Sweet Blindness

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"Sweet Blindness"
Single by The 5th Dimension
from the album Stoned Soul Picnic
B-side"Bobbie's Blues (Who Do You Think Of?)"
ReleasedSeptember 1968
LabelSoul City 768
Songwriter(s)Laura Nyro
Producer(s)Bones Howe
The 5th Dimension singles chronology
"Stoned Soul Picnic"
"Sweet Blindness"
"California Soul"

"Sweet Blindness" is a song written by Laura Nyro and released in 1968, and included on her Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.[1]


The song was a drinking song, that sounded old fashioned, and noted for its rhythm changes, as well as for its brass section. The song ends with the noted Count Basie piano riff before the brass holds a long jazzy cadenza.

The 5th Dimension recording[edit]

The best known version was recorded by The 5th Dimension later in 1968. It was featured on their 1968 album, Stoned Soul Picnic.[2] The song was produced by Bones Howe and arranged by Bill Holman, Bob Alcivar, Ray Pohlman, and Howe.[3] It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #45 on the U.S. R&B chart. Outside the US, "Sweet Blindness" went to #15 in Canada and #19 in Australia.[4]

Other versions[edit]

In media[edit]


  1. ^ "discogs.com". discogs.com. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  2. ^ The 5th Dimension, Stoned Soul Picnic Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  3. ^ The 5th Dimension, "Sweet Blindness" single release Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  4. ^ The 5th Dimension, "Sweet Blindness" Chart Positions Retrieved January 17, 2015.