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"Grazing in the Grass" is an instrumental written by South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (as Philemon Hou) and first recorded by himself. It is recognizable by its prominent cowbell part. Released in the United States as a single in 1968, it became one of the few instrumentals to reach the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Friends of Distinction recorded a vocal cover version of the tune in 1969 which was also a Top Ten pop and R&B hit. "Grazing in the Grass" has been recorded by many other musicians, including Chet Atkins, Boney James, Willie Mitchell and Meco.

"Grazing in the Grass" was sampled by the hip hop duo Nice & Smooth on the track "One, Two and One More Makes Three" from their album Ain't a Damn Thing Changed.

The Friends of Distinction version

The Friends of Distinction recorded a vocal cover version of the tune in 1969 on RCA Victor, which was also a Top Ten pop and R&B hit, reaching no. 3 on the former and no. 5 on the latter.

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