Lord Rockingham's XI

Lord Rockingham's XI was a group of British session musicians, led by Harry Robinson (1932–1996), who had a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1958 with "Hoots Mon".[1][7][8]

Lord Rockingham's XI
Lord Rockingham's XI
Background information
Years active1958 (1958)–1959 (1959)
Past membersHarry Robinson[1]
Benny Green[2]
Cherry Wainer[3]
Don Storer[4]
Reg Weller[4]
Red Price[4]
Rex Morris[4]
Cyril Reubens[4]
Ronnie Black[4]
Bernie Taylor[4]
Eric Ford[4]
Kenny Packwood[5]
Ian Fraser[6]

The group was created to perform as the resident band on the pop TV programme Oh Boy!, which was produced by Jack Good,[9] and shown nationally on Britain's ITV network during 1958/59. They were fronted by Harry Robinson and also included jazz baritone saxophonist (later writer/broadcaster) Benny Green, and organist Cherry Wainer. Other members were Wainer's husband Don Storer (drums), Reg Weller (percussion), Red Price (tenor sax), Rex Morris (tenor sax), Cyril Reubens (baritone sax), Ronnie Black (double bass), Bernie Taylor (guitar), Eric Ford (guitar). Joining the group later were Kenny Packwood (guitar) and Ian Fraser (piano).

In addition to backing singers such as Marty Wilde and Cuddly Dudley, they recorded several novelty rock instrumentals for Decca Records, the first being "Fried Onions", which failed to chart in the UK but did slip into the US Billboard charts for a week at No. 96. The second single, Robinson's "Hoots Mon", a rocked-up version of the traditional Scottish song "A Hundred Pipers", featuring cod Scotticisms like "Hoots mon, there's a moose loose aboot this hoose!", rose up the charts supported by weekly TV exposure, and stayed at number one for three weeks. They played "Long John" among others.

Following a legal case brought by descendants of the real Lord Rockingham, which was settled out of court, the group toured and made several less successful follow-ups, including "Wee Tom" (#16, 1959).[7] They disbanded with the end of the TV show in 1959, although the name was revived for a couple of albums in the 1960s. Harry Robinson's career in TV and music continued, one notable credit being for his string arrangement on Nick Drake's track "River Man".

"Fried Onions" was used in a television advertisement for Options indulgence chocolate drink, first shown on UK TV in December 2011.

Cherry Wainer died in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 14, 2014, at the age of 79.[3]

See also


  1. Patterson, Sylvia (19 June 2018). "We like a party!' – why is Scottish pop so potent?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. Rockin Dave (15 November 2016). The Rocky Road: Autobiography By Mr Boogie Woogie. BookBaby. ASIN B01N3SQANF.
  3. "Cherry Wainer – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. Mawer, Sharon. Lord Rockingham's XI - Biography at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. "Lord Rockingham's XI - Oh Boy!". ohboy.org.uk. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. Sykes, Alastair; Day, Mary (7 Dec 2014). "Ian Fraser obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 231. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. Ewing, Tom (31 May 2012). "The best No 1 records: Lord Rockingham's XI – Hoots Mon". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  9. Williams, Richard (29 Sep 2017). "Jack Good obituary - Music pioneer who led a revolution in television coverage of pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
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