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You Were On My Mind by We Five
Album: You Were On My MindReleased: 1965Charted:
This was written by Sylvia Tyson of the Canadian folk duo Ian & Sylvia. They recorded it for their 1964 album Northern Journey.
We Five was an American Folk-Rock quintet. When they recorded this, Sylvia Tyson rewrote some of the lyrics, taking out references to getting drunk. This was done to help get airplay for the song.
In 1966, British singer Crispian St. Peters hit #2 UK with his version. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
There is sometimes confusion as to whether the vocalist in this song is male or female. In fact, both answers are correct, as in the opening verses, a female and male member of the group are singing in unison. There is also confusion as to who that female singer is. All references state that the female vocalist in We Five was Beverly Bivens. However, some sources say there was a previous vocalist in the group who sang "You Were On My Mind" and left the group before it became a hit. Outside of this folk-rock excursion, most of the tracks on We Five's two albums sound much more Broadway than they do rock, and the female vocalist on most of these tracks (assumed to be Bivens) sings in a completely different style from the one used on their hit single. It's a mystery that has yet to be fully solved. (thanks, Mike - Youngstown, OH)