Interesting Covers – “I’m A Believer”

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m A Believer is a song penned by Neil Diamond and made a forever signature classic by The Monkees way back in 1966.  The song went gold in 2 days, hitting number 1 in December 1966 and was the biggest selling single of 1967.  It is also one of only 40 songs to sell 10 million physical copies (source:Wikipedia).  Amazing numbers for so long ago.  Needless to say that success bred many attempts at duplication, of which I will note four.  Don’t forget to vote for the one you like best.

First we have British singer Robert Wyatt who made it a UK hit in 1974.  The band he was with had some power with Andy Summers (Police) on guitar and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) on drums.  The video is a live performance on Tops Of The Pops and was his first appearance after an accident left him a paraplegic.

Robert Wyatt

Next up we have my favourite version by Smash Mouth.  Why you say?  Simple, Shrek is one of my all time favourite movies. Eddie Murphy is also featured on the tune, recorded in 2001.

Smash Mouth

Third, we have the man, Neil Diamond.  he sings his song live in 2008.  Nicely done Neil.

Neil Diamond

And last, the original.

The Monkees

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