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Posted 03 March 2017 - 02:33 AM

The Honeycombs were a British-invasion era band and reached Nº 5 on the US charts in 1964 with the song "Have I the Right"

The unique about this band, was that it had a female drummer. Anne Margot Lantree, better known as Honey Lantree, was notable as one of the few female drummers to come out of the British Invasion. Additionally, as a member -- and eventually the featured member -- of the Honeycombs, she was probably the best known woman drummer in rock & roll of the 1960s, at least in England. Honey Lantree was not just a visual novelty; she actually could play well, and wasn't a bad singer when called upon in that capacity. The fact that she looked great also helped the band's fortunes immeasurably, and her visual attributes were no accident, either, with her then-fashionable beehive hairdo. She was working in a London hair salon managed by Martin Murray when the latter decided in 1963 to form a rock & roll group: The Honeycombs. Lantree was, by some accounts, one of the inspirations for a young Karen Carpenter to take up the drums, but that was as far as her influence seemingly went.



The band was performing around the club scene when songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley heard them and arranged a meeting with producer Joe Meek. Howard and Blaikley composed "Have I the Right" and also began managing the group. Joe Meek used unusual microphone techniques such as recording the band stomping their feet and speeding up the final mix. Their debut single, "Have I the Right", fared well on the charts in several countries. Honey's brother, John, was also one of the forming members of the original five-piece band. They released follow-up singles that failed to equal the success of "Have I the Right" and split up in 1966.


The band has occasionally reformed, with Honey being a constant member. See her in this video from 2014; you can listen her Drum Solo at 7.06 mins.

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