US single cover
|Single by The Monkees|
|from the album The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees|
|Released||October 25, 1967|
|Recorded||June 14 & August 9, 1967
RCA Victor Studios
|The Monkees singles chronology|
"Daydream Believer" is a song composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. The song was originally recorded by The Monkees, with Davy Jones singing lead vocals. The single hit the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1967, remaining there for four weeks, and peaked at number five in the UK Singles Chart. It was the Monkees' last number one hit in the U.S. In 1979, "Daydream Believer" was recorded by Canadian singer Anne Murray, whose version reached number three on the U.S. country singles chart and number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has been recorded by others including a 1971 version by John Stewart.
The Monkees version
Producer Chip Douglas was friends with John Stewart and ran into him at a party at Hoyt Axton's home in Hollywood's Laurel Canyon. Douglas told Stewart that he was now producing the Monkees and asked if he had any songs that might work for the group. Stewart offered "Daydream Believer" (which had already been turned down by the We Five and Spanky and Our Gang). The song had originally written by Stewart as part of a suburban trilogy of songs in a folk style. When Douglas heard the song he knew it could be a hit, but, according to Stewart, RCA Records (Colgems Records distributor) had a problem with the word "funky" (the original lyric in the second stanza was: "You once thought of me as a white knight on a steed, Now you know how funky I can be"). RCA wanted to change the word to "happy" and Douglas asked Stewart if he could live with that. At first Stewart refused because the change made no sense in the context of the song, but relented after realizing it could well be a hit recording.
"Daydream Believer" was recorded during the sessions for their 1967 album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., but was ultimately included on their 1968 album The Birds, The Bees & the Monkees. All four Monkees appear on the track, with Michael Nesmith on lead guitar, Peter Tork on piano (he created the catchy piano introduction; the orchestral arrangement was created by noted jazz trumpeteer and composer, Shorty Rogers, who included the same seven-note phrase preceding the chorus that can be heard on the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda") and Micky Dolenz on backing vocals. Davy Jones was not sure of the song's potential at first, and admitted later that he had recorded the vocal with a hint of annoyance at the ongoing takes. His feelings changed when the song became a hit.
In 1986, three of the four Monkees (Dolenz, Jones, and Tork) mounted a successful reunion tour and had a major hit with the newly recorded "That Was Then, This Is Now." Arista Records, which owned the Monkees' masters at the time, re-released "Daydream Believer" as a follow-up single, remixed with a heavier drum track by Michael Lloyd who had produced "That Was Then, This Was Now".
|Australian Singles Chart||2|
|Austrian Singles Chart ||7|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||8|
|German Singles Chart||4|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Japanese Oricon Singles Chart||4|
|Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart ||2|
|Swiss Singles Chart ||10|
|UK Singles Chart||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||79|
"Incense and Peppermints"
by Strawberry Alarm Clock
|Billboard Hot 100
number one single
December 2–23, 1967
by The Beatles
John Stewart version
John Stewart first recorded his own version of "Daydream Believer" with producer Chip Douglas for Capitol Records in 1969 as part of sessions for an aborted album. The song's recording was never released. Finally, his own version of "Daydream Believer" was released as part of his 1971 album The Lonesome Picker Rides Again produced by his brother "Michael Stewart (musician)" (co-creator and an original member of the group, "We Five"). It stood in stark contrast to the popular Monkees single: it was slower and more folkish, and contained many lyrical differences. Most notably, it restored "funky" to where "happy" had been inserted, and referred to the shaving razor as "old" rather than "cold". Also, in refrains near the end, he repeatedly substituted words to mock the established lyrics, beginning with "...to a Lonesome Picker and a homecoming queen," then "...to an old surfer drummer and a homecoming queen," then "...to old Nashville Carter and a homecoming queen," and ultimately "...to a daydream deceiver and an old closet queen." In interviews, Stewart described that he originally envisioned the song as demonstrating the process of a relationship where at the start, both parties are in an idealistic haze, but later artifice falls away and each are confronted with their real selves, thus it's this point where love is really proven. Hence his initial insistence on the adjective "funky," as if to suggest his lover has grown to accept his less-pleasant aspects.
Anne Murray version
|Single by Anne Murray|
|from the album I'll Always Love You|
|B-side||"Do You Think Of Me?"|
|Producer(s)||Jim Ed Norman|
|Anne Murray singles chronology|
Anne Murray recorded a cover version of "Daydream Believer" and included it on her Platinum-certified 1979 album, I'll Always Love You. The following year, Murray's single became her eighth number 1 hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, and number twelve on the pop chart. In addition the Anne Murray version peaked at number three on the country chart. She re-released the song as a duet with Nelly Furtado on her 2007 album, Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||17|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||12|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
"Give It All You Got" by Chuck Mangione
|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
March 1, 1980
"Give It All You Got" by Chuck Mangione
by Barbara Mandrell
|RPM Country Tracks
March 22, 1980
"My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"
by Willie Nelson
- Classics IV on their 1968 album Spooky
- Four Tops on their 1968 album Yesterday's Dreams
- Lobo on his 1974 album Just a Singer
- Boyzone on their 1994 album Love Me For a Reason
- Jiri Korn as "Žádný Strach (Já To Zvládnu)"Czech on his 1984 album 24 Stop
- Shane Richie on his 1998 album The Album
- Kevin Rowland on his 1998 album My Beauty
- Shonen Knife on their 1998 album "Happy Hour"
- Olsen Brothers on their 2002 album Songs
- Daniel O'Donnell on his 2004 album The Jukebox Years
- Alvin and the Chipmunks on the iTunes deluxe edition of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Susan Boyle on her 2009 album I Dreamed a Dream
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1967 (U.S.)
- List of number-one singles of 1968 (Ireland)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1980 (U.S.)
- "You can tell from the vocal that I was pissed off!" Davy Jones, The Monkees Tale, Last Gasp Press, 1986
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- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 242.
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