|Gentle on My Mind|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||May 17 - July 13, 1967,|
Capitol Recording Studio,
|Producer||Al De Lory|
|Glen Campbell chronology|
The centerpiece of the album is "Gentle on My Mind". Campbell heard songwriter John Hartford's original version on the radio and fell in love with this song about memories of a lost love. At the time, Campbell was under contract with Capitol Records as a solo artist but had little success in establishing a name for himself in the public eye. Campbell gathered some of his fellow session players from the famous "Wrecking Crew" gang (which included Leon Russell) to come into the Capitol studio to record a demo version that he could pitch to his producer. Between phrases and stanzas, Campbell would yell instructions to the players. He then left the rough recording for his producer to listen to. His producer fell in love, not only with the song but with the recording itself. Without telling Campbell, he took the tape back into the studio and removed the unwanted verbiage from between the phrases. He then released the demo recording, which became a mega-hit for Campbell when it was released. Hartford's inspiration for the song came from watching the film Dr. Zhivago. He would later remember, "I know watching the movie gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don't know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that it was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn't have been a hit. The song came real fast, in about 15 minutes. It was a blaze, a blur."
Album - Billboard (United States)
|Chart||Entry date||Peak position||No. of weeks|
|Billboard Country Albums||10/07/67||1(2)||88|
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|Year||Single||Hot Country Singles||Hot 100||Easy Listening|
|1967||"Gentle on My Mind"||30||62||-|
|1968||"Gentle on My Mind" re-release||-||39||8|
In 1967, Campbell won two Grammy Awards in the categories Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Solo Vocal Performance, Male for "Gentle on My Mind". In 2008, "Gentle on My Mind" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.