A Simple Game

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"A Simple Game"
Single by The Moody Blues
A-side"Ride My See-Saw"
Released12 October 1968
Recorded18 July 1968, Decca Studios, London
Songwriter(s)Mike Pinder
Producer(s)Tony Clarke

"A Simple Game" is a 1968 song by the progressive rock band The Moody Blues. Written and sung 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. The track was covered by The Four Tops, and their version was issued as a single in the United States in January 1972, reaching #90 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song had already been issued as a single in Britain in September 1971, having reached #3 in the UK and #14 in Ireland.


Four Tops version[edit]

"A Simple Game"
Single by Four Tops
  • "You Stole My Love" (UK)
  • "L.A. (My Town)" (U.S.)
ReleasedSeptember 1971 (UK)
January 1972 (U.S.)
FormatVinyl record (7-inch single)
RecordedWessex Studios, London, England, 5 May 1970
GenrePop, R&B, soul
LabelTamla Motown (UK)
Motown (U.S.)
Four Tops singles 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.