Goin' Out of My Head is an album by American jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery that was released in 1966. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard magazine R&B chart. At the 9th Grammy Awards Goin' Out of My Head won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group. Goin' Out of My Head was Montgomery's first album with sales reaching near one million. It was producer Creed Taylor's idea that Montgomery should do a cover of the title song, a 1964 hit by Little Anthony and the Imperials
Goin' Out of My Head" is a song written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964. Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group, wrote the song especially for them, having also supplied the group with their previous Top 20 Hit "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)". Their original version of the song was a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, reaching on the Billboard Hot 100, and in the Canadian RPM-list in 1965.
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Guitarist Wes Montgomery had a hit with this version of "Goin' Out of My Head" but musically it is little more than a pleasant melody statement. Accompanied by a wasted all-star big band given dull arrangements by Oliver Nelson, Montgomery mostly sticks to playing themes, even those as dull as "Chim Chim Cheree" and "It Was a Very Good Year. Recordings like this one disheartened the jazz world but made him a household name and a staple on AM radio. Heard three decades later, the recording is at its best when serving as innocuous background music.
Wes Montgomery started out playing small combo jazz but as he became famous he was invited to make more commercial albums where he played current pop tunes backed by a star-laden jazz orchestra. While the music is tame compared to some of the small combo performances, it still manages to show off Montgomery's wonderful tone and phrasing. Moreover, the songs chosen are very good ones that provide Wes with a nice springboard for his interpretations.
Recorded December 7, 8 and 22, 1965 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Other Versions (5 of 28) View All. Cat.
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