Peter Noone

By the end of the 1960’s, Herman’s Hermits had more or less split up, but they released a single as ‘Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits‘ in 1970 called “Lady Barbara” which reached No. 13 on the U.K. charts.

Some months later, Mickie Most suggested Peter Noone record an unreleased new David Bowie composition, “Oh! You Pretty Things“:

The single featured David Bowie* on piano and it gave Peter Noone a U.K. No. 12 hit in June 1971.

Follow up singles “Walnut Whirl” and “Should I” also failed to chart.

Lynsey de Paul / Barry Green co-wrote “Sugar Me” as Peter Noone’s next single.  Dudley Moore, who was Lynsey’s boyfriend at the time, suggested instead that she take the demo to manager Gordon Mills to launch her own career.   With no follow-up Peter’s career stalled.

Meanwhile, by 1974, Lynsey de Paul had become the first woman to win an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting – both 10cc and Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice also won awards at that year’s prize giving.

*In Dec ’71, David Bowie released his take of “Oh You Pretty Things” for the Hunky Dory album, one of Time Magazines top 100 albums.