Walkin' on My Mind

1969 single by Dianne Brooks
"Walkin' on My Mind"
Single by Dianne Brooks
from the album Some Other Kind Of Soul
B-side"Need To Belong"
Released1969
GenreSoul
Length3:06
LabelRevolver REVS-001
Songwriter(s)Doug Riley
Producer(s)Mort Ross
Dianne Brooks singles chronology
"Picture me Gone"
(1967)
"Walkin' on My Mind"
(1969)
"Show Him (He's Not Alone)"
(1969)

"Walkin' on My Mind" was a hit for soul singer Dianne Brooks. Released in 1969, it was the first single released by Revolver Records. It was also Brooks' first release on a Canadian owned label. It is also an example of how the quality of a song can activate a record label.

Background

"Walkin' on My Mind" bw "Need to Belong" was a Mort Ross production.[1] It was released in February, 1969 on the Revolution Records' subsidiary, Revolver.[2][3][4] It was also released as "Walking On My Mind" in the United States on Ray Charles' Tangerine label, cat no. TRC 993.[5][6]

The song started off in 1969 as one of two demos at a newly built recording studio that was set to open for business later that year in August. It wasn't the intention of the studio owners to start off with a record company. Mort Ross, Doug Riley and their engineer, Englishman, Terry Brown wanted to build a studio with recording facilities superior to what was in Canada at the time. However Dianne Brooks' vocal work on the two Doug Riley compositions changed things. The songs were deemed to be too good to remain unreleased. As a result of this Revolver Records came into being.[7]

Distribution

For Canadian distribution in Canada, the Compo Company was chosen. Revolution's chief, Mort Ross had travelled to New York to set up the distribution deal with Ray Charles' Tangerine label for the current record. The deal also involved any future releases from Brooks. For English distribution Morgan Records was chosen.[8]

The record was released in New Zealand on the Viking record label.[9]

Chart performance

By April 21, 1969, the song had entered the RPM Weekly Canadian Content Chart at #10.[10] By May 2, it reached #4 on the RPM chart. It got to #67 nationally.[11]

Releases

Releases
Title Catalogue Year Country Notes #
"Walkin' on My Mind" / "Need to Belong" Revolver REVS 001 1969 Canada
"Walking On My Mind" / "Need to Belong" Tangerine Records TRC 993 1969 United States
"Walkin' On My Mind" / "Need to Belong" Revolver REVS 001 1969 United Kingdom
"Walkin' on My Mind" / "Need to Belong" Pink Elephant PE 22.013 1969 Netherlands
"Walkin' on My Mind" / "Need to Belong" Viking VS.240 1969 New Zealand [12][13]

References

  1. ^ FUNKMYSOUL.GR - Dianne Brooks – 1976 – Back Stairs Of My Life
  2. ^ Billboard, March 15, 1969 - Page 64 From The Music Capitals of the World, College Music Contest Opens Talent Hunt
  3. ^ RPM Weekly, Volume 11 No. 6 Week of April 7th. - Page 8 HERE'S GONNA BE A Revolution.... ON REVOLVER RECORDS!
  4. ^ RPM Weekly, Volume 12 No. 5, September 20th 1969 - Page 13 DIANNE BROOKS' NEW SINGLE
  5. ^ Cash Box, March 8, 1969 - Page 68 Canada
  6. ^ 45Cat - Dianne Brooks - Discography, USA
  7. ^ Billboard, May 24, 1969 - - Page C-34 Radio Legislation Should Better Recording Studios
  8. ^ Billboard, May 24, 1969 - Page C-34 Radio Legislation Should Better Recording Studios
  9. ^ Sergent.com.au - Record Labels, Viking Records 10, VS.240 1969 Non NZ Artist
  10. ^ RPM Weekly, Volume 11 No. 8, Week of April 21st. 1969 - Page 4 RPM Weekly Canadian Content Chart
  11. ^ Canaukstan Music - Dianne Brooks, Walkin' on My Mind / Need to Belong - 7" by Michael Panontin
  12. ^ Discogs - Dianne Brooks – Walking On My Mind
  13. ^ 45Cat - Dianne Brooks - Discography, All