Conway Twitty performs “Linda On My Mind” On Hee Haw 1975.

Reached number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained on lists for 14 weeks On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he also reached number # 1 on March 22, 1975. He was the twelfth number one in Conway's career.

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Linda On My Mind:

Linda on my mind, song written and recorded by Conway Twitty for the MCA label, was recorded on June 19, 1973, at Bradley’s Barn, Bender’s Ferry Road, Mount Juliet, TN, Conway was accompanied by: Harold Bradley (6-string electric bass guitar), Ray Edenton (acoustic guitar), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), John Hughey (steel guitar), Tommy Markham (drums), Grady Martin (electric guitar), Bob Moore (bass), Hargus “Pig” Robbins (piano) and Carol Lee Cooper & LE White (background vocals), with the production of Owen Bradley, the song was released in January 1975, on March 8, 1975, reached number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained on lists for 14 weeks On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, he also reached number # 1 on March 22, 1975. He was the twelfth number one in Conway’s career.

Lp cover Conway Twitty ( 1975 )
Lp cover Conway Twitty ( 1975 )

 

The song was included in Conway’s thirty-first studio album, Linda on my mind (MCA 1975), on March 15, 1975, it reached number # 1 on the US Top Country Albums charts, it remained 24 weeks on the charts.

The lyrics of Conway Twitty songs were often considered too risky and provocative for the radio. “Linda in my mind” was another example of a song she wrote that angered people because it spoke of a man who sleeps with a woman while dreaming of another. Twitty explained in Tom Roland’s No. 1 Country Hits Billboard Book: “There are a lot of songs like that, you can not get sex out of country music, if you did, it would not be country music, but you can tell the story without be vulgar. “ In representing their 70s hits catalog, “Linda on My Mind” joins our list of the 10 best songs of Conway Twitty.

Some versions:

Cal Smith 1975 (MCA)
Ronnie Milsap 1975 (RCA)
Nat Stuckey 1976 (MCA)
Alexander Forrest 1976 (Emerald Records)
Faron Young 1977 (Mercury)
John Hughey 1977 (Chimer Records)
Jerry Wallace 1983 (51 West)

Conway Twitty – Linda On My Mind Lyrics

Now I’m lying here with Linda on my mind
And next to me, my soon to be, the one I left behind
And Lord it’s killing me to see her crying
She knows I’m lying here beside her with Linda on my mind.

Yes I know that I once loved her
And I placed no one above her
And I never thought I’d ever set her free
But it just wasn’t in my plan
The way Linda squeezed my hand
The first time that I held her close as she danced with me.

She said I’ve loved you for a long time
But you’re married to a friend of mine
And I tried hard to never let it show
But my love for you is stronger
I can’t hide it any longer
And so I thought I’d better let you know.

Now I’m lying here with Linda on my mind
And next to me, my soon to be, the one I left behind
And Lord it’s killing me to see her crying
She knows I’m lying here beside her with Linda on my mind…

Single Conway Twitty ( MCA 1975 )
Single Conway Twitty ( MCA 1975 )

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