March 2012

I'm A Believer

Neil Diamond wrote The Monkees' #1 hit

When I heard this week that Davy Jones had died, I was filled with sadness. I couldn’t believe it. Another icon of my childhood was gone. Davy Jones was one of my first major crushes, him and Donny Osmond. I remember watching “The Monkees” as a child in the 1960s, and again when MTV re-aired the series in the 1980s.

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, this is a Neil Diamond blog, why is she talking about The Monkees? Well, as any Neil Diamond fan knows, Diamond wrote one of The Monkees’ greatest hits. Diamond wrote “I’m A Believer” in 1966, and The Monkees recorded it in November of that year. “I’m A Believer” hit number one on the Billboard charts in December, just a few weeks after its release, and remained on the charts for seven weeks. It was the last number one song of 1966, and the best-selling song for 1967. It was also a number one hit in the United Kingdom.