The Springfields were a Peter, Paul & Mary-style folk trio of Dusty Springfield (later a solo star), her brother Tom, and their friend Tim Field. The song was originally recorded by Wanda Jackson in 1956 - it was the first single for the rockabilly singer. The Springfields heard Jackson's version and recorded their own. Their version is an early example of folk-pop, complete with a jangly guitar solo.
This song was written by Dick Reynolds and Jack Rhodes. Rhodes wrote some popular rockabilly and country song, including "A Satisfied Mind
Some of the many artists to cover this song include The Cowsills, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Rivers. Here are the versions that charted on the US Hot 100:
Jody Miller (#54, 1965)
The Cowsills (#74, 1969)
Linda Ronstadt (#67, 1974)
The Springfields released the successful singles "Breakaway" and "Bambino" in the UK before issuing "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" there in April 1962. It was a flop there, but when it was released in America as their first single in July 1962, it became a Stateside hit. When the album was released in the US, it was named after this track, but in the UK it was called Kinda Folksy.
The Springfields failed to make the US Top 40 with any more songs, but did have further UK success with the hits "Island Of Dreams" (#5), "Say I Won't Be There" (#5) and "Come On Home" (#31).