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[1]
Length3:25
LabelPhilips
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe
Bob Gaudio[2]
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. number 1 single "Rag Doll", which was also written by Crewe/Gaudio. The Tremeloes' 1967 cover version reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and number 11 on the US charts.[3]

The Tremeloes version[edit]

"Silence Is Golden"
SilenceIsGoldenTremeloes.jpeg
UK picture sleeve
Single by The Tremeloes
B-side"Let Your Hair Hang Down"
Released29 May 1967[4]
Recorded1967
GenrePop[5]
Length3:11
Label
Songwriter(s)Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio[2]
Producer(s)Mike Smith[2]
The Tremeloes singles chronology
"Here Comes My Baby"
(1967)
"Silence Is Golden"
(1967)
"Even the Bad Times Are Good"
(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,[6] where it stayed for three weeks.[7] 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.[8] Guitarist Rick Westwood 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[9] and was one of the top 100 songs of 1967. The song sold one million copies globally, earning gold disc status.[10] The Tremeloes also recorded an Italian version, "E in silenzio". The song was also covered in 1967 by The Plus Four, and by Swedish singer Jim Jidhed (in English) in 1989.

Chart history[edit]

References[edit]

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