Simon Says (1910 Fruitgum Company song)

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"Simon Says"
Single by The 1910 Fruitgum Company
from the album Simon Says
B-side"Reflections from the Looking Glass"
ReleasedDecember 1967
Format7" single
GenreBubblegum pop
LabelBuddah BDA 24
Songwriter(s)Elliot Chiprut
Producer(s)Jeff Katz, Jerry Kasenetz, Elliot Chiprut
The 1910 Fruitgum Company singles chronology
"Simon Says"
"May I Take a Giant Step"

"Simon Says" is a bubblegum pop song written by Elliot Chiprut and originally recorded, in 1967, by the 1910 Fruitgum Company, becoming their most successful chart hit.

The song was based on the children's game "Simon says." Produced by Jerry Kasenetz, Jeff Katz, and Chiprut, the single was issued by Buddah Records and entered the U.S. Hot 100 in January 1968, rising to # 4 on the chart. It was also a hit in the UK, where it reached #2 on the singles chart.

It also was the title track on the first album by the 1910 Fruitgum Company.

In Italy the song was covered by the group Giuliano e i Notturni with the title "Il ballo di Simone", and charted # 3 on the Italian hit parade.[1] In 1968 French singer Claude Francois also had a major hit with it under the French title "Jacques a Dit". Children's entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram covered it on their 1995 album Let's Dance!


  1. ^ Dario Salvatori. "Giuliano e i Notturni". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp.790-1.