was a wee session with two of the original members and their sound
man. Sorry, no Peter Noon. They were working on some new songs,
one of which, “The Blue Bird Café,” about the
famous place in New Orleans, has been stuck in my head for over
ten years now. It was really good. I don’t think it ever saw
the light of day, but we had a nice time working on it.
they rented an upright piano for the session for the bar hall kind
of vibe, but couldn’t get the tuning quite right. Too in tune,
sounded not honky tonk enough, but too far out was bad, too.
them where the name came from. They told me that when the band first
got together in the 60’s, they’d rehearse, then go to
the pub for some beers. On one such visit, this new animated TV
show called “Bullwinkle” was on the tele over the bar
and it was showing the “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” segment.
Apparently, one member of the band was a dead ringer for “Sherman”
on the tele. This guy was also a bit of an introvert.
guitar player yelled across the noisy bar to the bartender, “Who’s
that on the tele?”
guy looked up and said, “Ay, that’s Sherman.”
guitar player, who could not hear too well over the din of the room,
replied, “Herman?” So because of the loss of data, the
guy was dubbed “Herman the Bloody Hermit.” That later
evolved to the band being named “Herman and the Bloody Hermit’s,”
which later got pared down to “Herman’s Hermits.”