Silence Is Golden (song)

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"Silence Is Golden"
B-side to "Rag Doll" by The Four Seasons from the album Born to Wander
Released 1964
Genre Rock
Length 3:25
Label Philips Records
Writer Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio[1]
"Silence Is Golden"
Single by The Tremeloes
B-side "Let Your Hair Hang Down"
Released 1967
Recorded 1967
Genre Beat music
Length 3:11
Label CBS (UK), Epic (US and Canada)
Writer(s) Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio[1]
Producer(s) Mike Smith[1]
The Tremeloes singles chronology
"Here Comes My Baby"
(1967)
"Silence Is Golden"
(1967)
"Helule Helule"
(1968)

"Silence Is Golden" is a song co-written by Bob Gaudio of the American rock band, The Four Seasons, with Bob Crewe. It was released as a B-side to the hit song "Rag Doll," in 1964.[2]

It was later covered by the English band The Tremeloes, whose recording was a No. 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 1967,[3] staying at the top for a total of three weeks.[4] Guitarist Rick West sang lead vocal on "Silence Is Golden".

The Tremeloes single hit No. 11 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart[5] on the Epic label and was one of the top 100 songs of 1967. The track sold one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.[6] The Tremeloes also recorded an Italian version, "E in silenzio".

The song was also covered by Swedish singer Jim Jidhed in 1989.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Ireland 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 1
United Kingdom 1
Austria 4
Netherlands 5
Germany 8
Belgium 10
Spain 10
USA 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 109. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ "Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 565. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  5. ^ "The Tremeloes | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  6. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 231/2. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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Preceded by
"Puppet on a String"
by Sandie Shaw
UK number one single
(The Tremeloes version)

18 May 1967
(3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum