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Album: Suddenly You Love MeReleased: 1967Charted:
This was originally recorded in 1964 by the Four Seasons as the B-side of their #1 hit "Rag Doll
The group evolved from Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, and were signed by Decca Records when the label rejected The Beatles.
Chesney Hawkes is the son of Chip Hawkes, who was a member of The Tremeloes. When Chesney hit #1 UK with "The One And Only
," it marked the first time both father and son had got to #1.
The phrase "Silence Is Golden" is an encouragement to silence, which comes from a Swiss inscription written in German and best known in the English translation by Thomas Carlyle: "Sprechen ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden" (speech is silver, silence is golden).The Tremeloes included this song in their stage act to feature guitarist Rick West's falsetto. Chip Hawkes recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "We were on tour with The Hollies and we were getting standing ovations for Silence Is Golden. We recorded it immediately and by the end of the tour, it was in the charts. Tony Hicks of The Hollies said to me, 'It's a good thing you did that as were going to record it.'"