Pretend (song)

"Pretend" is a popular song, written in 1952 by Dan Belloc, Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman and Frank Levere.

The best-known recording, by Nat King Cole[1] was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2346. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on January 31, 1953 and lasted 20 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 3.[2] It also reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1953, just behind Frankie Laine's chart topping hit, "I Believe". Cole would later re-record the song for his 1961 album The Nat King Cole Story.

The recording by Ralph Marterie was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 70045. It reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on February 7, 1953 at No. 16, its only week on the chart.[2]

The recording by Eileen Barton was released by Coral Records as catalog number 60927. It reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on March 7, 1953 at No. 18, its only week on the chart. [2]

On the Cash Box charts, where all versions of the song were combined, the song reached a peak of No. 5 in 1953.

The song was subsequently recorded by Tab Smith, reaching No. 89 on the Billboard chart in 1957, and by Carl Mann (issued as catalog number 3546 by Philips International), reaching No. 57 on Billboard and #56 on Cash Box in 1959.

Alvin Stardust's cover version was a popular hit in the United Kingdom in 1981, when it reached number four in the UK Singles Chart. This cover was largely based on Carl Mann's 1959 version of this song.

Recorded versions


  1. Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 22 - Smack Dab in the Middle on Route 66: A skinny dip in the easy listening mainstream. [Part 1]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. Track 4.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
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  4. "Tielman Brothers". Discogs. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  5. Johnny Preston, Running Bear Discogs, Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  6. Buzz Clifford, "My Girl" single release,, Retrieved January 20, 2016.
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