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 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.[1] However, that total of 18 weeks was not consecutive, as the hit had three separate periods at number one in the UK.[1] For comparison the longest consecutive period at number one in the UK was 16 weeks by 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]

During Laine's 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 597. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Jos Willems All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong (Studies in Jazz)
  4. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  5. ^ official records and Winners List, The Recording Academy and www.Grammy.com
  6. ^ http://www.theconnextion.com/artgreenhaw and national distribution www.Selectohits.com
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