Reason to Believe

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"Reason to Believe" is a song written, composed, and first recorded by American folk singer Tim Hardin in 1965. It has since been recorded by artists including the Carpenters in 1970 and Rod Stewart in 1971 and 1993.

Tim Hardin version[edit]

After having had his recording contract terminated by Columbia Records, Tim Hardin achieved some success in the 1960s as a songwriter based in Greenwich Village. The original recording of "Reason to Believe" comes from Hardin's debut album, Tim Hardin 1, recorded in 1965 and released on the Verve Records label in 1966 when he was 25.[1]

Tim Hardin's original recording of the song is also on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Wonder Boys.

The Carpenters version[edit]

The Carpenters[2] recorded "Reason to Believe" for their second LP, Close to You, in 1970. On television, they performed it on The 5th Dimension Travelling Sunshine Show on August 18, 1971[3] and Make Your Own Kind of Music on September 7, 1971. [4] Richard Carpenter remixed the song for the release of the 1995 compilation, Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Rod Stewart versions[edit]

"Reason to Believe"
Maggiereason.jpg
German picture sleeve
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Every Picture Tells a Story
B-side "Maggie May"
Released July 1971
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1971
Length 4:10
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Tim Hardin
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"It's All Over Now"
(1970)
"Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May"
(1971)
"String Module Error: Match not found"
(String Module Error: Match not found)
"It's All Over Now"
(1970)
"Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May"
(1971)
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"

Background[edit]

Rod Stewart's version appeared on his 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story. It was the first single from the album with "Maggie May" as the B-side. "Reason to Believe" reached No. 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its own before the more popular B-side overtook it on its way to No. 1 on the chart.

A live version was released in 1993 on the album Unplugged...and Seated. Released as the second single from the album, it reached No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 1993 single includes a live version of "It's All Over Now", which was recorded during the MTV Unplugged performance but does not appear on the album.

Altogether, the two versions of "Reason to Believe" logged a total of 41 weeks on the Hot 100, more than any other Rod Stewart song.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Weekly charts (1971) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 62
US Cash Box Top 100[5] 80
US Record World Singles Chart[5] 29
Weekly charts (1993) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 22

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steven Wilcock. "Tim Hardin". Triste article. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Carpenters: Close To You album, 1970, Karen Carpenter, Richard Carpenter". Richardandkarencarpenter.com. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  4. ^ "カーペンターズ". Thecarpenters.tv. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  5. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2015). Top Pop Singles 1955 – 1996. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 587. ISBN 0-89820-123-3. 
  7. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography:Earth Music". Deaddisc.com. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  9. ^ "Grateful Dead Family Discography:Sunlight". Deaddisc.com. Retrieved 2016-09-04. 
  10. ^ Neil Young Covers Tim Hardin's 'Reason to Believe' at Farm Aid
  11. ^ Greene, Andy (18 April 2014). "Neil Young's New Covers Album Available Right Now: Surprise!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 

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Preceded by
"Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
2 October 1971 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher