I Believe (1953 song)

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"I Believe"
Written byErvin Drake
Irvin Graham
Jimmy Shirl
Al Stillman
Written1953
Recorded byFrankie Laine
 
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"I Believe"
Written byErvin Drake
Irvin Graham
Jimmy Shirl
Al Stillman
Written1953
Recorded byFrankie Laine

"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's version spent eighteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart.[1] Laine also had the most successful version in America, where he reached #2 for three weeks.

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "I Believe - Original Long Play 1953". Kokomo.ca. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^ Jos Willems, All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong (Studies in Jazz)
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 586–7. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Official records and Winners List, The Recording Academy and Grammy.com
  7. ^ "Art Greenhaw Music CD's & Cassettes". Theconnextion.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
Preceded by
"(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" by Lita Roza
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Frankie Laine

24 April 1953 for 9 weeks
Succeeded by
"I'm Walking Behind You" by Eddie Fisher
Preceded by
"I'm Walking Behind You" by Eddie Fisher
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Frankie Laine

3 July 1953 top again for 6 weeks
Succeeded by
"The Song from Moulin Rouge" by Mantovani and His Orchestra
Preceded by
"The Song from Moulin Rouge" by Mantovani and His Orchestra
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Frankie Laine

21 August 1953 top again for 3 weeks
Succeeded by
"Look at That Girl" by Guy Mitchell
Preceded by
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio
UK Singles Chart Number 1 single
Robson and Jerome version
double A-side with "Up on the Roof"

11 November 1995 for 4 weeks
Succeeded by
"Earth Song" by Michael Jackson