Gentle on My Mind (1967 Glen Campbell album)

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Gentle on My Mind
Studio album by Glen Campbell
Released August 1967
Recorded May 17 – July 13, 1967,
Capitol Recording Studio,
Hollywood, CA
Genre Folk
Length 27:57
Label Capitol Records
Producer Al De Lory
Glen Campbell chronology
Burning Bridges
(1967)
Gentle on My Mind
(1967)
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Gentle on My Mind is the sixth album by American singer-guitarist Glen Campbell, released in 1967 by Capitol Records.[1][2]

Background[edit]

The centerpiece of the album is "Gentle on My Mind". Campbell heard songwriter John Hartford's original version on the radio and fell in love with this song about memories of a lost love.[3] At the time, Campbell was under contract with Capitol Records as a solo artist but had little success in establishing a name for himself in the public eye. Campbell gathered some of his fellow session players from the famous "Wrecking Crew" gang (which included Leon Russell) to come into the Capitol studio to record a demo version that he could pitch to his producer. Between phrases and stanzas, Campbell would yell instructions to the players. He then left the rough recording for his producer to listen to. His producer fell in love, not only with the song, but with the recording itself. Without telling Campbell, he took the tape back into the studio and removed the unwanted verbiage from between the phrases. He then released the demo recording, which became a mega-hit for Campbell when it was released. Hartford’s inspiration for the song came from watching the film Dr. Zhivago. He would later remember, "I know watching the movie gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don't know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that it was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn't have been a hit. The song came real fast, in about 15 minutes. It was a blaze, a blur."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Gentle on My Mind" (John Hartford) – 2:56
  2. "Catch the Wind" (Donovan Phillips Leitch) – 2:15
  3. "It's Over" (Jimmie Rodgers) – 2:01
  4. "Bowling Green" (Terry Slater, Jackie Ertel) – 2:18
  5. "Just Another Man" (Glen Campbell, Joe Allison) – 2:10
  6. "You're My World" (Umberto Bindi, Carl Sigman, Gino Paoli) – 2:33
Side 2
  1. "The World I Used to Know " (Rod McKuen) – 2:23
  2. "Without Her" (Harry Nilsson) – 2:13
  3. "Mary in the Morning" (Michael Lendell, Johnny Cymbal) – 3:01
  4. "Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow" (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) – 2:39
  5. "Cryin'" (Joe Melson, Roy Orbison) – 2:51

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (United States)

Chart Entry date Peak position No. of weeks
Billboard Country Albums 10/07/67 1(2) 88
Billboard 200 12/02/1967 5 75

Singles – Billboard (United States)

Year Single Hot Country Singles Hot 100 Easy Listening
1967 "Gentle on My Mind" 30 62 -
1968 "Gentle on My Mind" re-release - 39 8

Awards[edit]

In 1967, Campbell won two Grammy Awards in the categories Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male for "Gentle on My Mind".[4] In 2008, "Gentle on My Mind" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gentle on My Mind". Allmusic. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sharpe, Jerry (January 22, 1978). "Williams Restful in Traditional Style". The Pittsburgh Press: 47. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Gentle on My Mind". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Glen Campbell Visits The Grammy Museum". The Recording Academy. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame". The Recording Academy. Retrieved October 31, 2012.