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"Western Union" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1967, where it remained for one week. It also reached number 7 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart that same month, where it remained for two weeks. In a March 1967 interview that appeared in Michael Oberman's "Top Tunes" column in the Evening Star newspaper (Washington, D.C.), Norman Ezell, guitarist for the group, explained how they came up with "Western Union." "Mike Rabon, our lead guitar player, was just fooling around with his guitar when he came up with a unique sound," Norman said. "It sort of reminded us of a telegraph key. That's when we decided to write 'Western Union.'"