A Simple Game

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"A Simple Game"
Single by The Moody Blues
A-side Ride My See-Saw
Released 12 October 1968
Recorded 18 July 1968
Label Deram Records
Writer(s) Mike Pinder
Producer(s) Tony Clarke

"A Simple Game" is a 1968 song by the progressive rock band The Moody Blues. Written by Mike Pinder, it was released as a non-album B-side to "Ride My See-Saw", a track from the album In Search of the Lost Chord. The song was produced by Tony Clarke and arranged by Arthur Greenslade.

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Four Tops version[edit]

"A Simple Game"
Single by Four Tops
B-side "You Stole My Love" (UK)
"L.A. (My Town)" (U.S.)
Released September 1971 (UK)
January 1972 (U.S.)
Format Vinyl record (7-inch single)
Recorded London, England; 5 May 1970
Genre Pop, R&B, soul
Label Tamla Motown (UK)
Motown (U.S.)
Four Tops chronology
"MacArthur Park (Part II)"
(1971)
"A Simple Game"
(1971)
"You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart"
(1971)

The Four Tops released a cover version in the UK in 1971. The single peaked at position three on the chart. The song's B-side for the UK release was "You Stole My Love", a song written by Justin Hayward and Tony Clarke.

The song was released as a single in the U.S. in 1972, stalling on the chart at position 90. The B-side, which differed from its UK counterpart, was a song called "L.A. (My Town)".

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Chart history[edit]

Chart (1971/72) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[2] 34
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. HIT Entertainment. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2005). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Pop Singles: 1955-2006. Record Research.