Got to Get You Off My Mind

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"Got to Get You Off My Mind"
Single by Solomon Burke
Released 1965
Recorded January 22, 1965
Genre Soul
Length 2:39
Label Atlantic
2276
Writer(s) Solomon Burke, Delores Burke, J.B. Moore
Producer(s) Jerry Wexler

"Got to Get You Off My Mind" is a 1965 soul single written and performed by Solomon Burke. The single was produced by Jerry Wexler,[1] and was the most successful of Burke's long career, becoming his highest-charting single on both the R&B and pop singles charts. "Got to Get You Off My Mind" was number one on Billboard's R&B Singles chart for three weeks and made the Top 40 on the pop singles chart.[2]

Background[edit]

Burke recorded the song, one of four during a recording session on January 22, 1965.[3][4] Written by Burke, his then wife, Delores Burke, and his Mother Josephine Burke Moore, "Got to Get You Off My Mind" was started on 11 December 1964, just hours after Burke heard that his friend Sam Cooke had been murdered, Burke and his second wife, Delores, the mother then of 11 of his children,[5] Burke explained the origin of "Got to Get You Off My Mind": “It was written in California the night of Sam Cooke’s death. I learned of Sam Cooke’s death after leaving him two hours prior to that. At the same time I learned about my wife wanting a divorce. A special delivery letter was at the desk waiting for me in the hotel... so all of these things came about very quickly and very drastically.” Burke completed the song on the train back to Chicago for Cooke's funeral.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 22
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (1993). The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits. Billboard Books:Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. p. 3. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 92. 
  3. ^ Atlantic Records Discography: 1965. Jazzdisco.org. Retrieved on 2011-04-07.
  4. ^ Red Kelly, "Solomon Burke – What Am I Living For (Bell 783)" (May 1, 2006)
  5. ^ David Cantwell, "Solomon Burke: Pennies from Heaven: Thirteen Ways of Looking at the King of Rock 'n' Soul", [1], The Long Way Around 66 (November – December 2006)