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Single Of The Day-Mel Tillis “Heart Over Mind”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music can always be found on the turntable, in the CD player, or in the MP3 player. Long before he was a consistent hit maker in his own right, Mel Tillis was busy writing songs for other acts. Affiliated with the Webb Pierce-owned Cedarwood Publishing, Webb recorded and scored hits with several of Mel’s compositions, but not all of them fell to Webb. One such example is the song “Heart Over Mind”. Ray Price got that song and made it a top 5 hit in Spring, 1961.

Fast forward the calendar, nine years, and now, Mel is coming into his own as a singer. He’s just scored his first three top ten hits, and as Spring dawns in 1970, he’s looking to add to that number. And he would do that with today’s Single Of The Day.


For that next single, Mel and his label, Kapp Records, decided to dig back into Mel’s catalog of compositions and brought out, “Heart Over Mind”. Mel’s version of the song debuted in May on the Country 40, and by Summer’s end, not only would Mel have his fourth top ten hit, but his version would peak higher (three) than the original (five). Sound-wise, there’s not a lot of difference from the original, as Mel’s version also utilizes heavy fiddle and steel guitar and a similar tempo. I love this song, yet to choose which version is better, this is one of those relatively rare times where I really can’t pick one over the other. I love to hear them both.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

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