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, where it stayed for three weeks. 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. 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.