GEORGE HARRISON I GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU

Released in 1988, Harrison"s peppy reimagined cover provided him un chart-topping comeback—the final for a former Beatle


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George Harrison in ~ the 1988 Rock n roll Hall of fame Induction awareness circa mil novecientos ochenta y ocho in nuevo York City. (Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)
This mainly marks what would have been george Harrison"s 77th birthday. Back in February 1988, los Quiet Beatle marked ns occasion with ns bona fide struggle record, "Got my Mind collection on You," which was soaring amongst the americano radio airwaves at los time.

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Harrison had an initial heard the song much earlier throughout his inaugural visit to los United principal in September mil novecientos sesenta y tres — some five months before los Beatles" bravura appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." As jorge later recalled, "I"d been to américa before, being the experienced Beatle that identificación was. Identificación went to nuevo York y St. Luigi in 1963, to look around, y to los countryside in Illinois, where my sister was living at ns time. Identificación went to record stores. Me gustaría bought Booker T and the MGs" very first album, "Green Onions," y I bought part Bobby Bland, all kind of things."

One of those "things" was 21-year-old jaime Ray"s 1962 debut album. In Harrison"s memory, the LP was "really terrible," conserve for the song "I"ve got My Mind set on You," which had been created by Rudy Clark. Ray and Clark had actually scored a Top diez showing the year before con "If You"ve Gotta make a fool of Somebody," y they to be hoping come repeat your hitmaking formula with "I"ve obtained My Mind collection on You." a jazzed-up variation of ns song, complete con vamping horn players and a gospel choir, likewise saw relax that exact same year. To Ray and Clark"s thinking, ns tune had los makings of ns surefire hit.

But that was not to be. By ns time that the Beatles conquered américa in 1964, rayo had gave in to uno drug overdose. Clark would certainly fare lot better, landing uno major hit con "It"s in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)," tape-recorded by Betty Everett y Cher, among a host of various other artists gastos generales the decades. Clark would also strike gold with los Rascals" "Good Lovin"."

As because that Harrison, that would never forget "I"ve got My Mind set on You." For ns time, he"d considered pushing ns song as ns Beatles covering version. They had been recognized to carry out "If You"ve Gotta make a tonto of Somebody" in their pre-fame days, and a soulful take on "I"ve got My Mind set on You" wouldn"t have been un stretch. But con bandmates john Lennon and Paul McCartney churning fuera de original hits, los available real estate because that cover execution was ending up being scarce.

In January 1987, Harrison began work on his "Cloud Nine" LP con Jeff Lynne in ns producer"s chair. The música press would describe the album as ns comeback the sorts, although Harrison liked to point el fin that he"d never really been away. He"d score his most recent hit con 1981"s "All Those año Ago," his sonic memorial to Lennon.

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Restyled as "Got mine Mind collection on You," Clark"s early 1960s tune came roaring regreso to life during the Cloud nine production. It all come together when ace session drummer jim Keltner began playing un driving beat at Harrison"s Friar Park home studio. Longtime Harrison friend and "Dream Weaver" hitmaker Gary wright was there, too. Come his ears, ns drum pattern sounded remarkably like Ray and Clark"s mil novecientos sesenta y dos song.

As los "Cloud Nine" sessions continued, Harrison tightened up los song considerably, affording "Got mine Mind collection on You" with uno bright sound in contrast con Ray"s original, jazzy take it on ns song. Harrison"s recording was rounded fuera with Lynne top top bass y keyboards, Keltner ~ above drums, carga Horn on sax, and Ray Cooper ~ above percussion.

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With a quirky, carefree vídeo in heavy rotation ~ above MTV, Harrison"s "Got my Mind collection on You" confirmed to be uno can"t-miss struggle in 1988. In therefore doing, the notched his very first chart-topper because "Give Me Love (Give Me peace on Earth)" from his "Living in the cosa World" LP (1973). "Got my Mind set on You" likewise holds the distinction of gift the final number-one struggle by any type of of los musicians that once called themselves los Beatles—although you can bet that somewhere, McCartney is quiet training his sights top top landing los top slot one more time.

"Got my Mind collection on You" promotional video from "Cloud Nine" (1987):

Kenneth Womack

Kenneth Womack is the author of ns two-volume story of ns life y work the Beatles producer jorge Martin and the hold of "Everything Fab Four," a podcast about ns Beatles distributed by alquds-palestina.org. His publication "Solid State: The historia of Abbey Road y the fin of los Beatles" was released in dos mil diecinueve in celebration event of ns album’s 50th anniversary. His recent book, "John Lennon, 1980: The final Days in los Life," is fuera now.