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The Honeycombs

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London, England (1963 – 1967, 1991 – 1999, 2004 – present)

The Honeycombs were a group which formed in 1963 in London, England. The band’s original lineup consisted of Denis D’Ell (vocals, harmonica), Martin Murray (guitar), Alan Ward (guitar), John Lantree (bass) and Ann “Honey” Lantree (drums, vocals).

One night the group, known then as The Sheratons, was playing in a London pub, The Mildmay Tavern in the Balls Pond Road. In the audience were Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley, a very prolific British songwriting team, who later wrote hits for such artists as Lulu, Elvis Presley, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich and Petula Clark. Howard and Blaikley, then working in production for BBC TV, liked what they saw and suggested the band might like to hear some of their material. The band had an upcoming audition with legendary indie producer Joe Meek who most notably had produced The Tornados, and composed their number one hit “Telstar” in 1962 and were eager for some new material. At the audition in Meek’s studio in Holloway Road, they played Howard and Blaikley’s “Have I the Right?” which Meek immediately recorded. The Sheratons were renamed The Honeycombs and were signed to the Pye record label. After proving a ‘sleeper’ for seven weeks the record took off in the summer of 1964 reaching the number one spot around the world and selling over 2 million records. It was Meek’s final hit in America, where it was issued on the Interphon label. The Honeycombs were managed by Howard and Blaikley who went on to write more successes for them.

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  • FadingMind

    Heard "Have I the Right" in the middle of a Walgreens pharmacy, now I'm in love with it. It's not the type of song I expected to hear in between "Teenagers in Love" and "I Will Follow Him". It's a legitimately frightening song.

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • njjackson89

    one of the most underrated bands ever?

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I like this one of my favourites from the wonderful Sixties

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • awffle

    lol @ anarcharnate

    1 Apr 2008 Reply
  • anarcharnate

    Have I The Right is the single scariest tune i've heard in ages... the mix of slightly dissonant guitar, the little growl at the beginning of the chorus and the lyrics come together to make a tune that deserves a short film piece on shaky mobile-phone camera about a girl being chased into a syringe filled back alley and raped.

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Magic_Alex

    Ace

    9 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Legioona

    brilliant

    30 Jul 2007 Reply