The Pied Piper (song)

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

"The Pied Piper"
The Pied Piper - Crispian St. Peters.jpg
Single by Crispian St. Peters
from the album Follow Me...
B-side"Sweet Dawn My True Love"
ReleasedMarch 8, 1966
GenrePop rock
Length2:30
LabelDecca 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"
(1966)
"The Pied Piper"
(1966)
"Changes"
(1966)

The song's title came from the German folklore fairy tale and its titular character The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Chart historyEdit

Later usesEdit

An advertisement for the first-generation Toyota Echo in Australia and New Zealand.[12][13][14]

The song has been used in three episodes of the HBO series Silicon Valley, where it is sung karaoke by Dinesh.

Other versionsEdit

  • In Italy a well-known cover version was made, with the title "Bandiera gialla" ("Yellow flag"), sung by local artist Gianni Pettenati and the theme song of a popular radio program of that era targeted to the young people.[15]
  • Jamaican reggae duo Bob and Marcia had a Top 20 hit with their version, taking the song to UK #11 in July 1971.[16]
  • Cher also covered the song on her 1966 self-titled album.
  • Rita Marley covered the song in 1967.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Changin' Times, "Pied Piper" chart position Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Songs from the Year 1966
  3. ^ Library and Archives Canada. RPM 100 Week of July 18, 1966 Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1966-08-01. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Pied Piper". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 15 July 1966
  7. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, July 30, 1966
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  11. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/60s_files/1966YESP.html Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 24, 1966
  12. ^ "The Good Oil: Road safety in school". New Zealand Herald. 2000-06-30.
  13. ^ YouTube - Toyota Echo Australian TV ad (2000) - "Follow me, I'm the pied piper..."
  14. ^ Four Donkey Films - production company for the advertisement
  15. ^ L'almanacco di Radioscrigno Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  16. ^ Bob and Marcia, "Pied Piper" chart position Retrieved June 18, 2015.