2/9/14 – The Herd – From The Underworld – 1967

The Herd 1967 PicThe Herd were essentially a Pop group with cabaret tendencies that formed in 1965 – pre-Psychedelia, but after three failed singles on Parlophone they were dropped. They left their manager and signed on with professional writers/producers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley who had written hits for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.They signed to Fontana and with their new collaborators released I Can Fly in 1967. It didn’t chart but their second single From The Underworld sung by a teenage Peter Frampton and based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice became a No.6 hit in the UK. (No.3 in The Netherlands). Not the normal subject for a teenage Pop group and neither was their next single Paradise Lost after Milton’s poem reaching No.15 in 1968. Their biggest hit, I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die went to No.5. later in the same year.

Line up changes had been prevalent from the start but through all the upheaval they had managed to appeal to the teen market and Peter Frampton was voted the face of 1968 by teen magazine Rave. Tired of the teen idol staus Frampton left The Herd and formed Humble Pie with Steve Marriott from The Small Faces. Keyboard player Andy Bown formed Judas Jump and eventually joined Status Quo. Drummer Andrew Steele died in 2005. For information on all the members, see wikipedia link below.






In the video the line up is Peter Frampton, Lead Vocals and Guitar, Andy Bown, Organ, Gary Taylor, Bass, Andrew Steele, Drums.

Notice in the video the familiar face of Francoise Hardy who must have been on the same show, but who is that familiar face sitting next to her?