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