I Believe In Music

Album: I Believe In Music (1971)
Charted: 117
  • The title track of Mac Davis' second album, he recalled the story of the song to Billboard magazine. "There was a saying I saw somewhere on an old piece of folk art: 'God respects you when you work, but he loves you when you sing.' I thought somewhere down the line I had to use that idea."

    "I happened to be in England doing a television special for the BBC, and they put me on Lulu's television show. She was married to Maurice Gibb. They had a wrap party afterwards. They asked me if I wanted to join them in a séance. This was back in 1970 or 1971, and I said no. They said, 'You don't believe in the occult?' I said, 'No, I believe in music.'"

    "There was Maurice's guitar sitting there, and when I got back to the hotel, I finished it up. I still have the original paper from the hotel. I've got it framed. I did use that line in there: 'Lift your voices to the sky, God loves you when you sing.' That epitomized the whole song. That's what music is about."
  • The song was covered by several other artists in the early 1970s, including the Detroit pop band Gallery in 1972, who had a #22 Hot 100 hit with it.
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