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Album: Cloud NineReleased: 1987Charted:
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 Nine album, he remembered the song and decided to cover it.
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.
The video shows Harrison surrounded by household objects that move on their own. It helped market the song at a time when MTV was still playing a lot of videos.
When released as a single, this was backed with "Lay His Head," which did not appear on the album.
Weird Al Yankovic did a parody of this called "This Song's Just 6 Words Long."
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