Paper Sun

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For the song by Def Leppard, see Paper Sun (Def Leppard song).
"Paper Sun"
Single by Traffic
B-side "Giving to You" (Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood)
Released May 1967
Format 7", 45 rpm vinyl
Genre Psychedelic pop[1]
Length 4:14
Label Island WIP 6002 (UK)
Writer(s) Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Traffic singles chronology
"Paper Sun"
"Hole in My Shoe"

"Paper Sun" was the British band Traffic's debut single, released in May 1967.[2] It was a number 5 hit in the United Kingdom.[3] It is famous for its time-typical sitar riff, played by Dave Mason, and its soulful vocals by composer Steve Winwood.

The B-side, "Giving to You," was later released in a modified version (4:20) on their album Mr. Fantasy. The original B-side version, which opens with a brief vocal section, was later released as a bonus track on a CD reissue of the album. The album version omits the vocal section, and begins and ends with overdubbed spoken parts (probably by Chris Wood).

It is featured on the soundtrack of the 2010 British film Made in Dagenham.

U.S. chart run[edit]

Cashbox[4] (5 weeks): 87, 74, 70, 86, 82


  1. ^ "Paper Sun review". Matthew Greenwald. Allmusic. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Details @ Retrieved June 2009
  3. ^ Traffic in the UK Charts, The Official Charts. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 604. 

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