I Believe

Words and Music by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman
 
With Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of
Hugo Winterhalter for Take 1 ( not released )
Mitchell Ayres for Take 2 ( released )
 
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Produced by Charles Grean
Final Recording Time 3:22
 
Recorded September 24, 1953  ~  Matrix No. E3VB-1984 Take 1
Remake November 23, 1953  ~  Matrix No. E3VB-1984 Take 2
Lyrics
RCA-45RPM 47-5571 ( 1953 )
Single Flip Side: "Onward Christian Soldiers"
 
RCA Gold Standard Series  78/45-RPM-420/447-0113-A
Single Flip Side: "Onward Christian Soldiers"
 
Original Album issue: RCA-LP10 "I Believe & Songs of All Faiths" LPM-3188 MONO 1953
Album reissue: RCA-LP12 "I Believe" LPM-1172 MONO 1956
 
I Believe ~ Original 10" LP 1953I Believe ~ original 12" LP 1956
 
The team of writer's and composers working on Jane Froman's TV Show 'USA Canteen' in 1952 was asked to come up with a song Miss Froman could popularize. Because the show's mail indicated that people were very concerned about the Korean War, writer Erwin Drake recalled: "We thought we might be able to write a kind of song that would give the average person hope." And what a song it was. "I Believe" became a million-seller for Frankie Laine. And practically every singer has performed it. Perry's version is almost like a hymn; he sings it with fervour and with a soaring, open-voiced sound that is beautiful to hear.
 
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
 
1953 Popular songs: "Iím Walking Behind You" by English songwriter Billy Reid; "I Believe" by Erwin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, and Al Stillman; "Ricochet" by Larry Coleman, Joe Darion, and Norman Gimbel; "Rags to Riches" by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; "Ruby" by Heinz Roemheld, lyrics by Mitchell Parish (for the film Ruby Gentry); "Oh! My Pa-pa" by Paul Burkhard (for the Swiss film Fireworks), English lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons; "Eternally" ("The Terry Theme") by Charles Chaplin (for his film Limelight), lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons; "You, You, You" by Lotar Olias, lyrics by Robert Mellin; "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" by Bronislau Kaper, lyrics by Helen Deutsch (for the film Lili); "Thatís Amore" by Harry Warren, lyrics by Jack Brooks (for the film The Caddy); "That Doggie in the Window" by Bob Merrill.
 

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