Joanne (Michael Nesmith song)

1970 song from the album Magnetic South / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Joanne" is a song written and performed by Michael Nesmith, his only Top 40 hit song as a solo artist. The single was issued by RCA Records in mid 1970, from the album Magnetic South, the first album released by Nesmith and The First National Band after he left The Monkees. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Top 100 on 3 October 1970. It went to No. 4 in Canada, No. 3 in Australia, [2] and No. 1 in New Zealand. In the U.S., it was the most successful solo chart hit for any member of The Monkees.

Quick facts: "Joanne", Song by Michael Nesmith, from the a...
Song by Michael Nesmith
from the album Magnetic South
ReleasedJuly 1970[1]
RecordedFebruary 20, 1970
GenreCountry rock
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Michael Nesmith
Producer(s)Felton Jarvis

"Joanne" was the second single issued from Magnetic South, following the release of "Little Red Rider" (which did not chart). On the B-side of "Joanne", the track "One Rose" appears. RCA later reissued "Joanne" backed with "Silver Moon", as a single in its 45 rpm "Gold Standard Series". "Silver Moon" was originally issued as a single from Nesmith's next album Loose Salute, released in November, 1970.

"Joanne" was a staple on all of Nesmith's solo concert tours and has appeared on all four of his live albums: Live At The Palais, Live at the Britt Festival, Movies of the Mind, and Live At The Troubador. Nesmith would also spoof "Joanne" on his home video, Elephant Parts, with the song "Rodan".

The song was covered by Andy Williams on his 1970 album, The Andy Williams Show.

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