Friendly Persuasion (song)

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"Friendly Persuasion"
Published 1956
Composer(s) Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyricist(s) Paul Francis Webster

"Friendly Persuasion" is a popular song with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. It was published in 1956 and appeared in the 1956 film of the same name.[1]

The best-known version of the song was recorded that year by Pat Boone[2] and it reached the No. 5 position in the USA charts and No. 3 in the UK.[3] Another recording by The Four Aces followed Boone's in 1956[4] and reached number 45 peak position on Billboard's pop music chart.[5]

The title is an obvious play on words, since the film centers on a Quaker family, a religion known as the "Society Of Friends". Thus, they are said to be of the "Friendly" persuasion.

Bing Crosby recorded the song for his album Bing Crosby's Treasury - The Songs I Love (1968 version).

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album Soft and Beautiful (1969).[6]

The song was recently (2013) used in the BBC television production "Call the Midwife".


  1. ^ Friendly Persuation (1956) on Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ 45cat
  3. ^ Davies, Chris (1998). British and American Hit Singles. London, UK: BT Batsford. p. 493. ISBN 0-7134-8275-3. 
  4. ^ 45 cat
  5. ^ Billboard 3. Nov. 1956, p. 36, respectively Billboard 1. Sept. 1956, p. 44
  6. ^ AllMusic