"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"
is a popular song written by Trevor Peacock
. It was originally sung by actor Sir Tom Courtenay
in The Lads
, a British TV play of 1963.
The best-known version of the song is by Herman's Hermits
, who took it to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
in April 1965. Herman's Hermits had two U.S. number-ones, the other being "I'm Henry VIII, I Am
". The band never released them as singles in Britain. "Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" was recorded as an afterthought in two takes and featured unique muted rhythm guitar by Keith Hopwood
and heavily accented vocals by Peter Noone with backing from Karl Green and Keith Hopwood. The band never dreamed it would be a single let alone hit number one in the U.S. According to Noone the song was well known to British bands; it would often be performed at birthday parties, substituting the name of the girl whose party was being celebrated, i.e., "Mrs. Smith" or "Mrs. Jones" instead of "Mrs. Brown".Alvin and the Chipmunks
covered the song for their 1965 album Chipmunks à Go-Go
The song was released in Japan on Odeon records, a subsidiary of Toshiba, as OR-1272. It was backed by the song "Wonderful World". Read More