On this day in music history: August 7, 1965 -…

On this day in music history: August 7, 1965 – “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Fred Murray and R. P. Weston, it is the second US chart topper for the Manchester, UK based pop band fronted by lead singer Peter Noone. With their previous hit, the chart topping “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, having been written in the style of a British music hall song (though composed in 1963 by songwriter Trevor Peacock), for a follow up, the band search for a song from that era to record. Written in 1910, the song was the signature tune of Cockney comedian Harry Champion, a legendary figure in the British music hall of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. At the time of its release, it is the fastest selling single in US record history selling over a million units in its first three days of release. Entering the Hot 100 at #42 on July 3, 1965, it rockets the top the chart just five weeks later. In spite of its US chart success, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” is not a hit in the band’s native UK. The song is used as plot point in the 1990 film “Ghost” when Patrick Swayze sings it repeatedly to torment Whoopi Goldberg into helping him contact his girlfriend, played by Demi Moore. “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.