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.


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)"
"A Simple Game"
"You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart"

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)".


Chart history[edit]

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


  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.