On this day in music history: January 16, 1988 - “Got My Mind Set On You” by George Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary singles chart for 3 weeks on December 19, 1987. Written by Rudy Clark, it is the third and final solo chart topper for the former lead guitarist of The Beatles. A former postman, songwriter Rudy Clark who also pens classics including “Good Lovin’” (The Young Rascals) and “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)” (Betty Everett), write “Got My Mind Set On You” in 1962 for R&B singer James Ray. Prior to The Beatles first visit to the US in February of 1964, George Harrison makes the trip across the pond in September of 1963 to visit his sister Louise, who by this time is married and living in Illinois. On his visit, George purchases a copy of the James Ray album with the hit single “If You’ve Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody”, which also features “Got My Mind Set On You”. Fast forward nearly twenty five years later, while working with ELO leader Jeff Lynne on his next album, Harrison recalls the James Ray song while jamming in his home studio, and decides to record a cover version. Recorded in the studio at his home Friar Park in Henley, Oxfordshire, UK, the track features Harrison (guitars), Jeff Lynne (bass, guitars, background vocals), Gary Wright (piano), and Jim Keltner (drums). Two music videos directed by Gary Weis (Saturday Night Live) are made for the song. One staged in an amusement park arcade that only features brief glimpses of Harrison performing the song, and a second and more widely broadcast clip that features the former Beatle sitting in a study singing and playing, while objects and stuffed animals in the room dance in time and sing along. Released as the first single from his eleventh solo album “Cloud Nine”, it quickly becomes George Harrison’s biggest hit in many years. Entering the Hot 100 at #66 on October 24, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. At the time “Got My Mind Set On You” hits number one, George Harrison makes history as the artist with longest time span between his first chart topper with The Beatles (“I Want To Hold Your Hand”) and his most recent. That time span is twenty three years, eleven months, and two weeks, beating the previous record set by former Righteous Brother Bill Medley when he hit the top of the US pop chart with “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” in November of 1987. The success of “Got My Mind Set On You” drives “Cloud Nine” to Platinum status in the US.