Got My Mind Set on You
"Got My Mind Set on You" is a song written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962, An edited version of the song was released later in the year as a single on the Dynamic Sound label. In 1987, George Harrison released a cover version of the song as a single, and released it on his album, Cloud Nine.
George Harrison version
|"Got My Mind Set on You"|
UK picture sleeve
|Single by George Harrison|
|from the album Cloud Nine|
|B-side||"Lay His Head"|
|Released||October 12, 1987|
|Recorded||Friar Park Studios Oxford 1987|
|Genre||Rock, pop rock|
|Length||3:51 (original version)
5:17 (extended version)
|Label||Dark Horse Records|
|Producer(s)||Jeff Lynne, George Harrison|
|George Harrison singles chronology|
Of Harrison's three number-one singles in the US, it was the only song not written by Harrison and the only one without religious overtones. Not only was this the last US number 1 hit by Harrison, but from any of the ex-Beatles in the US. When the song hit number 1, it broke a three-way tie among Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, all of whom had two number 1 hit singles as solo artists. Paul McCartney leads in this category, among the ex-Beatles, with nine number 1 hits in the US. The single's B-side is "Lay His Head", written by Harrison. The 12-inch version of the single also adds an extended version of "Got My Mind Set On You". The single was also featured on his November 1987 album Cloud Nine. The song happened to be the #1 single in the US the week immediately preceding the induction of the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Harrison one of the few inductees to have an active single on the U.S. record charts at the time of induction.
The song was included in the Harrison compilation albums Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 (1989) and Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison (2009). A live version was recorded for his Live in Japan (1992) album.
In 2010, AOL radio listeners chose "Got My Mind Set on You" as one of the 10 Best George Harrison Songs, appearing at number 4 on the list.
Three music videos were released for the cover version.
The second, also directed by Weis, is Harrison sitting and playing in a study. As the song progresses, furniture and knick-knacks (like a stuffed squirrel, sentient chainsaw, and mounted stag and warthog) begin to dance along with the song. In the middle of the video, Harrison (through the use of a stunt double) performs a backflip from his chair and follows it with a dance routine before jumping back to his seat.
The third featured Harrison and a band on stage with cogs wheels in the background.
Other covers and parodies
Shakin' Stevens recorded the song for his 2006 album Now Listen.
|Australian Kent Music Report||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||8|
|French SNEP Top 100 Singles Chart||19|
|German Singles Chart||7|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Japanese Oricon Singles Chart||64|
|Norway VG-lista Singles Chart||10|
|Swedish Singles Chart||10|
|Swiss Singles Chart||11|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||1|
-  AOL, 2010.
- "George Harrison - "Got My Mind Set on You [version 1: nickelodeon]"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "George Harrison - "Got my mind set on you [version 2: chair]"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- Steffen Hung. "austriancharts.com George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "Search by Artist > George Harrison", irishcharts.ie (retrieved 11 April 2014).
- "George Harrison - Chart Archives on the Japanese Oricon Top 100". Homepage1.nifty.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "George Harrison - Chart Archives in the UK". Homepage1.nifty.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- "George Harrison - Chart Archives on the Billboard Hot 100". Homepage1.nifty.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 112.
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