Have You Never Been Mellow (song)

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"Have You Never Been Mellow"
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Have You Never Been Mellow
Released January 21, 1975
Format 7"
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:31
Label MCA
Writer(s) John Farrar
Producer(s) John Farrar
Certification Gold (US)
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology
"I Honestly Love You"
"Have You Never Been Mellow"
"Please Mr. Please"

"Have You Never Been Mellow" is a popular song written by John Farrar and recorded by Olivia Newton-John as the title track for her album of the same name.

History and release[edit]

In March 1975, the single became Newton-John's second consecutive number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart.[1] "Have You Never Been Mellow" continued Newton-John's success as a crossover artist when it peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Singles chart.[2]

The record also received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

In the United States, it was Newton-John's fourth straight single to be certified gold for sales of one million copies.[3] "Have You Never Been Mellow" also reached number one in Canada and peaked at number 10 in Australia and number 26 in Japan, but was not much of a success elsewhere in the world, failing to chart altogether in the United Kingdom.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Australian Kent Music Report 10
Recording Industry Association of New Zealand 9

Cover versions[edit]

The song was performed as part of the 2007 Broadway musical Xanadu.

Along with her later single "Xanadu", a remixed version by The Olivia Project appears in the Dance Dance Revolution series of video games.

The Dutch band Party Animals sampled the song in 1996 on their hit "Have You Ever Been Mellow". The song reached number one on the Netherlands singles chart.

The punk band the Feederz covered the song on their 1984 debut album "Ever Feel Like Killing Your Boss?". The Nip Drivers was another punk band that covered it.

Australian singer James Reyne covered the song (titled simply, "Mellow") on his 2004 release "Speedboats for Breakfast." His version is a raucous, punk-influenced take on the song. (Reyne and Newton-John shared the same management in the late '80s and early '90s, and Newton-John sang backing vocals on Reyne's solo debut album.)

Belgian liquid drum & bass prodigy Netsky sampled the song on his 2010 debut album 'Netsky' (Hospital Records), using the vocals of Terri Pace on the song 'Mellow'.

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes covered the song on their all Australian covers 2011 EP, Go Down Under.[4]

French cover and A side single by Nicole Rieu : "Ma maison au bord de l'eau", 1975.[5]

In 2001, Japanese singer and voice actress Rie Tanaka recorded the song (in English) for her album garnet. Olivia's original version had been a big hit in Japan in 1975.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 181. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 248. 
  3. ^ "American single certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Have You Never Been Mellow". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ "Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under (EP Review) - Stereoboard UK". stereoboard.com. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.encyclopedisque.fr/disque/12182.html
Preceded by
"Best of My Love" by Eagles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 8, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers
RPM Top Singles number-one single
March 8 - March 22, 1975 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Preceded by
"Poetry Man" by Phoebe Snow
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single by Olivia Newton-John
March 8, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"I've Been This Way Before" by Neil Diamond
Preceded by
"Everybody's Going to the Country" by Hank Smith
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
April 12, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"The Pill" by Loretta Lynn