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
GenreRock
Length3:25
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe
Bob Gaudio[1]
Producer(s)Bob Crewe

"Silence Is Golden" is a song initially recorded by the American rock band the Four Seasons. Written by Bob Crewe and 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' 1967 cover version reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart and #11 on the US charts.[2]

The Tremeloes version[edit]

"Silence Is Golden"
Silence is Golden The Tremeloes.gif
Single by The Tremeloes
B-side"Let Your Hair Hang Down"
Released29 May 1967[3]
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)

In 1967 British band The Tremeloes recorded their sound-alike take using the same arrangement as the original; this rendition reached the top position on the UK chart on 18 May 1967,[4] where it stayed for three weeks.[5] Band member Len 'Chip' Hawkes remembered getting up in the middle of the night, going to London with the rest of the band and walking down The Strand in the night the song reached number one.[6] 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[7] and was one of the top 100 songs of 1967. The song sold one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.[8] 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. ^ An Avid's Guide to Sixties Songwriters
  3. ^ "The Tremeloes - Silence is Golden".
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 565. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  6. ^ "The band chosen over The Beatles in 1962: The Tremeloes' interview with Len "Chip" Hawkes". The Shortlisted. 2021-09-28. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  7. ^ "The Tremeloes | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  8. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 231/2. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  9. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 26 July 1967". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1967-08-12. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  11. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 12, 1967". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM Top 100 Singles of 1967". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Top 100 1967 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1967". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1967". Tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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