Make Believe It's Your First Time
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"Make Believe It's Your First Time" is a song written by Bob Morrison and Johnny Wilson. Originally recorded by Bobby Vinton, the song was twice recorded by Karen Carpenter, both as a solo act and as a member of the Carpenters. It was also recorded by Dave & Sugar on their 1980 album New York Wine & Tennessee Shine.
Bobby Vinton version
Vinton's version was released as a single in late 1979 (backed with "I Remember Loving You") and reached No. 78 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 17 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It is Vinton's last Billboard Hot 100 entry to date and the second of two Vinton songs to have crossed over onto the country music singles chart (the other being 1970's "My Elusive Dreams").
Karen Carpenter versions
|"Make Believe It's Your First Time"|
|Single by Carpenters|
|from the album Voice of the Heart|
|B-side||"Look to Your Dreams"|
|Songwriter(s)||Bob Morrison; Johnny Wilson|
|Carpenters singles chronology|
Between 1979 and 1980, Karen Carpenter went to New York to record a solo album with Phil Ramone producing. "Make Believe It's Your First Time" was one of twenty tunes recorded. This version was ultimately shelved until 1996, with the release of her eponymous album, Karen Carpenter. Karen's solo version is far more subdued with only a piano, bass and drums as her accompaniment.
Voice of the Heart rendition
The Carpenters recorded this version of "Make Believe It's Your First Time" for their 1981 album Made in America. The song, like Karen's solo version, went unreleased in her lifetime and was not included on the album. After Karen's death in 1983, the song was placed on the Carpenters' next album, Voice of the Heart, and was released as a single. Richard Carpenter's arrangement uses far more instrumentation, adds a bridge written specifically for this version, key modulation during the last chorus, and the inclusion of background vocals.
- Karen Carpenter - lead vocals
- Richard Carpenter - keyboards
- Joe Osborn - bass guitar
- Ron Tutt - drums
- Tony Peluso - electric guitar
- Tim May - acoustic guitar
- Jay Dee Maness - pedal steel guitar
- Sheridon Stokes - flute
- Earle Dumler - oboe
- The O.K. Chorale - backing vocals
Bobby Vinton version
|Chart (1979–80)||Peak |
|US Billboard Hot Country Singles||86|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||17|
|US Billboard Hot 100||78|
|Chart (1983–84)||Peak |
|Canada RPM Adult Contemporary||2|
|UK Singles Chart||60|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||7|
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||101|
- "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1983-12-31. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
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