Silence Is Golden (song)

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"Silence Is Golden"
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album Born to Wander
A-side"Rag Doll"
Released1964
GenrePop
Length3:25
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe
Bob Gaudio[1]
Producer(s)Bob Crewe

"Silence Is Golden" is a song recorded by the American vocal group the Four Seasons. The song was co-written by group producer Bob Crewe and group member Bob Gaudio. Philips Records released it in 1964 as the B-side of the U.S. #1 single "Rag Doll", which was also written by Crewe/Gaudio.

The Tremeloes version[edit]

"Silence Is Golden"
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Single by The Tremeloes
B-side"Let Your Hair Hang Down"
ReleasedJune 1967
Recorded1967
GenreBeat
Length3:11
Label
Songwriter(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)

British band The Tremeloes later recorded a sound-alike version using the same arrangement, which reached the top position on the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 1967,[2] where it stayed for three weeks.[3] Guitarist Rick West sang lead vocal on "Silence Is Golden". In the U.S., Epic Records released the single, which reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[4] and was one of the top 100 songs of 1967. The song sold one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.[5] The Tremeloes also recorded an Italian version, "E in silenzio". The song was also covered by Swedish singer Jim Jidhed (in English) in 1989.

Chart history[edit]

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. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 565. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  4. ^ "The Tremeloes | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  5. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 231/2. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  6. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, July 26, 1967
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1967-08-12. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 12, 1967
  10. ^ RPM Top 100 Singles of 1967
  11. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1967.shtml
  12. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1967". Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  13. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  14. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 23, 1967

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