The Honeybus: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — August 25, 2022


562) The Honeybus — “Delighted to See You”

Another glorious track from the glorious Honeybus (see #6, 52, 207, 434). “Delighted to See You” was the band’s first A-side (’67). Bruce Eder says that “[t]heir debut single . . . sounded more like the Beatles than anything heard in British pop/rock since the Searchers had faded from view in early 1966.” ( LN says it is “as great a single as any they released” — which is a well-deserved compliment ( What is that at the into, a kazoo?

The song even predates Colin Hare joining the band. As Hare recalls:

Honeybus was formed by Pete Dello and Ray Cane 1967. Their first single ‘Delighted To See You’ was recorded with two session men Russ Ballard and Bobby Henrit. It wasn’t a hit but had several BBC Radio plays. Decca wanted promotional photos so Pete and Ray enlisted Pete Kircher on drums. I happened to be walking along Denmark St after leaving the Honeycombs. I spoke to a friend. Told him I was looking for a band and we were standing outside Regent Sound Studio where Honeybus were rehearsing. My friend Grayham said I should go in and introduce myself to a guy called Pete Dello. So I did!

John Peel played “Delighted” on Radio London. “He noted the ‘unusual sounds‘ of the song and that it was Tony Blackburn’s Climber Of The Week.”(

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