Loving doesn't always have to be between people. Sometimes it's between a person and a country . . . like in Herman's case. Pete Noone can't get enough of the U.S. and America feels the same about Pete. His big success is over here . . . not in England.
Does this bother Pete? "Not at all," he maintains. "I'm so happy with the way America likes us. I don't worry too much about how our records go over in England, but we always like to hit the top 20 when we've got a good side, I'm sure everyone will like it."
But about America, Peter is enthusiastic. "I love it. I'd like to live here six months out of the year. Of course, there's never any place quite like home. I like me mum's cooking and all that and she still takes care of all my clothes for me."
Other English stars feel the same way about America. The Rolling Stones would like to be semi-permanent residents of Los Angeles. "We like the weather there," states Mick, "and besides that's where we do all our recordings. It would make good sense to have homes there."
Unlike Herman who's made it so big in the United States, The Walker Brothers had to go to England to become famous, and now they don't really want to give up their adopted country. They think England's fabulous. They have not reached the success in America through their recordings that they have in England. Over there, girls will do anything to get at a Walker Brother. In the United States, their popularity is only average.
P.J. Proby also had to go to England to become a big hit. He's an American who's never quite made it over here. Perhaps this summer, things will change.
The English boom will have to stop sometime say the critics, but it doesn't really look that way now. At press time, there were 11 big hits in the top 100. The Beatles, Stones, DC5, Yardbirds, Spencer Davis Group, Peter and Gordon, and Herman's Hermits all were well represented.
This summer, The Stones, Beatles, and Herman will all be touring the United States and it's a safe bet that their concerts will all be sellouts. This doesn't look as though the British boom is fading in any way.
Though the British influenced the change in music initially, via the Beatles, once America got on the ball, the U.S. added greatly to the continuing success of the British sound. TV shows like Ed Sullivan and Hullabaloo put over the British acts to the American people. The now cancelled 'Shindig' also did it's share to introduce English groups to Americans who never before had heard of these acts.
Once over here, British acts learned that Americans were anxious to support them and buy their records. They also learned that there were some fine American artists who could help make the British even more successful. Why else have the Stones decided to do all of their recording here?
But one thing's for sure. There is lots of room in the world for both American and British stars. Each country has it's fab artists and there shouldn't be any resentment between the two. Naturally, everyone agrees it's the Beatles who have done more to influence music than any other group. If they don't need to record in the U.S., then it's surprising other English groups insist on this practice, but at any rate, it's a good thing for everyone.
Britain and America both, have much to give the music world, so from whatever shore the fab sounds come from, we'll all be happy to hear them.