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Samael Lilith - Nights In White Satin (1969)

(Justin Hayward)
Australia Australia
#10 Sydney #37 Adelaide

Single on Du Monde label by progressive Sydney band, vocals by guitarist Ray Ferguson (later of The 69ers), distinctive for its substitution of And I love her for the original line And I love you.

Two members of Samael Lilith, singer Darryl Braithwaite and bassist Bruce Worrall, joined the hugely successful pop band Sherbet (see Can You Feel It Baby? and Crimson Ships) in 1970.

The single was reissued in 1972, presumably in conjunction with the re-release of The Moody Blues’ original version.

The origin of the band’s name lies in Samael and Lilith, figures in Mesopotamian and Judaic lore.

Further reading: Samael Lilith page at Milesago.
Suggestion & background from Terry Stacey.
Thanks to Greg Wilder for spellcheck.

The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (1972)

(Justin Hayward)
#9 UK #2 USA #9 Sydney #3 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #9 Adelaide #2 Perth #5 NZ

Single on Deram, a reissue of the band’s minor 1967 UK hit.

The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (1967)

(Justin Hayward)
Original version
#19 UK

From the album Days Of Future Passed, single on Deram that was more successful when re-released in 1972.

This is a much-recorded song: see What Other Artists Have Covered Nights In White Satin? at The Moody Blues FAQ List (no sign of Samael Lillith, though).

Sandra - Nights In White Satin (1995)

(Justin Hayward)
Germany Germany
Later version
#34 NZ

On album Fading Shades. Vocalist with Enigma (Sadness [Part 1], 1991). Her version of Everlasting Love charted in Adelaide in 1987.