Formed in north London, England, in November 1963, the Honeycombs were originally known as the Sherabons and comprised Denis Dell (Denis Dalziel, 10 October 1943, London, England, d. 6 July 2005; vocals), Anne Honey Lantree (b. 28 August 1943, Hayes, Middlesex, England; drums), John Lantree (b. 20 August 1940, Newbury, Berkshire, England; bass), Alan Ward (b. 12 December 1945, Nottingham, England; lead guitar) and Martin Murray (rhythm guitar), later replaced by Peter Pye (b. 12 July 1946, London, England). Producer Joe Meek had selected one of their songs as a possible single and the bands chances were enhanced following a management agreement with Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. Although several record companies passed on the quintets debut, Have I The Right, Pye Records managing director Louis Benjamin agreed to release the disc. First, however, there was the obligatory name change, with Benjamin selecting Honeycombs after a track by Jimmie Rodgers. The fact that the focus of attention in the band was the red-haired female drummer Honey made the renaming even more appropriate. When Have I The Right hit number 1 in the UK in the summer of 1964, the bands pop star future seemed assured. However, a dramatic flop with the follow-up Is It Because caused concern, and although Howard and Blaikley came to the rescue with Thats The Way, the Honeycombs faltered amid line-up changes and poor morale, before moving inexorably towards cabaret and the revivalist circuit.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.