If I Were a Carpenter (song)
|"If I Were a Carpenter"|
|Single by Four Tops|
|from the album Reach Out|
|Producer(s)||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier|
|Four Tops singles chronology|
"If I Were a Carpenter" is a song written by Tim Hardin. Hardin's own recording of the piece appeared on his 1967 album Tim Hardin 2. It was one of two songs from that release (the other being "Misty Roses") performed by Hardin at Woodstock in 1969. The song has been covered a number of times by other artists.
- In 1966, it was a top ten hit for Bobby Darin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Bobby Darin also had an album If I Were a Carpenter, which contained the song.
- In 1967 Joan Baez covered a gender-reversed version on her album Joan, initially renamed "If You Were a Carpenter" though later compilations reverted to the original title.
- In 1968, The Four Tops hit the Top 20 on both the pop and soul charts with their version. It also reached number eight in the UK charts in 1968 staying in the charts for 11 weeks. It reached number four in the Netherlands.
- In 1970 a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter went to number 2 on the country chart.
- In 1972, a cover by Bob Seger reached number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was released from his album Smokin' O.P.'s.
Four Tops version
- Lead vocals by Levi Stubbs
- Background vocals by Duke Fakir, Obie Benson and Lawrence Payton
- Additional background vocals by The Andantes
- Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers
Robert Plant version
|"If I Were a Carpenter"|
|Single by Robert Plant|
|from the album Fate of Nations|
- Robert Plant – lead vocals
- Maartin Allcock – mandolin
- Chris Hughes – drums
- Phil Johnstone – harmonium
- Charlie Jones – bass guitar
- Kevin Scott MacMichael – guitar
- Lynton Naiff – string arrangement
|UK Singles Chart||63|
Johnny Hallyday version (in French)
|"Si j'étais un charpentier"|
|Single by Johnny Hallyday|
|Songwriter(s)||French adaptation: Long Chris|
|Johnny Hallyday singles chronology|
7" EP Philips 437.281 BE (1966)
- A1. "Si j'étais un charpentier" – 2:15
- A2. "On s'est trompé" – 2:40
- B1. "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" – 2:50
- B2. "La fille à qui je pense" – 2:57
- "Si j'étais un charpentier" / "Je veux te graver dans ma vie" / "La fille à qui je pense"
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||3|
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