"Reason to Believe" is a song written and first recorded by American folk singer Tim Hardin in 1965, which has since been recorded by a number of other artists, such as Carpenters, who performed the song from the beginning of the group and recorded it for their second album, 1970s multi-platinum Close to You The best-known version of the song is by Rod Stewart, in 1971 and 1993.
After having had his recording contract terminated by Columbia Records, Tim Hardin achieved some success in the 1960s as a songwriter based in Greenwich Village. The original recording of "Reason to Believe" comes from Hardin's debut album, Tim Hardin 1, recorded in 1965 and released on the Verve Records label in 1966 when he was 25.
Tim Hardin's original recording of the song is also on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Wonder Boys.
Rod Stewart's version is the best-known one, released in 1971 on the Every Picture Tells a Story album, reaching #62 on its own before the flip, Stewart's signature song "Maggie May", overtook it on its way to top the Billboard Hot 100.
A live version was released in 1993, when it received considerable airplay as part of his MTV Unplugged appearance and subsequent Unplugged...and Seated album. It re-charted, reaching number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Altogether "Reason to Believe" has logged a total of 41 weeks on the Hot 100, more than any other Rod Stewart single.
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The Carpenters recorded "Reason to Believe" for their second LP, Close to You, in 1970. On television, they performed it on the The 5th Dimension Traveling Sunshine Show on August 18, 1971 and Make Your Own Kind of Music on September 7, 1971. Richard Carpenter remixed the song for the release of the 1995 compilation, Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration.
- Bobby Darin released a version on his If I Were a Carpenter LP on Atlantic Records in 1966, along with other Hardin songs ("Misty Roses" and "If I Were a Carpenter").
- The Youngbloods recorded "Reason to Believe" for their second LP, Earth Music, in 1967. It was re-released on the compilation album, Sunlight, in 1971.
- Scott McKenzie recorded the song for his San Francisco album, released in 1967.
- Ricky Nelson recorded it for his album Another Side of Rick, released in 1967.
- Jackie DeShannon recorded the song for her 1967 album Me About You.
- Marianne Faithfull recorded the song for her 1967 album Love in a Mist.
- Hearts & Flowers, on their 1967 LP Now Is the Time for Hearts and Flowers.
- Peter, Paul and Mary recorded it on their Late Again album, released in 1968.
- Cher recorded it for her Backstage album, released in 1968.
- Glen Campbell recorded the song for his 1968 album Wichita Lineman.
- The Dillards recorded a version for their 1968 album Wheatstraw Suite.
- One of the foreign-language groups who covered this song was the Dutch band Brainbox in 1969.
- Mason Williams recorded the song for his 1970 album Handmade.
- Ramblin' Jack Elliott recorded the song for his 1970 album Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks.
- Andy Williams released a version in 1970 on his album, Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head.
- Skeeter Davis recorded it on her 1971 album Bring It on Home.
- Arik Einstein recorded it on his 1972 album Yasmin.
- Lynn Anderson recorded it on her 1972 album Listen to a Country Song.
- Johnny Cash recorded it on his 1975 album John R. Cash.
- Eugene Chadbourne recorded it on his 1987 album Camper Van Chadbourne.
- The American vocal group Wilson Phillips recorded a version of the song for their self-titled debut album, Wilson Phillips, released in 1990.
- Don Williams recorded it for his 1995 album Borrowed Tales.
- Vonda Shepard recorded it for the 1997 Ally McBeal soundtrack album entitled Ally McBeal: For Once in My Life.
- Swedish singer-songwriter Stina Nordenstam recorded a stripped-down rock version of the song for her cover album, People Are Strange, released in 1998.
- Billy Bragg recorded a live version which appears on the 2006 reissue of Workers Playtime.
- Aled Jones recorded a version which appears on the 2007 album Reason to Believe.
- Although they had not yet released a recording of it as of Summer 2009, Crosby, Stills & Nash were performing it live during their 2009 U.S. concert tour.
- Karen Dalton on the album 1966 (Delmore Recordings 2012).
- Rickie Lee Jones recorded a version on her album The Devil You Know, released in 2012.
- Neil Young played a version at Farm Aid 2013. He recorded this song on his 2014 album A Letter Home.
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