Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter

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"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"
Single by Herman's Hermits
from the album Herman's Hermits
Released April 1965
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Beat, pop
Length 2:45
Label MGM Records
Writer(s) Trevor Peacock
Producer(s) Mickie Most
Herman's Hermits singles chronology
"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"
"Wonderful World"

"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" is a popular song written by British singer-songwriter Trevor Peacock.[1] It was originally sung by actor Tom Courtenay in The Lads, a British TV play of 1963 and released as a single on UK Decca F 11729.

The best-known version of the song is by Herman's Hermits, who took it to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May 1965, and #1 in Canada the month before. Herman's Hermits had two US 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 US. 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".

Covered by Nellie McKay on her 2015 album My Weekly Reader.


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter – Herman's Hermits: Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04.
Preceded by
"Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
1 May 1965
(three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles