Hi Ho Silver Lining

Album: Best of Jeff Beck (1967)
Charted: 14
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Songfacts®:

  • It is ironic that a rock guitarist once rated 14th in the world of all time should be best known (and will likely be best remembered by the general public) for a commercial single, which although having a fine riff, does nothing to demonstrate his virtuosity.

    "Hi Ho Silver Lining" was written by two commercial American songwriters: Scott English and Larry Weiss. It was recorded simultaneously or near simultaneously by The Attack and by Beck; the band's version was released in March 1967, but Beck's version charted first. Recorded on January 19, 1967 at De Lane Lea Studios, London, and running to 2 minutes and 53 seconds, it was produced by Mickie Most (who discovered Suzi Quatro) and released on the Columbia label backed by "Bolero" (or "Beck's Bolero"). Dave Ambrose played the bass and Clem Cattini the drums while Beck also layed down the vocals, something he has done rather infrequently throughout his career.
  • At times with the words adapted, "Hi Ho Silver Lining" is the official anthem of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and the unofficial anthem of the City of Wolverhampton. The most famous band to emanate from that unprepossessing Black Country town is Slade, but even Wolverhampton deserves a better theme song than "Merry Xmas Everybody".
    "Hi Ho Silver Lining" is also used by Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday Football Clubs, and doubtless others. The phrase "Hi ho Silver" was coined by the Lone Ranger, Silver being the name of his horse. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 3

  • A _real_ Music Fan from MarsI'd never read the lyrics until just now. What unutterable DRECK! No wonder Beck has likened it to a pink toilet seat hung around his neck for the rest of his whole f*****ug career!
  • AnonymousWhat benighted, ignorant cretin rated Beck 14th?!?

    I can't think of four, much less 14, guitarists who are even compartble -- and most of his peers agree, John McLaughin, both of the other Yardbirds guitarists, and just about every other world-class rock, jazz, & blues guitarist included,
  • Anonymous from MaltaI was under the impression that this song charted again in Britain in 1972. Maybe I was wrong.
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