Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on January 16th of 1988 George Harrison tops the Billboard chart with the first single from his “Cloud Nine” album, “Got My Mind Set On You”, an old favorite of George’s.The song was written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. Harrison bought a copy of the single in the summer of 1963 when visiting his sister Louise in Illinois. Many years later when he was writing his Cloud Nine album, he remembered the song and decided to cover it. Cloud Nine was Harrison’s comeback album. He hadn’t had a hit since 1981 with “All Those Years Ago,” and his previous US #1 was “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” in 1973. Until the Beach Boys released “Kokomo,” Harrison had the record for longest span between #1 hits. “Got My Mind Set On You,” however, was his last single to chart. ELO bandleader Jeff Lynne produced this song with Harrison. His influence can be heard in the backing vocals of the chorus. Along with Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty, Harrison and Lynne formed The Traveling Wilburys in 1988. This was the last song by a solo Beatle to hit #1 in the US. Harrison was also the first Beatle to hit #1- “My Sweet Lord.” The song was also a big hit in the UK reaching #2.