You Were On My Mind (1965)

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By: We Five, a 1960s folk rock quintet based in San Francisco, California.

They originally consisted of Michael Stewart, Beverly Bivens, Jerry Burgan, Peter Fullerton and Bob Jones.

Michael Stewart (born April 19, 1945, died November 13, 2002) was the founder of the group, and was the brother of John Stewart of the Kingston Trio (and the writer of the Monkees' "Daydream Believer".)

In 1965, We Five were signed to A&M Records, owned by Herb Alpbert, in response to the folk rock music trend. Their first album featured, as the title track, a re-arrangement (by Stewart) of an Ian and Sylvia song: "You Were on My Mind".

In February 1966 this song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Performance By A Vocal Group. Later that same year, after their second album, Make Someone Happy, lead singer Beverly Bivens left the group.

Michael Stewart later went on to produce Billy Joel's 1973 album Piano Man.

Chart position:
#3 (US), #1 (US Easy Listening).

The Top Ten Songs: September 25, 1965 (US Billboard Hot 100).
  1. "Eve of Destruction" (Barry McGuire)
  2. "Hang On Sloopy" (McCoys) 
  3. "You Were On My Mind" (We Five)
  4. "Catch Us If You Can" (Dave Clarke Five)
  5. "Help!" (Beatles)
  6. "The 'In' Crowd" (Ramsey Lewis Trio)
  7. "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan)
  8. "It Ain't Me Babe" (Turtle)
  9. "Heart Full of Soul" (Yardbirds)
  10. "Laugh At Me" (Sonny)

Written by:
Sylvia Tyson (born Sylvia Fricker September 19, 1940 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada).

Tyson is a musician, performer, singer-songwriter and broadcaster. From 1959 to 1974, she was half of the popular folk duo Ian & Sylvia with former husband Ian Tyson.

Also by:
Crispian St. Peters (born April 5, 1939, died June 8, 2010), whose version reached #2 (UK) in 1966. His biggest US hit was "The Pied Piper".

Originally by:
Ian and Sylvia, on their 1964 album Northern Journey.

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1 comment:

  1. Bev Bivens of WE FIVE did not leave the group. She died in an auto accident shortly after their big hit. --Uncle Mort


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