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TAMRA WILSON is the author of Dining With Robert Redford, a story collection, and the co-editor of IDOL TALK, a new collection of women writers on Teen Idols.  A list of forthcoming readings and events featuring Tamra and IDOL TALK follows this blog post, which is reprinted from with permission from the author.  Rock on, IDOL TALK!

Idol Talk sheds light on pop star crushes by Tamra Wilson

Out now from McFarlandBooks

Ladies, if you’re like me, you had a teen idol. Yes, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that any of us “mature adults” once dreamed of meeting Elvis, dancing with Paul McCartney or breathing the same air as Bobby Sherman.

My idol (surprise!) was Peter Noone, Herman of Herman’s Hermits, the group that gave us such ear worms as “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the Eighth, I Am” and “I’m Into Something Good.”   The Hermits’ bouncy, upbeat tunes had MGM Records whistling all the way to the bank. Herman and the lads outsold the Beatles in 1965. All said, Herman’s Hermits scored 10 Top Tens, 20 Top Twenties as one of the top three bands of the British Invasion with more than 60 million records sold worldwide.

Tammy and her idol, Peter Noone (aka, Herman of Herman’s Hermits)

In the fall of 1968, when I entered high school, Peter had the audacity to get married. There was no warning, just an announcement of the nuptials from London. I gave Herman’s Hermits the heave ho, though I kept the albums and posters. After all, you never know when you might need such stuff.

“When” came in 2013, the evening Herman’s Hermits came to J. E. Broyhill Civic Center. After the band rocked the house, I got in line and had Peter sign several of those old albums, which he politely did as I stood by like a giddy 13-year-old.

Later, I emailed my writer friend, Elizabeth Searle, telling her that it really was possible to become a teen-ager again. She understood because we have this thing about celebrities. I’d already written a book, Dining with Robert Redford, and she had penned the script for Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. (more…)

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