Herd (there never was a 'The' in their name) was an English pop group, that came to prominence in the late 1960s. They launched the career of Peter Frampton and scored three UK top twenty hits.
The record label Parlophone dropped them after several unsuccessful singles, and they subsequently signed to Fontana. Once there the songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who had been largely responsible for a string of hits by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, 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 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).
With his boyish photogenic looks, Frampton was dubbed "The Face of '68" by teen magazine Rave. Steele then left the group, to be replaced by Spinetti. Dissatisfied with mere teen idol status, and disappointed with the failure of their next single, "Sunshine Cottage", Frampton left to form Humble Pie with Steve Marriott.
The remaining Bown and Spinetti made another flop single, "The Game", then formed the short-lived Judas Jump with Mike Smith and Allen Jones, saxophonists from Amen Corner, and Welsh vocalist Adrian Williams. Taylor, who became a disc jockey, and Steele, reunited briefly for a one-off single "You Got Me Hangin' From Your Lovin' Tree" in June 1971, to almost universal lack of interest.
By the late 1970s, Bown had become a member of the UK rockers, Status Quo.
Before '70s superstardom, even before Humble Pie, Peter Frampton got his first taste of celebrity as a singer and guitarist in the Herd, who chalked up several hits in Britain in 1967 and 1968. Frampton was only 17 when the single "From the Underworld" went into the British Top Ten in late 1967; "Paradise Lost" and "I Don't Want Our Loving to Die" were hits for the group in the first half of 1968. The Herd's brand of mod was extremely commercial and good-timey- and pop-oriented, a bit like a muted and mainstream Small Faces. Much of their material (including all of the hits) was written by their management team of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, who had supplied songs for the Honeycombs (of "Have I the Right" fame).
Frampton and keyboardist Andy Bown wrote most of the band's original tunes, and one can presume that the limitations of the Herd's overtly pop approach (which sometimes encompassed MOR ballads and orchestrated arrangements) were a factor in his decision to leave for Humble Pie after the Herd had issued just one album and a few singles. After a few Frampton-less singles, the Herd scattered; Andy Bown released a few solo albums and has done session work with Frampton and Pink Floyd.
01. From the Underworld 02. On My Way Home 03. I Can Fly 04. Goodbye Groovy 05. Mixed Up Minos 06. Impression of Oliver 07. Paradise Lost 08. Sad 09. Something Strange 10. On Your Own 11. She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not 12. Fare Thee Well + 15 Bonus Tracks
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