I recently heard an XM Volume show in which the hosts talked about a George Harrison song I thought was his own.
It’s “Got My Mind Set On You,” Harrison’s third and final No. 1 hit, released in 1987 and loved by 6-year-old girls addicted to watching the video on MTV. My daughter was one of those girls.
The images of a stuffed squirrel, a warthog and a back-flipping and dancing stuntman entertained Kristin, as it did one of my co-workers when she was Kristin’s age. I know this about Emery because she told me when she overheard me talking about the song while we were in the office.
Maybe one day I will tell Kristin and Emery that the Harrison song isn’t his, as I learned from the XM show.
I found out it is a cover of “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You,” written by Rudy Clark and recorded by James Ray with the Hutch Davie Orchestra in 1962.
I also learned from the XM show that there is a parody of the original song. The hilarious cover of a cover is “(This Song’s Just) Six Words Long” by “Weird Al” Yankovic and it was released in 1988.
My sweet Lord.
Oh, that’s the title of Harrison’s first No. 1 hit.
Can you name his second No. 1?