"You Were On My Mind"
Single by We Five
from the album You Were on My Mind
B-side"Small World"
GenrePop rock
LabelA&M 770
Songwriter(s)Sylvia Fricker
Producer(s)Frank Werber
We Five singles chronology
"You Were On My Mind"
"Let's Get Together"

"You Were on My Mind" is a popular song written by Sylvia Fricker in 1961,[1] in a bathtub in a suite at the Hotel Earle in Greenwich Village. Fricker wrote the song - her first composition - in the bathroom because "it was the only place ... the cockroaches would not go". It was originally performed by Fricker and her future husband Ian Tyson as the duo Ian & Sylvia, and they recorded it in 1963 for their 1964 album on the Vanguard label, Northern Journey. It was published in sheet form by M. Witmark & Sons of New York City in 1965. Ian and Sylvia re-recorded the song in 1972 with their band Great Speckled Bird, reaching #4 on the Canadian easy listening chart.

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See also


  1. ^ Laura Archibald (director) (2012). "Sylvia Fricker/Tyson interview". Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation. New York, NY: Kino Lorber. OCLC 842426241.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 255.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1965
  4. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 674. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  5. ^ Crispian St. Peters, "You Were on My Mind" US chart position Retrieved June 18, 2015.