Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?

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"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - Lovin' Spoonful.jpg
Single by The Lovin' Spoonful
from the album Do You Believe in Magic
B-side "Didn't Want to Have to Do It"
Released April 30, 1966
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:00
Label Kama Sutra 209
Songwriter(s) John Sebastian
Producer(s) Erik Jacobsen
The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology
"Daydream"
(1966)
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
(1966)
"Summer in the City"
(1966)
"Daydream"
(1966)
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?"
(1966)
"Summer in the City"
(1966)

"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" is a song written by John Sebastian and first released by his band The Lovin' Spoonful on their 1965 debut album Do You Believe in Magic. It was the second single released from the album and the most successful, reaching #2 on the American Billboard charts on the week of June 11, 1966 (#1 being "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones). It also reached #2 in Canada. In New Zealand, the song charted at #5.[1]

The song has continued to be popular and has been included in many compilations of music of the period. In 1996, Denny's restaurants used the song for their $1.99 breakfasts.[2]

The Christian parody band ApologetiX included a parody, "Did You Ever Ask Where Cain Got His Wife?" on their 2010 album Soundprooof.

In the 1999 film Dudley Do-Right, this song is given a big-band style arrangement, and it starts off with a swing dance battle between Snidely Whiplash and Dudley for Nell Fenwick, and evolves into a big production number. The lead vocals in this version are by Steve Tyrell.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Music Viewpoint;Restart Me Up;In Today'S Music For Advertising, Everything Old Is New, And Everything New Is Old. What'S Goin' On? | Opinion - Adage". Creativity-online.com. 1996-05-01. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  3. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  5. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Herbie-Hancock-Blow-Up/release/4895839 Track listing for Blowup soundtrack CD