Monday, 31 December 2018

The Honeycombs: Have I the Right?




Published on Jan 13, 2016 by petrusbreda
YouTube: 1964 The Honeycombs - Have i the right

Have I the right to hold you?
You know I've always told you
That we must never ever part
Oh ooh ooh oh

Have I the right to kiss you?
You know I'll always miss you
I've loved you from the very start

Come right back I just can't bear it
I've got this love and I long to share it
Come right back I'll show my love is strong
Oh yeah

Have I the right to touch you?
If I could, you'd see how much you
Send those shivers running down my spine
Ooh ooh ooh oh

Have I the right to thrill you?
You know I'll wait until you
Give me the right to make you mine

Well, Come right back I just can't bear it
I've got this love and I long to share it
Come right back I'll show my love is strong
Oh yeah
All right!


References

Wikipedia: Have I the Right?
"Have I the Right?" was the d├ębut single and biggest hit of British band The Honeycombs. It was composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.

Chart success
"Have I the Right?" was presented by [record producer Joe] Meek to several major labels, who turned it down. It was released in June 1964 on the Pye record label (Pye 7N 15664). Louis Benjamin (1922–1994), Pye’s later chairman, rechristened the group The Honeycombs, a pun on the drummer’s name and her job as a hairdresser's assistant. The single’s sales started slowly, but by the end of July the record started to climb in the UK Singles Chart. At the end of August the record reached No. 1. Outside the UK "Have I the Right?" was a big success too. The song became #1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden. In the US the record reached #5 and in the Netherlands #2. "Have I the Right?" sold worldwide about two million copies within a year.


Wikipedia: The Honeycombs
The Honeycombs were an English beat/pop group, founded in 1963 in North London, best known for their chart-topping 1964 hit, the million selling "Have I the Right?" The band was also notable for having Honey Lantree on drums, one of the few female drummers in bands at that time.

The Honeycombs in Rotterdam, 1964.
Left to right: John Lantree, Martin Murray, Honey Lantree, Denis D'Ell and Alan Ward.

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