Band of Gold (Freda Payne song): Wikis


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"Band of Gold"
Single by Freda Payne
from the album Band of Gold
Released 1970
Genre Soul
Length 2:53
Label Invictus Records
Writer(s) Ron Dunbar and Edyth Wayne[1].
Producer Brian Holland
Edward Holland, Jr.
Lamont Dozier
Freda Payne singles chronology
"Unhooked Generation"
"Band of Gold"
"Deeper and Deeper"
"Band of Gold"
Single by Charly McClain
from the album The Woman in Me
Released April 1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Genre Country
Length 2:51
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Ron Dunbar and Edyth Wayne
Charly McClain singles chronology
"Candy Man"
(with Mickey Gilley)
"Band of Gold"
"The Right Stuff"
(with Mickey Gilley)
"Band of Gold"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Belinda
Released 1986
Genre Pop
Length 3:42
Label I.R.S. Records
Writer(s) Ron Dunbar and Edyth Wayne
Producer Michael Lloyd
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"I Feel the Magic"
"Band of Gold"
"Since You've Gone"
"Band of Gold"
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Released 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Genre Hi-NRG, rock
Label CBS Records / Columbia Records
Producer Jim Steinman
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)"
"Band of Gold"
"Rebel Without A Clue"
"Band of Gold"
Single by Kimberley Locke
from the album Based on a True Story
Released Aug. 13, 2007 (radio)
Oct. 23, 2007 (remixes)
Format Digital, radio
Length 3:01
Label Curb Records
Producer Michael Lloyd
Mike Curb
Kimberley Locke singles chronology
"Band of Gold"
"Frosty the Snowman"

"Band of Gold" is a popular song written by Holland/Dozier/Holland, under the pseudonym Edith Wayne and Ron Dunbar, and first recorded by Freda Payne. A smash hit for Payne in 1970, the song has been covered by numerous artists, notably dueling 1986 versions by contrasting pop divas Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler, and a 2007 version by Kimberley Locke.

The legendary songwriting team of Holland/Dozier/Holland used the name Edith Wayne because of a lawsuit they had with Motown. Ron Dunbar was a staff employee and producer for Invictus. According to Freda Payne[2], Dunbar actually contributed to the song. However, Edith Wayne was never seen or heard and is most likely an alias for HDH. When they first offered the song to Freda Payne, she balked at the idea of recording it, finding the material more appropriate for a teenager or very young woman. Payne reluctantly gave in after much persuasion by Dunbar.[3] Almost immediately following its release the Payne record became an instant pop smash, reaching #3 in the US and hitting #1 on the UK singles chart and remaining there for six weeks in September 1970, giving Payne her first gold record.

After Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown in 1967, they were still in contact with Motown's house band, The Funk Brothers. Holland/Dozier/Holland started their own label, with the intention of self-producing the songs they would write, and they asked The Funk Brothers to play the instrumentals on those songs. The Funk Brothers who played on the Freda Payne recording of "Band of Gold" include:

  • Bass: Bob Babbitt
  • Guitarists: Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, and Ray Monette
  • Keyboards: Johnny Griffth
  • Drums: Uriel Jones
  • Percussion: Jack Ashford

The distinctive electric sitar part is played by New York studio musician Vinnie Bell. Lead guitar on the track is by Ray Parker, Jr.[3]

In 2004, Freda Payne's "Band of Gold" was voted number 391 in Rolling Stone magazine's listing of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.



The song tells a story of a recently married woman whose husband is incapable of loving her (even though he tried), resulting in the couple sleeping in separate rooms on their honeymoon, to her dismay. It would appear that the marriage ended in the husband's abandoning his bride, leaving her with no more than the titular 'band of gold'.

Cover versions

Despite both coming off major hits and working with noted musicians, neither the Belinda Carlisle nor the Bonnie Tyler versions were major hits. Tyler's was produced by Jim Steinman, the man behind earlier hits by Tyler and Meatloaf, and later hits by Celine Dion, and the track was given a slew of Hi-NRG remixes. The song was the third single off her Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire, which also features the hit "Holding Out for a Hero". Carlisle's version was also given dance remixes featuring vocals by Freda Payne herself, that appear on a 2003 CD re-issue of the album Belinda, which features the hit "Mad About You".

In 1983, "Band of Gold" was recorded by Disco/Hi-NRG singer Sylvester on Megatone Records and released as a 12" single. Sylvester's version reached #18 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart[4] and #67 on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

The song was also covered in 1980 by the Australian group The Reels on their hit EP "Five Great Gift Ideas", and by Modern Romance on the 1982 "Party Party" soundtrack.

Also in 1983, country singer Charly McClain recorded a cover version of "Band of Gold" for her album The Woman in Me. McClain's version reached No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in June 1984.

Kimberley Locke released her version of "Band of Gold" to radio on August 13, 2007 as the second single from her album Based on a True Story. It became Locke's second single to hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart and her seventh to go top 10 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. In December 2009, Billboard included Kimberley's version of the song at #45 on their list of the top 50 Dance Club Play songs of the decade [6]. Locke had previously performed the song alongside Frenchie Davis during "Hollywood week" on the second season of American Idol, and later performed it again during her final performance week on the show. Billboard' said of her version:

"Freda Payne's 1970 No. 3 hit "Band of Gold" may have been done to death, but a refresher course with ignition control of Kimberley Locke turns "Gold" green again. As with every song she has delivered, the "American Idol" alumnus—who earned high marks with her performance of this track on season two of the series—has commanded an enduring love affair at AC radio, with six hits and two No. 1s, including previous No. 6 "Change" from current CD "Based on a True Story." With a firm base in the gay community, the Bimbo Jones remix will only extend Locke's reach. So many seasons into the show, fewer original victors maintain relevance. (That's the way of the pop world.) But Locke has drop-kicked Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken as the season's real winner." [7]

Track listings and formats (Locke version)

  • US Remixes Maxi-Single - CURBD-2062
  1. Band Of Gold (Dave Audé Radio Edit) 3:12
  2. Band Of Gold (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) 3:22
  3. Band Of Gold (Almighty Radio Edit) 2:57
  4. Band Of Gold (Scotty K Radio Edit) 3:49
  5. Band Of Gold (Dave Audé Mixshow Edit) 6:06
  6. Band Of Gold (Bimbo Jones Mix) 7:17
  7. Band Of Gold (Almighty Extended Mix) 6:51
  8. Band Of Gold (Scotty K Extended Klub Mix) 6:45
  9. Band Of Gold (Dave Audé Club Mix) 8:25
  10. Band Of Gold (Dave Audé Dub) 7:08
  • UK Promotional Remixes Maxi-Single - Almighty remixes
  1. Band Of Gold (Almighty Radio Mix) 2:55
  2. Band Of Gold (Almighty 12" Club Mix) 6:49
  3. Band Of Gold (Almighty 12" Dub) 6:38
  4. Band Of Gold (Almighty 12" Instrumental) 6:47

An additional remix by Piper was later released in the digital remix package for Locke's next single, Fall.


Freda Payne Version
Charts (1970) Peak
UK Singles Chart 1
US Pop Singles 3
US Black Singles 20
Bonnie Tyler Version
Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 81
Billboard Breakouts 12-Inch Singles Sales [8] 06
Belinda Carlisle Version
Chart (1986/87) Peak
US Hot Dance Club Play 26
US Hot Dance Singles Sales 38
Canadian Singles Chart 91
Kimberley Locke Version
Chart (2007/08) Peak
US Hot Dance Club Play 1
UK Commercial Club 6
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 9
US Billboard Top Dance Songs of 2008 11
US Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents 19
Canadian Adult Contemporary 21
US Billboard Top AC Songs of 2008 36
US Billboard Top AC Songs of 2007 39
UK Upfront Club 52

See also


  1. ^ "Band of Gold" at allmusic
  2. ^ Freda Payne Interview, liner notes for Freda Payne, Unhooked Generation - The Complete Invictus Recordings, Castle Music, 2001
  3. ^ a b "Band of Gold" at
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 252.
  5. ^ Sylvester UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  6. ^ Best of 2000s Dance/Club Play Songs Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 11 December 2009
  7. ^ Taylor Chuck "Band Of Gold" Billboard Magazine, August 2007
  8. ^ Billboard 27.12.1986
Preceded by
"The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
UK number one single (Freda Payne version)
September 19, 1970 for six weeks
Succeeded by
"Woodstock" by Matthews Southern Comfort
Preceded by
"No, No, No" by Ono
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Kimberley Locke version)
January 19, 2008
Succeeded by
"Stars" by Erika Jayne


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