Losing My Mind

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For other uses, see Losing My Mind (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Lose My Mind.

"Losing My Mind" is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1971 musical Follies for the character of a former showgirl Sally Durant Plummer.

Follies[edit]

"Losing My Mind" was first performed by Dorothy Collins in the role of "Sally Durant Plummer" in the original Broadway production of Follies.[1] Other performers who have sung the song in later productions of Follies include Barbara Cook (1985), Julia McKenzie (1987), Donna McKechnie (1998), Judith Ivey (2001), Victoria Clark (2007),[1] and Bernadette Peters (2011).

The song has been covered by many artists including Shirley Bassey and Michael Ball.

The song was written as a torch song for the character of Sally to sing in the "Loveland" portion of the musical. The song "expresses her preoccupation with Ben, her idealized lover...With infinite attention to detail, Sondheim leads Sally from sunrise to sleepless night, revealing that every second of her existence is defined by her longing...the number ...explores the extent to which she has lost herself in this make-believe world of undying desire."[2] As originally staged, Sally comes onstage in a "clinging, beaded silver" dress, holding a microphone.[3] The "cute" Sally from Phoenix "has become a languid torch singer." She repeats her lines, reflecting "the paralysis about which she sings...the phrase 'It's like I'm losing my mind' occurs no less than six times."[3]

Liza Minnelli/Pet Shop Boys version[edit]

"Losing My Mind"
Single by Liza Minnelli
from the album Results
Released 5 August 1989
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1988/89
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:09 (7")
Label EpicZEE 1
Writer(s) Stephen Sondheim
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys, Julian Mendelsohn
Liza Minnelli singles chronology
"For You, Armenia"
(1988)
"Losing My Mind"
(1989)
"Don't Drop Bombs"
(1989)

In the UK Singles Chart, the most successful version has been by Liza Minnelli, reaching number six. It was the lead single from her 1989 album, Results, produced by Pet Shop Boys and Julian Mendelsohn. The 12" release peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Maxi Singles Sales chart. It also peaked at number twenty-six on the American dance chart.[4]

Pet Shop Boys' demo version of "Losing My Mind" (which has Neil Tennant singing the vocal) was later remixed and released as a B-side on the Pet Shop Boys' single, "Jealousy". This demo version contains a scream that Minnelli opted not to include on her release.

Track listings[edit]

7" Epic / ZEE 1 (UK)
  1. "Losing My Mind" (7" mix) – 4:09
  2. "Tonight Is Forever" – 5:03
  • also released on MC (ZEE M1)
12" Epic / ZEE T1 (UK)
  1. "Losing My Mind" (extended mix) – 7:01
  2. "Losing My Mind" (7" mix) – 4:09
  3. "Tonight Is Forever" – 5:03
  • also available on CD (ZEE C1)
12" Epic / 49-68858 (US)
  1. "Losing My Mind" (extended remix) – 7:01
  2. "Losing My Mind" (7" mix) – 4:09
  3. "Losing My Mind" (Ultimix) – 7:32
  4. "Losing My Mind" (Ultimix dub) – 5:07

Chart[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 7
UK Singles Chart[7] 6

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b " Follies', 1971 Broadway Production" SondheimGuide.com, accessed June 7, 2011
  2. ^ Gordon, Joanne Lesley. 'Follies' Art isn't easy: the theater of Stephen Sondheim, Da Capo Press, 1992, ISBN 0-306-80468-9 , pp. 114–115
  3. ^ a b Goodhart, Sandor."The End of Ever After" Reading Stephen Sondheim; A Collection of Critical Essays, Taylor & Francis, 2000, ISBN 0-8153-2832-X, p. 23
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 177. 
  5. ^ "Ireland singles charts". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-05-13. 
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=16700
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, 1992 sondheimguide.com, accessed August 30, 2010
  10. ^ Concerts-Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim, 2005 sondheimguide.com, accessed August 30, 2010
  11. ^ "Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, March 15, 2010" nyphil.org, accessed June 7, 2011

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