The Pied Piper (song)

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"The Pied Piper"
Single by Crispian St. Peters
from the album Follow Me...
B-side "Sweet Dawn My True Love"
Released March 8, 1966
Genre Pop Rock
Length 2:30
Label Decca 12359 (UK)
Jamie 1320 (US)
London 2512 (Canada)
Songwriter(s) Steve Duboff, Artie Kornfeld
Producer(s) David Nicolson
Crispian St. Peters singles chronology
"You Were on My Mind"
"The Pied Piper"

"The Pied Piper" is a pop song written by the duo of Steve Duboff and Artie Kornfeld, who first recorded the song in 1965 as The Changin' Times. Their version reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] British pop singer Crispian St. Peters scored a major hit with the song during the summer of 1966 when his single went to #4 in the United States, #5 in the United Kingdom and #1 in Canada.[2][3]

The song's title came from The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The song was used in an advertisement for the first-generation Toyota Echo in Australia and New Zealand.[4][5][6]

Other versions[edit]

  • In Italy a well-known cover version was made, with the title "Bandiera gialla" ("Yellow flag"), sung by local artist Gianni Pettenati and theme of a popular radio program of that era targeted to the young people.[7]
  • Jamaican reggae duo Bob and Marcia had a Top 20 hit with their version, taking the song to UK #11 in July 1971.[8]


Preceded by
"Red Rubber Ball" by The Cyrkle
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
(Crispian St. Peters version)

July 18, 1966 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Hanky Panky" by Tommy James and the Shondells