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. This 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 Ninealbum, 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. Harrison released another album earlier in 1987 called Gone Troppo, which flopped. Proving that he could whip up a hit, he released this very simplistic cover song and it was a huge commercial success. A lot of Harrison’s work was well off the mainstream, using unusual instruments and based on Indian music. This proved that he could release a song requiring very little thought and send it up the charts. Predictably, many of Harrison’s ardent followers can’t stand this song. 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 topped off at #2 in the UK.