Got My Mind Set on You

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"I've Got My Mind Set on You"
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B-side label of US single
Single by James Ray with Hutch Davie Orchestra & Chorus
A-side"Always"
Released8 December 1962
Recorded1962
GenreRock, pop rock
Length3:26
LabelDynamic Sound
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark
Producer(s)Hutch Davie

"Got My Mind Set on You" (also written as "(Got My Mind) Set on You") is a song written and composed by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962, under the title "I've Got My Mind Set on You". An edited version of the song was released later in the year as a single on the Dynamic Sound label credited to James Ray with Hutch Davie Orchestra & Chorus.

In 1987, George Harrison released a cover version of the song as a single, and released it on his album Cloud Nine, which he had recorded on his own Dark Horse Records label.

George Harrison version[edit]

"Got My Mind Set on You"
Got My Mind Set on You.jpg
US picture sleeve
Single by George Harrison
from the album Cloud Nine
B-side"Lay His Head"
Released12 October 1987
RecordedJanuary–August 1987
StudioFriar Park Studios, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
GenreRock, pop rock
Length3:50
LabelDark Horse
Songwriter(s)Rudy Clark
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne, George Harrison
George Harrison singles chronology
"Shanghai Surprise"
(1986)
"Got My Mind Set on You"
(1987)
"When We Was Fab"
(1988)
Music video
"Got My Mind Set on You" ver. 1 on YouTube
Music video
"Got My Mind Set on You" ver. 2 on YouTube

The first time Harrison heard the song was during a visit to his sister in the United States in 1963–five months before the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. His sister lived in the countryside of Illinois. While there, Harrison visited record shops and bought a variety of albums. One was James Ray's 1962 album that contained the song "I've Got My Mind Set on You." In January 1987, Harrison began recording the song at his Friar Park home studio, with Jeff Lynne producing and playing bass and keyboards, Jim Keltner on drums, Jim Horn on sax, and Ray Cooper on percussion.[1]

Of Harrison's three number-one singles in the US, it was both the only song not written or composed by Harrison himself. Not only was it the last US No. 1 hit by Harrison, but, as of 2019, the last from any of the ex-Beatles in the US. When the song hit No. 1, it broke a three-way tie between Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, all of whom had two No. 1 hit singles as solo artists (discounting Paul McCartney's work with Wings). It also happened to be the No. 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 US record charts at the time of induction. Billboard ranked the song as No. 3 for 1988.[2]

The single's B-side is "Lay His Head", a remixed version of the unreleased song from Harrison's originally intended Somewhere in England album. The 12-inch version of the single also adds an extended version of "Got My Mind Set on You".

In the UK, the single spent four weeks at number two. It was kept off the number 1 spot by T'Pau's "China in Your Hand" becoming the 5th best selling single of 1987.

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.[3]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were released for the single, both directed by Gary Weis. The first features Alexis Denisof trying to win the heart of a girl in an amusement arcade. While the girl watches Harrison and his band (including Jeff Lynne) in a movie viewer, the young man tries to win a toy ballerina for the girl. He succeeds, but the ballerina somehow drops into Harrison's performance, to the girl's amusement.[4]

The second video, inspired by the then-recently released comedy horror film Evil Dead II, depicts Harrison playing a guitar while seated in a study.[5] As the song progresses, furniture and knick-knacks (including a stuffed squirrel, sentient chainsaw, a statue, and mounted stag and warthog), begin to sing or 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 second video received significant airplay and was nominated for three MTV VMAs.[5]

Personnel[edit]

This is the personnel as listed.[6]

Track listing[edit]

7"
  1. "Got My Mind Set on You" – 3:51
  2. "Lay His Head" – 3:51
12"
  1. "Got My Mind Set on You" (Extended Version) – 5:17
  2. "Got My Mind Set on You" – 3:51
  3. "Lay His Head" – 3:51

Other covers and parodies[edit]

Harrison's version of the song was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his 1988 album Even Worse, as "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long" poking fun at the repetitive nature of the lyrics.

Shakin' Stevens recorded the song for his 2006 album Now Listen. Irish singer Lee Matthews covered it in his 2015 album It's a Great Day to Be Alive. British entertainer and musician, Warren James, performed the song following his 2003 live performance for the show business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats—an organisation that Harrison was an active member of.

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Sweden (GLF)[40] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1988
  3. ^ [2] AOL, 2010.
  4. ^ "George Harrison - "Got My Mind Set on You [version 1: nickelodeon]"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "George Harrison - "Got my mind set on you [version 2: chair]"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Jackson, Andrew (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers. Scarecrow Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-8108-8222-5.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. Note: This reference gives Australian albums and singles information. It is used for chart peak positions as early materials were released before ARIA regulated the Australian charts itself (1989).
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  28. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – 1987". Cash Box Charts. Cash Box Magazine. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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  32. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 47, No. 12, December 26 1987". RPM Magazine. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  33. ^ "Gallup Year End Charts 1987: Singles". Record Mirror. London, England: Spotlight Publications. January 23, 1988. p. 36.
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Singles 1988". Kent Music Report. ARIA Charts. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
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  42. ^ Womack, Kenneth (June 30, 2014). Beatles Encyclopedia, The: Everything Fab Four. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313391729.

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