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The Changin' Times 1965 original recording of "The Pied Piper" reached #87 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, when British pop singer Crispian St. Peters recorded it, he scored a major hit during the summer of 1966. It went to #4 in the United States, #5 in the United Kingdom, and #1 in Canada.
This was the biggest charting success of Crispian St. Peters, and one of only two Top-40 hits in his career - the other one was "You Were On My Mind," which made #36 in the US and #2 on the UK charts in 1967. According to different biographies, St. Peters spent more time boasting to the press than he did recording, sweepingly declaring himself of even mettle with the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Tom Jones. He also had psychological problems and ill health, succumbing to stroke in 1995. His charting career was over with by the time of Woodstock, but he did make a stab at a comeback in the '80s.