The Herd were an British pop rock group, founded in 1965, that came to prominence in the late 1960s. They launched the career of Peter Frampton and scored three UK top twenty hits.
The Herd were founded in 1965 in south London, England. The group recorded three unsuccessful singles with the record label Parlophone. In 1966 three members in succession (Terry Clark, Louis Cennamo and Mick Underwood) quit the Group and the group got the line-up that made it famous. The singer, Peter Frampton, was 16 when he joined the group in 1966 and had just left school. The other members were a few years older. Parlophone did not want to go on with them, but Fontana was willing to give them a try. They also sent their manager Billy Gaff away and brought in the songwriters/producers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley instead. This pair had been largely responsible for a string of hits by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.
Howard and Blaikley orchestrated for them a unique blend of pop and flower power. After a UK Singles Chart near-miss with “I Can Fly” (1967), the haunting “From the Underworld”, based on the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, reached Number 6 later that year with help from copious plays on pirate radio. It was a hit in other countries too. In the Netherlands the song reached Number 3. “From the Underworld” was followed by “Paradise Lost”, which made it up to Number 15 in 1968.
Their greatest success came with “I Don’t Want Our Loving to Die”, a Number 5 UK hit single (also in 1968).
The Herd appeared at The Saville Theatre, London on Sunday 8 October 1967 supporting The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Also on the bill were The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Eire Apparent.
With his boyish photogenic looks, Frampton was dubbed “The Face of ’68” by teen magazine Rave.
The last months of 1968 were tempestuous times for the group. Steele left the group, to be replaced by Henry Spinetti. The group dumped their managers Howard and Blaikley, and briefly found a new mentor in Harvey Lisberg who after three months found himself so bogged down with their personnel problems that he politely withdrew his services. Most songs on their first and only album Paradise Lost were written by Peter Frampton and Andy Bown, just like their next single, “Sunshine Cottage”.
Dissatisfied with mere teen idol status, and disappointed with the failure of “Sunshine Cottage”, Frampton left by the end of 1968 to form Humble Pie with Steve Marriott. The remaining members Bown, Spinetti and Taylor made another flop single, “The Game”, then minus Taylor, formed the short-lived Judas Jump with Allan Jones, saxophonist from Amen Corner, and Welsh vocalist Adrian Williams. Taylor, who became a disc jockey, and Steele, reunited briefly for a one-off single “You’ve Got Me Hangin’ From Your Lovin’ Tree” in June 1971, to almost universal lack of interest.
By the late 1970s, after a stint back with a pre-“Frampton Comes Alive!” Peter Frampton band from 1973-1975, Bown had become a member of UK rockers Status Quo and both Taylor and Spinetti had joined up with Gerry Rafferty’s band. (by wikipedia)
And this is their debut Album … a superb mix of Pop and psychedelic music … (listen to “From The Underworld” and “Paradise Lost” !)
Andy Bown (keyboards, vocals, bass)
Peter Frampton (guitar, vocals)
Andrew Steele (drums)
Gary Taylor (bass, vocals, guitar)
01. I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die (Blaikley) 2.59
02. Come On – Believe Me (Taylor) 2.51
03. Our Fairy Tale (Bown/Frampton) 2.40
04. On My Way Home (Bown/Frampton) 2.03
05. Goodbye Groovy (Blaikley) 2.46
06. From The Underworld (Blaikley) 3.16
07. Paradise Lost (Blaikley) 3.33
08. Sweet William (Bown/Frampton) 2.19
09. I Can Fly (Blaikley) 3.13
10. Understand Me (Warland/Bown) 2.30
During the Seventies I played the bass in a prog band called “Cold Fever” (organ – bass -drums) and we did a few gigs and someday we went in a Studio and did a prog version of “From The Underworld” – we mixed it with “Paradise Lost” …(still unreleased *smile*)
“Cold Fever” was led by my brother, who died in 2013 …
I would like to dedicate his entry to him !
Out of the land of shadows and
darkness, we were returning
Towards the morning light
Almost in reach of places I knew
Escaping the ghosts of Yesterday
You were behind me following
“Don’t turn around now”
I heard you whisper in my ear
“If you should turn now,
All that you won
Will vanish just like a passing dream.
Just on the very verge of the
morning, daylight was dawning,
freedom was but a step away
Now with the deep dark river
what could go wrong if I stayed
strong in mind.
What was the sudden lapse into
madness, what was the urge that
turned my head around to look at you?
What was the stubborn will
to destroy the love and the joy
I nearly held?
three times the thunder roared
in my ears
In all of my years I’ll see that lost
look in your eyes.
As, with a sigh like smoke in the wind
You slipped from my grasp into
the waiting shadows
so much I longed to say,
but my touch found only the
empty air and a black nights
lnto another world you entered
And never again I can reclaim you.