The Tremeloes

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Eligible since: 1987 (The 1988 Induction Ceremony)

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Will The Tremeloes be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


42 comments so far (post your own)

I didn't realize there was a page for The Tremeloes. Can't believe nobody has mentioned the infamous Decca decision?

Ah well, I love the Tremeloes personally, particularly "Here Comes My Baby" for some reason. "Silence is Golden" is perhaps their best known though, I believe it was a cover of an old obscure Four Seasons song

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 06.19.10 @ 04:45am

Yeah, Silence Is Golden is a cover of a Four Seasons B-Side... It was originally the B-Side to "Rag Doll" I believe.

As for the Tremeloes, the songs that were hits were wonderful. The ones that weren't... there was a good reason they weren't. Their rendition of Alley-Oop is just downright embarrassing.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 06.19.10 @ 08:04am

it was an incredible group, doing good songs played all over the world, with a lovely singer : Chip Hawks. Is voice is still amazing on his new album, and he still perform 40 years after his great hits!!
Who is doing the same ?

Posted by Delsaux on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 10:38am


Posted by JOESNAN on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 10:53am

Why aren't the Tremeloes in the hall of fame??
They must have been the best group to come out of the 60s. I saw them not long ago with Rick Westwood, Dave Munden and Chip Hawkes. They were superb. I've also seen Chip Hawkes on tour with other bands and he is brilliant.

Posted by BobbyBoo on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 11:07am

yes the tremeloes should be in the rock and roll hall of fame they are a great group to listen to

Posted by shelley busby on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 11:49am

The Tremeloes were what I call a 'feelgood' band, with their own unique sound, and a party atmosphere about their records. Yes, they definitely should be included in The Hall of Fame

Posted by Pete Perry on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 12:59pm

definately should be included on the hall of fame they were an outstanding band and still rockin on .....

Posted by mands44 on Monday, 06.21.10 @ 14:18pm

I'm quite sure it will be fantastic to see The Tremeloes/Trems inducted because of their songs.
Call me number 1 my little lady...
Still the best, Chip.

Posted by Stephan on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 10:06am

Once fantastic, still fantastic! Chip Hawkes is still writing and singing brilliant songs. A real "legend".

Posted by Jeanna on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 14:43pm

The Tremeloes deserve to be placed in the Music Hall of Fame. They are pure legends. Their music inspired many people in their era. Still pleasing their fans today. A fantastic band.

Posted by BILLY SHEARS on Tuesday, 06.22.10 @ 17:41pm

totally agree the Trems should be in the Hall of rock and roll fame I was lucky enough to see them perform with Brian Poole together first time in 40 years fantastic night even had photo taken with Chip Silence is golden my all time favourite sounded brilliant.

Posted by maggie on Wednesday, 06.23.10 @ 15:21pm

The Trems should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. They were fantastic, are fantastic and will always be fantastic. One of the best groups ever. Chip is absolutely brilliant. He can perform solo or with any band and his voice is very versatile. I cant wait to see Brian Poole and Chip together on the Me & My Life Tour. I think it will be a fantastic evening. Chip always makes time to speak to all his fans. I love him to bits.

Posted by Marilyn on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 08:56am

Less than a year that I follow, thanks to my Mom. The Tremeloes are the best band of the '60s. Must be in the Hall of Fame. Chip is a big ... I love that handsome man ...

Posted by Patri on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 19:18pm

You've got to be kidding!!! The "best band of the 60's"??? Ever hear of the Beatles. Reallydumb statements on this page. the only song i can even remember by them is something called "Silence Is Golden"...which really wasn't so hot.

Not just no...but "HELL NO!!!!!"

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 19:30pm

Not just no...but "HELL NO!!!!!"

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 06.30.10 @ 19:30pm

Don't you think you're being a little harsh there, Gitarzan, I would save "HELL NO" comments for pages like Olivia Newton-John, Samantha Fox, Steve Perry, Peter Cetera or Leif Garrett LOL

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 06:08am ever listen to the Tremeloes...UGH!!! Another song of theirs, "Here Comes My Baby" popped into my head and I may drown myself to get it out of my head!!! I have more colorful metaphors for the others you mentioned, but if I said them karenjames would have me arrested, because, as you know, we're being watched...

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 06:14am

We have established the fact the song is in my head...GEEZ!!! I've got a redundancy issue goin' on here lately...!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 06:16am

LOL I actually don't mind "Here Comes My Baby" although I can see why you would find it annoying, I'm actually not overly familiar with much of the Tremeloes catalogue but let's just say if silence is so golden then it would have been better putting the song on mute

The whole karenjames thing on the Skid Row page is just such a big mess I don't even know where to begin, and I thought the Coven page was bad!

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 06:25am

Don't you think you're being a little harsh there, Gitarzan, I would save "HELL NO" comments for pages like Olivia Newton-John, Samantha Fox, Steve Perry, Peter Cetera or Leif Garrett LOL

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 06:08am

Don't YOU think YOU'RE being a little harsh on Olivia there, Tahvo. You're perfectly free to despise the lady if that's what you choose, but to put Olivia Newton-John in the same Single-A league as those 1 hit slumbers Perry, Cetera and Garrett is just plain not reality.

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 11:47am

Fair enough, classickrocker, I humbly apologize. I was thinking of "Physical" more than anything else and hearing that song on the radio just a few minutes to posting probably had something to do with me mentioning her

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 11:50am

P.S. I also apologize for misspelling your name, I can assure you it was by accident

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 11:51am

Tahvo, it's all cool...some others here have expressed a similar psychological reaction to the song "Physical."

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 11:59am

Tahvo, it's all cool...some others here have expressed a similar psychological reaction to the song "Physical."

Posted by classicrocker on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 11:59am

Yeah to be honest, that's probably the only song of her's I would tend to have a negative reaction against

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 07.2.10 @ 12:01pm

The Tremeloes were for me (when Alan was alive) amazing. I saw them in a recital, when they came to Argentina more than 40 years ago and I stil enjoying their music, I can see their videos thanks to Internet and I can remember those wonderful years.

Posted by RIchard on Sunday, 07.18.10 @ 16:44pm

It is so nice to see the great comments about The Tremeloes. But also disgusted with the derogatory comments. If you muppets don't like them, then stay away from this site. And actually they are old friends of mine. Especially Chip. Great musicians and still performing songs that people can understand. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. But total abuse is a negative that should be shoved where the sun don't shine. If you have your own favourites, then vote for them. But keep your big gobs shut, and your abuse to yourself. Rock on The Tremeloes.

Posted by Billy Shears on Monday, 07.19.10 @ 09:06am

Tremeloes are fantastic, I cant remember them the first time round (not born) but I am enjoying them now!!!! Any fans wishing to come and join the Facebook page i have set up for their fans go to:!/pages/Tremeloes/107936402571766?ref=ts

Posted by Lisa on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 11:51am

I agree with Billy - if you don't have anything good to say, keep your mouths shut! The Trems are still great, so is Chip. My daughter came with me to a gig a couple of years ago which included the Tremeloes (she is 25)and was overwhelmed by Dave Mundon's voice and by 'Angel of the Morning'. Just shows the age range they appeal to - if you appreciate good music!

Posted by Jacky on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:35pm

Jacky, I'm not saying anything against the Tremeloes but this is a site dedicated to discussion, not censorship, telling people who disagree with your opinions to "keep their mouths shut" is pretty off-putting. At least for me. What kind of discussion would this be if everybody where to say "I love the Tremeloes" 50 times. Just look at the Falco page on this site.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:44pm

Kind of like the Billy you mentioned calling people who have expressed negative comments about the Tremeloes "muppets." Why does name calling always have to come into the picture?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:49pm

Yeah seriously. They had some good songs, but they had some that weren't so good. It's a part of every band. I LOVE the songs that were hits. Besides which, this is about whether or not a group belongs in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame... and liking (or even LOVING THEM TO DEATH!) is just not sufficient reason for induction.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 15:50pm

Sorry if I upset anyone with my comments - I'm just a firm believer in "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" - that applies to everything in life, not just opinions on bands - I agree we are all entitled to our opinions - and you probably wouldn't like some of mine - hence why they are kept to myself! And I really don't think I have descended to the depths of name calling...........

Posted by Jacky on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 16:03pm

The thing though, Jacky, is that discussing whether an artist has a serious chance, and coming to the opinion that they don't is NOT being mean. It's not a matter of having nothing nice to say. It's an intelligent discussion. If we were only to allow positive, shiny, happy comments, this place would be nothing more than a conglomerate fan site just cheering their favorite group on. That's not what this place is about. We're not trying to be mean, although I can understand how some might be upset by my saying their version of "Alley-Oop" is awful, but intelligent discussion usually requires divergent points of view.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 07.26.10 @ 18:46pm

I'm looking for who wrote the Spanish lyrics of The Trems' Yellow River released in 1970;
Spanish catno;
Spanish titlesong.
Thanks in advance and best wishes.

Posted by Stephan on Sunday, 08.8.10 @ 06:19am

Well , if you hear the song, " Angel in the morning, and when Dave does the cord change, towards the end of song, If THAT isnt top notch rock song. I cant stop playing it. I saw the Tremeloes at the "Yesturday Once More 60s WEEKEND.

Posted by Beryl Saunders on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 10:10am

I have been (and still am!) a Trems-fan since the beginnings of the 70s. For me, the Trems are more than a hit-group. If you hear the album "Master", "Shiner", "Don´t let the music die" and some more B-titels from the 70s and later recordings, you know what I mean.

Posted by Jürgen on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 04:29am

The Tremeloes probably SUFFER for two reasons....

1) They had the Audacity to BEAT The Beatles to the Decca contract in 1962 - neither Band or mike Smith's fault - The Tremeloes were a local band compared to The Fab Four in pre-motorway Decca would ONLY let Smith sign the one band....however The beatles Decca Audition tape shows John ultra nervous, Paul 'showing off', Pete Best a weak drummer (that day) and only George on good form...where as the Tremeloes were a far more 'polished' band even then...Alan Blaikley played keyboards, Dave munden was a top drummer etc...
in fact The Trems both with & without Brian Poole had British chart hits EVERY year The Beatles did...from 1963 to 1971 thus they proved to be a decent signing for both Decca & CBS.

2)The Second thing against them was a frustrated Alan Blaikley's comment slagging off their OWN Pop music fans - to the other three members horror !!
...when they sought a more 'Progressive' image later....

besides the odd ill advised comedy record ('Alley Oop')- probably no weaker than The Beatles 'All Together Now' (?) - the Trems DID make both alot of SUPERIOR Pop music with glorious harmonies & some innovative a harpsichord on 'All The World To Me', a guitar/sitar on their live version of 'Games People Play' and also some very powerful Rock flavoured tracks ('Runnin out','Try Me','Don't let the Music Die') & solid seventies albums like 'Shiner'

They used some unusual arrangements like furious Latin percussion on 'Helule Helule', C & W Pedal steel guitar on 'Hello Buddy' Trini Lopez style good time feel added to the SAD lament 'Here comes my Baby'....turning the song upside down...

The Trems were quick to spot strong NEW emerging songwriters....cutting Paul Simon's 'Blessed' ...and Cat Stevens 'Here Comes my Baby' in then unknown Gilbert O'Sullivan's songs: 'You' & 'Come on Home' in 1967....four years before Ray had his first hit himself..they even had a British hit with a moody brooding cover of Dylan's 'I Shall Be Released' in 1968..(the complete contrast to their lighter 'party' style sound of 'Baby' & 'Even The Bad Times Are Good' etc)

Alan Blaikley & Len 'Chip' Hawkes wrote many fine songs...mostly used as 'B' sides ('Jenny's Alright', 'All The World To me' etc) or album tracks...but 'Me And My Life' & 'Call me Number One' were decent self penned UK hits...

They put 'Jangling Rickenbackers' (They were topping the British charts in 1963 before The Byrds cut had a record) and glorious harmonies to The Four Seasons folky 'Silence is Golden' - Chip Hawkes on lead vocal, Rick West(wood) on soaring top the charts in 1967...

In Blaikley & Westwood they featured two fine lead guitarists...Hawkes a strong Bassist...Munden technically one of the strongest UK Drummers to come out of the British Beat Boom...

Hawkes ('Silence', 'Bad Times' 'My Little Lady'....)
Munden ('Here Come my Baby','Me & My Life'...)
Westwood ('Be Mine')

...or any combination of the three were strong Lead vocalists both on singles hits & album tracks & 'B' sides...

The band composed 'Instant Whip' saw their prowess as an instrumental band also...

Neither Decca or CBS really saw them as an Albums band however...not uncommon for many sixties outfits in Britain of the USA....but their mid sixties CBS sets: 'Here come The Tremeloes' & 'Alan, Chip, Rick & Dave' each had notable tracks....

'Shake Hands (Come out Crying)' was a terrific vocal excercise of harmonies/falsetto singer...singing independantly then together...a vital vocal lesson to any aspiring vocal group...

'Negotiations in Soho Square' likewise...put that line into a falsetto harmony song !

'I'm With You All The Way' was immaculatly sung...

Powerful renditions of 'I Take What I Want' & 'Cool Jerk' show them in a R & B / soulful vein..

'Suddenly Winter' was pure Psychedelic Pop...' with great backwards guitars...!

later early seventies singles like 'I Like it That Way', 'Ride on','Blue Suede tie' etc were still successful in Europe even if British success by then eluded them...

Later seventies tracks like: 'Windows Are Nice'saw a more avant garde style the band transformed often due to non musical reasons...

Rick Westwood sadly had bad hearing problems forcing him to stand down for a time -Bob Benham took over...

Alan Blaikley fought a long battle against Cancer that sadly took him from us later...

Len 'Chip' Hawkes later went solo....

The band continues however led by Dave Munden & Rick Westwood...still playing & entertaining folks

The classic line up were reunited in the early 80's & were unlucky to miss out with a splendid version of 'Words Don't Come Easy' sung by Hawkes...

The Tremeloes own post 1966 career their fine string of earlier UK hits with Brian Poole from 1963 to 1965 ('Twist & Shout', 'Do You Love Me'- a British no.1,'I Can Dance''Jimmy Brown Story','I Want Candy' & the superb 'Someone, Someone - British No.2)and a few decca albums & EP's....had a considerable influence on both vocalising & playing in the sixties...

The Beatles superb three part harmonies on John's 'Because' owes more than a little to the vocal style and delivery of The Tremeloes...

They made sixties distinctive popular crafted memorable hits as well as their famous contemporaries like The Hollies & Manfred Mann etc....and some very underrated decent listenable albums full of strong original and well spotted covers tracks too...

If some modern bands had HALF the abilities as bands such as the Tremeloes...vocally, instrumentally, and songwriting & picking covers wise...they would do well...!

Posted by Rob on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 12:17pm

Damn rob, that was long.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 15:36pm

olá Rob !
Gostei demais do seu comentário,era tudo o que eu queria saber,
Como é bom saber que existem pessoas inteligente e que tem um bom gosto como você.
Muito obrigada pelas as informações sobre Tremeloes.
Eu simplesmente amo esses caras.
Parabéns pelas sábias palavras !!!!
Ah !!! vou te contar um segredo!!!!
"sou apaixonada pelo Rick "

Posted by marlene teixeira on Thursday, 12.30.10 @ 19:37pm

Went to watch the trems in 1981 on holiday.i was 16 at the mum and dad took me to see them..they were amazing..vocally and musically,been to see them many times since.Always a fantastic performance..and any band from the sixties thats still giving fantastic performances and still banging it out live ,in my book deserves massive tremeloes,searchers etc..everybody is certainly intitled to there opnions,if they have actually been to watch the bands in concert,probably more than once and not just blinkered by one style of music they like..if thats the case ,comment on the bands ur interested in..

Posted by Darrell on Thursday, 06.13.13 @ 19:24pm

Im very sad to hear of Rick westwoods retirement. This band were a really happy bunch and as a player provided me with much inspiration in their heyday. The lead guitar of Rick was just at the right level and so were the harmonies. I saw them in the late 60s and a few years ago at Cromer in Norfolk when Chip made a brief return. I never wanted it to end and of course they still go on regardless. I wish them well

Posted by john hubbard on Monday, 07.22.13 @ 13:45pm

Great comments Rob!

Like Marlene said earlier, others appreciate the time you took to add all those telling tidbits. I too am a long time fan of The Trems. Wish I knew how to contact you to share more information.

Best regards from SoCal


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