Got To Get You Off My Mind

Solomon Burke

About Got To Get You Off My Mind

"Got to Get You Off My Mind" is a 1965 soul single written and performed by Solomon Burke. The single was produced by Jerry Wexler, and was the most successful of Burke's long career, becoming his highest-charting single on both the R&B and pop singles charts. "Got to Get You Off My Mind" was number one on Billboard's R&B Singles chart for three weeks and made the Top 40 on the pop singles chart.

Got to get you off of my mind
I know it's just a matter of time
You've found somebody new
And our romance is through

Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of it… more »

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Artist Profile
"Got to Get You off My Mind" is a song by Solomon Burke, an American preacher and singer who is widely referred to as the "King of Rock 'n' Soul." He is renowned for his blending of Gospel, R&B, and Country music into soul music.
Release Information
The song "Got to Get You off My Mind" was released in 1965 and is considered one of Solomon Burke's most popular songs.
Chart Performance
The song topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1965. It was Burke's most successful and final single to secure the No.1 position in the chart.
Historical Context
"Got to Get You off My Mind" was reportedly written as a response to his former lover's marriage to singer Sam Cooke.
Musical Structure
The song follows a classic soul format, featuring bluesy guitar riffs, prominent piano background, and a persuasive vocal performance from Burke.
Album Appearance
"Got to Get You off My Mind" appeared on Burke's third studio album, "The Best of Solomon Burke," enhancing the album's acceptance and popularity.
Awards and Recognition
Solomon Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and while "Got to Get You off My Mind" was only a part of his vast catalog, it certainly contributed to his recognition and acceptance.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Daryl Hall, Tom Petty, and B.B. King, testifying to its enduring impact and popularity.
Cultural Impact
As a heartbreak song, "Got to Get You off My Mind" is seen as a perfect example of the kind of raw, emotional storytelling that soul music is famous for.
Today, over 50 years later, "Got to Get You off My Mind" remains an iconic soul song and a staple of Solomon Burke's song catalog that continues to influence contemporary soul and R&B artists.

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