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I Believe" is the name of a popular song written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953.
"I Believe" was commissioned and introduced by
Jane Froman on her television show, and became the first hit song ever introduced on TV. Froman, troubled by the uprising of the Korean War in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith to the populace. In addition to Froman, "I Believe" has been recorded by many others, and has become both a popular and religious standard. Frankie Laine had the big hit version of the song, which still holds the record for the most weeks spent at number one in the UK Singles Chart. However, that total of 18 weeks was not consecutive, as the hit had three separate periods at number one in the [1 ] UK. For comparison the longest consecutive period at number one in the UK was 16 weeks by [1 ] Bryan Adams with " (Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (1991), whilst Wet Wet Wet spent 15 consecutive weeks there in 1994 with " Love Is All Around". [2 ]
single's stay at number one, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, Mount Everest was climbed and the England cricket team won back The Ashes after nineteen years. [1 ]
The biggest Top-50 hit version of the song in America occurred with a performance by the Irish trio The Bachelors when their lavish UK-production with orchestra and chorus on London Records topped the American charts for several weeks in 1961.
Quodlibet with Ave Maria [edit ]
In 1972, Shawnee Music published a new arrangement of "I Believe" that includes a quodlibet with Bach/Gounod, "Ave Maria". This version is frequently performed by choirs at Christmas time.
Selected list of recorded versions [edit ] The Chordettes (recorded 1953, released the next year) Perry Como on his 1953 album I Believe ~ Songs of All Faiths Sung by Perry Como Marcel Mouloudji (1953, as "Je Crois en Toi") Allan Jones, tenor with The Peter Knight Singers with orchestra cond. by George Melachrino (recorded in London on April 16, 1953. It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10490). Joni James (on her 1956 album, Give Us This Day) Elvis Presley from Elvis' Christmas Album (1957) Andy Williams (on his 1960 album, ) The Village of St. Bernadette David Whitfield (1960) Tammy Wynette The Bachelors (1961) Doris Akers (1963) (RCA Victor 2644) The Musical Hearts from Texas (recorded in September 1964. It was released on the extended play, Harmoni HEP 216. The Earls (1964) Donna Loren (1965) (Capitol 5548) The Lettermen (on their 1965 album You'll Never Walk Alone, and as the B-side of " Sweet September") Kong Ling (江玲), Hong Kong female singer, on her 1966 Kong Ling LP album with Diamond Records' Louis Armstrong (1967; Please note he performed another song with the same title as well.) [3 ] The Young Rascals from their 1966 debut album The Young Rascals (album) Dolly Parton on 1970's Golden Streets of Glory Donny Osmond (on his 1973 album "A Time for Us") The Ebonys (1973) Cissy Houston (1984) Jackie Wilson on the Mr Excitment album 1992 Crystal Gayle (on her 1995 album, ) Someday Robson and Jerome, released together with " Up on the Roof" as the B-side in 1995, and it reached No. 1 on the UK single chart. It has sold 1.11 million copies in the UK. [4 ] Barbra Streisand (on her 1997 album, ) Higher Ground Patti LaBelle (on her 1998 album "Live One Night Only") The GoldTones (2004) from their doo-wop CD entitled "Street Corner Gold". Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge on their 2002 CD "Peace On Earth" and on their 2007 CD "Songs Of Inspiration" In 2002 the song was included on the Art Greenhaw Records album We Called Him Mr. Gospel Gospel Music: The , which went on to win a Grammy Award for "Best Album of the Year" in a Gospel category. Performers were Larry Ford, James Blackwood Tribute Album The Jordanaires and The Light Crust Doughboys. [5 ] Brian Ormond (on the 2003 album " Pop Idol: The Idols – Xmas Factor") On 26 November 2007 the track was released by British child singer Connie Talbot (who was discovered on the British television talent show ), on her debut album, Britain's Got Talent . This album was re-released on the 16th June Over The Rainbow 2008 (with the Christmas tracks replaced). In 2010 a surf-pop version of the song was included on the album Wills & The and performed by Light Crust Doughboys: 80th Anniversary, Together Again Art Greenhaw. [6 ] The Righteous Brothers Eve Boswell Frank Sinatra Larry Chance and The Earls Jane Froman Frankie Laine Frank Rendo from Inspired: Songs from Broadway & Film Marco T. A colombian singer in Spanish Latin versions LeAnn Rimes Sandler and Young (together with Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria) Benny Hill ( parodied The Bachelors version of "I Believe" in his song, "I'll Never Know") Gé Korsten Mahalia Jackson References [edit ] ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 9. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 597. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. ^ Jos Willems All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong (Studies in Jazz) ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian . Retrieved 4 November 2012. ^ official records and Winners List, The Recording Academy and www.Grammy.com ^ http://www.theconnextion.com/artgreenhaw and national distribution www.Selectohits.com