Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits


About a year ago, "Leaning on the Lamp Post" by Herman's Hermits came on my car radio. I had always wondered why lead singer Peter Noone began laughing about halfway through the song.

So I went to the band's web site and clicked on "Ask Herman." A day later, Noone emailed back with, "I forgot the words." But the producer liked that take of the song and released it to the world, giggles and all. In 1966, it reached Number 9 on the U.S. Hot 100.