September 27

Written in 15 mins., Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind”

Inspired by a Movie

 Written by John Hartford, “Gentle on My Mind” won four 1968 Grammy Awards, including one for Hartford for Best Folk Performance. Not only that,  Glen Campbell also won the Best Male Country and Western Solo Vocal Performance. The inspiration of Hartford for this song was the movie “Doctor Zhivago.” After he watched the movie, he sat down and wrote the lyrics in about 15 minutes.

The Movie won several Academy Award in 1965. The love story of “Doctor Zhivago” took place during the Bolshevik Revolution. It stars Omar Shariff as Doctor Yuri Zhivago, a married doctor who falls in love with Julie Christie’s character, Lara Antipova, a political activist.

The Glory of the Song

“Gentle On My Mind” was released in June 1967 as the only single from the album of the same name. It was re-released in July 1968 to more success. Glen Campbell’s version has received over 5 million plays on the radio.

The version of Glen Campbell was the first major hit for John Hartford, who (up to that point) had enjoyed only moderate success as a singer and songwriter. Glen Campbell used this song as the theme to his TV variety show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour which ran 1969-1972.

The song has also been recorded by musical giants including Dean Martin whose version reached No.2 in the UK in 1969 and Aretha Franklin. Having that said, this song is one of the most-recorded country songs in history.

The Band Perry covered the song in 2014 for the soundtrack of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Their rendition won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.


A song from Oldies but goodies! we think that this song is legendary song form a legendary artist. Do you think the same as we do? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below and remember to share this story with other country fans.

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