Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

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Silence is Golden

First recorded by The Four Seasons (1964).
Hit version by The Tremeloes (US #11/UK #1 1967).

From the wiki: “‘Silence is Golden’ is a song co-written by Bob Gaudio (‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)‘) of the American rock band, The Four Seasons, with Bob Crewe (‘Silhouettes‘, ‘Lady Marmalade‘). It was released as a B-side to the hit song ‘Rag Doll,’ in 1964.

“It was later covered by the English band The Tremeloes, whose recording was a #1 hit in the UK Singles Chart on 18 May 1967, staying at the top for a total of three weeks. The Tremeloes single hit #11 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was one of the Top 100 songs of 1967.”

The Tremeloes, “Silence is Golden” (1967):

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