31 MARCH 1966
Another one of those weird 1960s things. At #5 in the UK charts this week was folk singer Bob Lind with ‘Elusive Butterfly’. At #6 was Val Doonican with the EXACT SAME SONG. Bob’s version is in the video clip below. Lind wrote this song, which also reached #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Doonican's version also went to #5 in the UK.
This was Lind's biggest career hit by far, and would have done better without the direct competition. Evidently a very popular song, other versions of 'Elusive Butterfly' released in 1966 came from Petula Clark, Cher, Billy Walker, Richard Anthony, The Bachelors, Graham Bonney, Lou Christie, Johnny Mathis, and Bobby Vee!
B-side: 'Cheryl's Goin' Home' (the original A-side)
Released: November 1965 as B-side, January 1966 as A-side
Highest chart position: #5 (UK and US)
Label: World Pacific 77808
Writer: Bob Lind
Producer: Richard Bock