I Believe (1953)

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Frankie Laine (born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio March 30, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, died February 6, 2007 in San Diego, California.)

The son of Sicilian immigrants, Frankie Laine is considered one of the most distinctive and popular American singers of the 1950s. He earned more than 20 gold records, and sold over 100 million records.

According to Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh's book 1000 UK Number One Hits, Frankie Laine said, "['I Believe'] accomplished an awful lot in its day because it said all the things that need to be said in a prayer and yet it didn't use any of the holy words - Lord, God, Him, His, Thine, Thou. It said it all and it changed the whole spectrum of faith songs."

Chart position: #2 (US), #1 (UK).

It holds the record for the most weeks spent at number one on 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 UK.

Written by:
Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman.

Drake also wrote the songs "Good Morning Heartache" for Billie Holiday and "It Was A Very Good Year" for Frank Sinatra.

"I Believe" was commissioned 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 conflict in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith.

Also by: Elvis Presley, whose version was released on his first gospel collection, the four-song EP Peace In The Valley, in 1957. It reached #3 in the US, and was certified platinum.

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