Hush (Billy Joe Royal song)

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Cover of the 1967 Norway single
Single by Billy Joe Royal
B-side"Watching from the Bandstand"
ReleasedSeptember 1967
Format7-inch single
GenreSwamp rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Joe South
Producer(s)Joe South
Billy Joe Royal singles chronology
"These Are Not My People"
"Storybook Children"

"Hush" is a song written by American composer and musician Joe South, for recording artist Billy Joe Royal, whose single peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 28 October – 11 November 1967,[2] and No. 45 in Canada.[3] South himself recorded the song in 1968, and included it on his second album, Games People Play.[4]

Deep Purple and Kula Shaker had later hits with covers of the song, in 1968 and 1996 respectively.

Billy Joe Royal version[edit]

The chorus begins "Hush, hush, I thought I heard her calling my name", which is a takeoff from the traditional gospel song lyrics "Hush, hush, somebody's calling my name". Session musician Barry Bailey, who later became the lead guitarist for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, plays guitar on the track.

Deep Purple version[edit]

Cover of the 1968 UK single
Single by Deep Purple
from the album Shades of Deep Purple
B-side"One More Rainy Day"
  • June 1968 (UK)
  • July 1968 (US)
Format7-inch single
RecordedApril 21, 1968
StudioPye, London
GenrePsychedelic rock
Songwriter(s)Joe South
Producer(s)Derek Lawrence
Deep Purple singles chronology
"Kentucky Woman"
Audio sample
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Cover of the 1988 German single
Single by Deep Purple
from the album Nobody's Perfect
B-side"Dead or Alive" (live), "Bad Attitude" (live)
ReleasedJune 1988
Format7-inch single
StudioPye, London
Songwriter(s)Joe South
Deep Purple singles chronology
"Call of the Wild"
"King of Dreams"

The song was subsequently recorded by British hard rock band Deep Purple for their 1968 debut album Shades of Deep Purple. The track became the group's first hit single peaking at number 4 on the Hot 100 on 21–28 September 1968 and number 2 in Canada while going largely unnoticed in the United Kingdom. A live, US-televised version of "Hush" appeared as a bonus track on the 2000 CD-reissue of the Shades of Deep Purple album.

In 1968, Hugh Hefner introduced Deep Purple, who performed live on the Playboy After Dark TV series. After Hefner heard a ghost story from Jon Lord and had a guitar lesson from Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple performed "Hush" which is available in the Playboy After Dark -2nd Collection 2007 DVD release.

In celebration of the band's 20th anniversary, Deep Purple re-recorded the song in 1988 for their album Nobody's Perfect. The track was released as a single and reached number 62 on the UK singles chart and number 44 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock chart.

"Hush" is one of four songs originally recorded with vocals sung by Rod Evans that the band have performed with Ian Gillan on vocals later on. Others are "Kentucky Woman", originally from the album The Book of Taliesyn from 1968; "Mandrake Root" from the same album that originally featured "Hush"; and "Bird Has Flown" from the album Deep Purple, or Deep Purple III, released in 1969.

Other versions[edit]


1968 Deep Purple version

1988 Deep Purple version


  1. ^ "What Is Swamp Rock?". ThoughtCo. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Billy Joe Royal – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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  5. ^ Alan Byrne, "Thin Lizzy: Soldiers of Fortune", Firefly, 2004

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