Barry Whitwam & Dave Clarke

Interviews from 7th July include Barry Whitwam of Herman’s Hermits, along with Dave Clarke of Kast Off Kinks live in the studio.

Herman’s Hermits are an English beat band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as Herman & The Hermits. The group’s record producer, Mickie Most (who controlled the band’s output), emphasized a simple, non-threatening, clean-cut image, although the band originally played R&B numbers. This helped Herman’s Hermits become hugely successful in the mid-1960s.  Whitwam is the only continuous member of the band and continues to tour with Herman’s Hermits joined by new musicians. As of December 2011, these included Geoff Foot, who has been associated with the band since Noone’s departure, as lead singer and bass guitarist, Kevan Lingard on keyboards and vocals, and Simon Van Downham on guitar.

Dave Clarke started playing piano at the age of 4 and guitar at 9. His first record in 1963 (at the age of 15) was produced by Luigi Creatore at New York’s Roulette Records. He has been lead singer and lead guitarist with The Kast Off Kinks since 1994.  The Kast Off Kinks are a band composed of members formerly in the band The Kinks. They mostly tour Europe and attend reunions for fans and for charity, such as the Leukemia Research Fund.

Barry Whitwam of Hermans Hermits

Dave Clarke of Kast Off Kinks (Live in the Studio)