike.
Before long they heard a roar and saw a sight they'd remember forever.
"There were about 15 Harley Davidson bikes coming towards us in a the shape of a V and Elvis was in the centre. It was certainly an entrance. I was very nervous as I didn't know
what to expect, but he was a very warm person and a gentleman and we got on really well. He got off the bike and not a hair on his head moved. We found out later that Elvis had
bought each of his friends their motorbikes. He was such a generous person.
As Elvis approached us I was spell bound, it was as if God had come down from heaven. Altogether we had about two hours with Elvis and talked about our tour of America.
"He knew we had millions of fans there, but I don't think he really understood why, Elvis seemed to want to know what our secret was - how five young lads from Manchester could
make such a big impact around the world."
Now a days life on the road is a lot calmer and the band is still going strong. "We visit some great places and still love what we do," said Barry.
EIN note: This story of meeting Elvis is regularly used to publicise their new tours. Marty Lacker who was there sent EIN these relevant points about the meeting and the quotes
"Let's set the record straight. They called Colonel wanting to meet Elvis, not the other way 'round.
Secondly, we did not ride motorcycles in Hawaii we used cars, we were already on the set when Herman and The Hermits showed up."