Simon Says
(Isley Bros)
Australia 1967
#6 Sydney #4 Melbourne #16 Brisbane

Soul-oriented band formed in Melbourne in 1967. The Groove was something of a supergroup, its members having worked with The Clefs (Tweed Harris), Max Merritt & the Meteors (Peter Williams), The Librettos and The Playboys (Rod Stone), Black Pearls and Running Jumping Standing Still (Jamie Byrne), and Steve & the Board (Geoff Bridgford).

See also Soothe Me, You Are The One I Love and What Is Soul.

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Further reading: For a thorough account of The Groove, see Paul Culnane's article at Milesago which draws on the recollections of Groove guitarist Rod Stone; Wikepedia entry on The Groove.

Simon Says
(Isley Bros)
USA 1965
Original version

Single on Atlantic label by influential and enduring family r&b/soul/funk group first formed as a gospel quartet in the early 50s.

Of The Isley Brothers' diverse repertoire, other songs that spring to mind include Shout (1959), Twist And Shout (1962, not the original, but the hit version), This Old Heart Of Mine (1966) and That Lady Part 1 (1973), but for the full story - too long and complex to cover here - see Jason Ankeny's account at All Music Guide.

In Britain, it was the Isleys' version of Seals & Crofts' Summer Breeze that charted.
Simon Says
(Elliot Chiprut)
USA 1968
Red herring
#4 USA #2 UK #16 Sydney #3 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth

Same title but not the same song as "Simon Says? by The Groove.

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