The song was actually recorded in Meek’s apartment. In fact, Meek had also recorded the Tornados’ hit “Telstar” in the same apartment. Meek really wanted to feature the percussion, so in addition to the drums, he had all the band members stamp their feet on chairs while a band member smacked a tambourine directly against a microphone during the recording.
To top it all off, Meek took the finished recording and sped it up slightly to make the final mix move even faster. In the end, that frustrated lead singer Dennis D'Ell, who could never reproduce the exact sound of the record onstage.
Meek then shopped the single to various British labels. Pye Records took a chance on it, but insisted on changing the name of the band to call attention to one of the group’s most unique features, a female drummer. Ann “Honey” Lantree also worked as hairdresser’s assistant, so the label re-christened the band, the Honeycombs.
“Have I the Right?” shot to the top of the British charts. It also hit #1 in Australia, Canada and Sweden. In the States, it broke into the Top 10 (#8) and amassed more than 2 million in sales around the world.
The band found follow-up success in Sweden, Japan and their native England, but they never again cracked the American charts.
After some personnel changes, the band finally threw in the towel and called it quits in 1967.