Theme From “Greatest American Hero” (Believe It Or Not) – Joey Scarbury | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#2) & Adult Contemporary (#3); 1981

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Joey Scarbury owed much of his success to three very important people: songwriter Jim Webb, songwriter/arranger/producer Mike Post, and his mom. Mother Scarbury was singing the praises of her 14-year-old son one day at the furniture store where she worked; praises overheard by Jim Webb’s father. Dad Webb introduced Joey to his famous songwriter son, Jim (Wichita Lineman, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, and Up-Up And Away, plus many others). He, in turn, tapped Joey to sing his song She Never Smiles Anymore. Smiles bombed and Mixed Up Guy, another Webb composition, only reached #73 in 1971. Still, Joey soldiered on, singing backup for other artists and recording for numerous labels. Along the way he also sang on Mike Post recording sessions which led to vocal chores for a new Post project; the theme for an ABC-TV series called The Greatest American Hero. Although the show failed to hit home, while Joey’s recording hit a home run.

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Produced by:

  • Mike Post

Lyrics Written by:

  • Mike Post
  • Stephen Geyer