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May 07, 2014

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Bring ‘Something Good’ to Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

Band is Marking the 50th Anniversary of First Single in America

On August 7, 1964, “I’m Into Something Good” began pouring out of AM radios all across America.  50 years later, the man who sung that song and many other chart-topping singles will remind fans of those early days of rock ‘n’ roll in a concert at Chevy Court during the Great New York State Fair.  Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will perform at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 25, Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Monday, August 25 is one of two Senior Days at the Fair.  Admission is free all day for senior citizens age 60 and above.

From that first single, Noone and the Hermits put together a string of 18 Top 40 hits.  They even sold more records than the Beatles did in 1965.  “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry VII, I Am,” “There’s a Kind of a Hush,” and many others established the band in the very top tier of British Invasion groups.

Ultimately, Herman's Hermits sold over sixty million recordings, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold and they were twice named Cashbox's "Entertainer of the Year". More recently, Noone had a recurring role as Paddington on the CBS daytime drama, As The World Turns.

“We are thrilled to help celebrate a half century of great music and we know our fairgoers will love it, too.  In a year when the Fair will provide an unprecedented number of new events and exhibits, it’s also important to provide entertainment that has stood the test of time,” said Troy Waffner, Acting State Fair Director.

Chevrolet sponsors the Chevy Court stage.  Acts previously announced for the Chevy Court stage include:

  • Chef Anne Burrell, at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27
  • John Kay and Steppenwolf, at 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 25
  • Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party, at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 26
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 29

In addition, tickets remain available for all acts on the State Fair Grandstand, including Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr; Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner; Train with The Wallflowers; and Journey with Cheap Trick.  Very few tickets remain for Jason Aldean’s concert, and the Fair has opened up seats with obstructed views for sale.  Tickets are available at the Fair’s official and only online sales agent, etix.com.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its 2014 theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. 

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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