♫ Have I The Right? ♫

I’ve been working through the list I mentioned last week of hits from the 60s.  I find that many of them I have already played, but for tonight I found one I haven’t yet played.  In truth, my mood being on the sour side tonight, I very nearly re-duxed Terry Jacks’ Seasons in the Sun, which more nearly reflects my state of mind at this moment.  But, why should I impose my own sour state on my friends, eh?  So, I went with something more cheery, though under my breath I am still humming “Goodbye to you my trusted friend, We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten …”

The Honeycombs were a London band with a female drummer (Honey Lantree) who worked in a hairdressing salon… hence the band’s name. They were previously known as the Sherabos.  This was written by the London songwriting team of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley. They also wrote songs for Lulu, Elvis Presley, The Herd (Peter Frampton’s group), Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdinck and many others.

Have I the Right? was presented by record producer Joe Meek to several major labels, who turned it down. It was released in June 1964 on the Pye record label. Louis Benjamin, Pye’s later chairman, rechristened the group The Honeycombs, a pun on the drummer’s name and her job as a hairdresser’s assistant (over on this side of the pond, we called it the “beehive” hairdo). The single’s sales started slowly, but by the end of July the record started to climb in the UK Singles Chart. At the end of August the record reached No. 1. Outside the UK Have I the Right? was a big success too. The song became #1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden. In the US the record reached #5 and in the Netherlands #2. Have I the Right? sold worldwide about two million copies within a year.

This is pretty typical 60s rock and roll, but … is that really such a bad thing?

Have I the Right?
The Honeycombs

Have I the right to hold you
You know I’ve always told you
That we must never ever part, oh oh oh oh

Have I the right to kiss you
You know I’ll always miss you
I’ve loved you from the very start

Come right back I just can’t bear it
I’ve got this love and I long to share it
Come right back I’ll show my love is strong, oh yeah

Have I the right to touch you
If I could you’d see how much you
Send those shivers running down my spine, ooh ooh

Have I the right to thrill you
You know I’ll wait until you
Give me the right to make you mine

Well, come right back I just can’t bear it
I’ve got this love and I long to share it
Come right back, I’ll show my love is strong, oh yeah, all right

Have I the right to hold you
You know I’ve always told you
That we must never ever part, no, no no, no, no

Have I the right to kiss you
You know I’ll always miss you
I’ve loved you from the very start

Come right back I just can’t bear it
I’ve got this love and I long to share it
Come right back I’ll show my love is strong, oh yeah, yeah

Come right back I just can’t bear it
I’ve got this love and I long to share it
Come right back right back where you belong, oh yeah
You belong, oh yeah, you belong

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Blaikley / Kenneth Howard
Have I the Right lyrics © Music Sales Corporation

20 thoughts on “♫ Have I The Right? ♫

  1. This song brings to mind the doubled-sided hit single by the Searchers, Needles and Pins/Love Potion #9. There was such great mysic in those days, but I’m biased. Except Seasons in the Sun by Canadian Terry Jacks of The Poppy Family. That one I cannot stand even today.

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  2. I listen to tons of 50s and 60s lately on accuradio dot com or net, which is free and has lots of old-style radio stations. It is fun to dance to. They show each album cover at the bottom of the page too, so we all get to see how spiffed-up they looked–

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