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.
The single featured David Bowie* on piano and gave Peter Noone a U.K. No. 12 hit in June 1971 providing David Bowie’s second appearance on Top of the Pops whose producers at the time were required by the Musicians Union to feature only the original players from the recording on the TV footage. So, on 27 May ’71, Peter Noone appeared on Top of the Pops to promote his new single, with David Bowie* guesting on piano prettily fitted out in a dress and a hat with decorative flowers – here.
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.
** Lyn[d]sey [Rubin] explained to Spencer Leigh how she came to record this song: “We wrote ‘Sugar Me’ for Peter Noone but [manager] Gordon Mills heard my demo and thought it would be a good single for me. There had been the massacre at Munich Olympics and I was told it would be better not to have a Jewish name. I took De from my mother’s maiden name, De Groot, and my father’s middle name was Paul.”
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