Sunday, October 9, 2011
Honey Lantree stuck out like a sore thumb as the drummer of a great 60's English pop group called The Honeycombs. They had a few hits in the mid-60's and disbanded in 1966. Their biggest hit was Have I The Right:
They also recorded a German version of this song :-)
Honey was working as an assistant in her friend's salon. He taught her how to play the drums and about 6 months into practicing, he asked her to join his band, The Sheratons (who would later be known as The Honeycombs). Honey also sang backups on a few songs with Dennis D'Ell (can't seem to find these songs on the internet to share!)
Throughout the band's success, there was controversy over her drumming, and if she had really played on the recordings. Writers accused the band of being gimmicky because they had an attractive girl drumming. I mean, they are totally right. It's downright ludicrous to think that a girl can be attractive and also play an instrument!!! (end of sarcasm) Anywho, her drum kit was custom made by Carlton Drums, thankyouverymuch!
Their 4th single was written by Ray Davies of The Kinks - but I'm not sure if this song was written for The Honeycombs first? I personally like The Kinks version better:
After the band broke up, she attempted to start an all-girl band, but wasn't able to find enough female musicians to play with.