Song of the Day, January 13: I’m A Believer by the Monkees

monkeesbelieverToday’s song provided a landmark in the careers of two very different talents. By the end of 1966, the Monkees were riding high. The “Pre-Fab Four” had a hit TV series, a monster #1 debut album, and a #1 debut single. For the band’s second album, More of the Monkees, their management team assembled a star-studded array of writers and producers. Jeff Barry stepped in to produce a couple of tracks, including one written by a largely unknown new talent named Neil Diamond.

Diamond had already recorded I’m A Believer, but had not yet released the album Just For You, which included it. The Monkees made the most of the delirious lyrics, with Mickey Dolenz turning in an exhilarating lead vocal. A perfect pop gem, it clocked in at under three minutes, celebrating new love with enthusiasm and joy. The single quickly hit number one on the last chart of 1966, lodging at the top for seven weeks and becoming the Monkees biggest hit. It’s also the most successful of Diamond’s compositions, staying at #1 longer than any of his own three chart-toppers.

Enjoy this classic hit today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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