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The song was released in June as the only single from the album of the same name. It was re-released in July to more success. Glen Campbell's version has received over 5 million plays on the radio. Dean Martin 's version, recorded inwas a major hit in the United Kingdom; three versions of the song, Campbell's, Martin's and Patti Page 's, all reached the top ten of the U. Hartford reported that he was inspired to write the song after seeing the film Doctor Zhivago when his own memories took over, and that it took about thirty minutes to write down.
Hartford said of the writing:. I went to see the movie Doctor Zhivago the night I wrote it. Everyone's made a whole lot out of that. Gentle On My Mind - Tommy Lee And The Wanderers - The Best Of Country And Western know it gave me a feeling that caused me to start writing, but as far as saying it came from that, I don't know. It just came from experience. While I was writing it, if I had any idea that was going to be a hit, it probably would have come out differently and it wouldn't have been a hit.
That just came real fast, a blaze, a blur. Campbell heard Hartford's original version on the radio and decided at once that he wanted to record it. At the time, Campbell was under contract with Capitol Records as a solo artist but had little success in establishing a name for himself. Campbell gathered some of his fellow Wrecking Crew session players to come into the Capitol studio to record a demo version that he could pitch to his producer Al De Lory.
Between phrases and stanzas, Campbell would yell instructions to the players. He then left Gentle On My Mind - Tommy Lee And The Wanderers - The Best Of Country And Western rough recording for his producer to listen to.
De Lory fell in love, not only with the song, but also with the recording itself. Without telling Campbell, he took the tape back into the studio and removed the unwanted verbiage from between the phrases. He then released the demo recording, which became a hit for Campbell. The song was first released inand it was released in in the wake of the success of " By the Time I Get to Les Claypools Frog Brigade - Gathering Of The Vibes 2001 ".
It reached No. The song however continued to receive widespread airplay; inBMI named it as the fourth-most-played song on radio ever in the United States.
Her version peaked at number 76 on the U. The song was featured on her album Soul ' American singer Dean Martin recorded the song in and released it as a single. Billboard Easy Listening chart. American singer Patti Page recorded the song in and released it as a single. Her Dreamland (Version 2) - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Trench Town Rock peaked at number 66 on the U.
Billboard Hot chart and number 7 on the U. Altogether it has been recorded by over different artists, though Campbell's version remains the best known in the United States.
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