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Encyclopedia > I'm a Believer
"I'm a Believer"
Single by The Monkees
from the album More of The Monkees
Released 1966
Genre Rock
Label RCA
Writer(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Jeff Barry
Peak chart positions
The Monkees singles chronology
"Last Train to Clarksville"
(1966)
"I'm a Beleiver"
(1966)
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
(1966)
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"I'm a Believer" is a song composed by Neil Diamond and recorded by the band The Monkees in 1966 with the lead vocals by Micky Dolenz. The single, produced by Jeff Barry, hit the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 31, 1966 and remained there for seven weeks, becoming the biggest-selling record for all of 1967, and one of the biggest of all time. Because of advance orders, it went gold within two days of release. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... More of The Monkees is the second full-length album by The Monkees. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... RCA, formerly an initialism for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by RCA Trademark Management S.A. [1], owned by Thomson SA. The trademark is used by two companies for products descended from that common ancestor: Thomson SA, which manufactures consumer electronics like RCA-branded televisions... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg, 1938, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Last Train to Clarksville is a track from the Monkees 1966, self-titled debut album. ... (Im Not Your) Steppin Stone is a song by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart. ... Image File history File links The_Monkees_-_I'm_a_Believer. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... George Michael Dolenz, Jr. ... Jeff Barry (born Joel Adelberg, 1938, Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Ellie Greenwich (born 1940, Brooklyn, N.Y.) comprised one of the most prolific and successful Brill Building song writing and production teams in the early 1960s. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


Neil Diamond had already recorded this song before it was covered by the Monkees, and it still sometimes appears in his live concerts. This song was later covered by Smash Mouth and Eddie Murphy in 2001, as part of the soundtrack to the movie Shrek (the band also released the song on its self-titled album). Eddie Murphy, portraying the character "Donkey", also performed a rendition of the song in the film. The song was chosen for its opening line, "I thought love was only true in fairy tales," which matched the fairy tale motif of the film. "I'm a Believer" was a hit for both The Monkees and Smash Mouth. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the article on the baseball player Eddie Murphy, see Eddie Murphy (baseball player). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Smash Mouth album cover The San Jose, California rock band Smash Mouth held a contest on their website in the fall of 2000 to name their third album. ... For the article on the baseball player Eddie Murphy, see Eddie Murphy (baseball player). ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


A revised recording by Neil Diamond, featuring additional lyrics, appears on the album September Morn, whilst his original recording can be found on several albums, including his greatest hits album, The Essential Neil Diamond. A cover by British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt was an unlikely hit in the UK in 1974. In 1995, British comedian Vic Reeves teamed up with then-popular band EMF for a version which reached #3 on the UK singles chart; this cover is notable for its semi-comic inclusion of three solo drumbeats and a shout of "Oi!" between the first and second lines of the first and second verses. This addition to the song has permeated popular culture in the UK to the extent that it has become almost impossible for the original version to be played in public without the audience adding their own "Oi!". A nod to this version is included in Shrek; though the "Oi!" does not appear in any album version of Smash Mouth's cover, it is inserted into the the song when it is played in the film's finale, shouted by Snow White's Seven Dwarfs. The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Robert Wyatt (born Robert Wyatt-Ellidge, 28 January 1945, in Bristol) is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... James Jim Roderick Moir, more commonly known by the pseudonym Vic Reeves, (born January 24, 1959) is an English comedian, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). ... EMF is a British indie dance band which came to prominence at the end of the 1980s and the early 1990s. ... Snow White in her coffin, Theodor Hosemann, 1852. ...


Selected list of recorded versions

Preceded by
"Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (The Monkees version)
December 31, 1966
Succeeded by
"Kind of a Drag" by The Buckinghams
Preceded by
"Green Green Grass of Home" by Tom Jones
UK number one single
19 January 1967 for four weeks
Succeeded by
"This Is My Song" by Petula Clark

 
 

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