News: New Album
Noel Harrison has released a new album. The record, which came out at the beginning of 2013 is called Six Songs.
Instead of being released under Noel's name, the album, which has a country feel, is credited to the fictional country group, Tex and CP, with Noel taking the name Tex Harrison as a reference to his father, Rex.
To read about the album and hear a track from it, go to its dedicated page.
News: New Gallery
As well as a undergoing a general tidy-up over the past few days, the site also has a new gallery.
The gallery features more than 40 publicity photographs of Noel Harrison issued between 1958 and 1984.
To see the pictures, go to the gallery.
News: One million views!
The Youtube video of The Windmills of Your Mind has now been viewed by more than one million people across the world.
The high quality video of Noel Harrison's performance on Top of the Pops in 1969 was posted online by www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com in March 2010. It hit one million viewers in February 2013.
Most viewers (480,000) were in Britain although the top 10 included people in America, France, Germany, Russia, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Spain and Italy.
Viewers' comments about the song included: "Everything is just lovely, the lyrics and the music are genius", "Love this song, absolutely beautiful" and "I can't stop listening to this song, great performance!".
Reflecting on the song's return to popularity in recent years, Noel said: "It's an extraordinary song, that seems to reach across the generations. I've been singing it all the time in my act, and I've never got tired of it."
News: Shows cancelled:
Noel Harrison has cancelled his current live shows due to illness.
He hopes to be performing again by the end of March 2013.
In a message to fans on his official website, he said: "So sorry folks, I was looking forward to them too!"
News: New Windmills recording
A new live version of Noel Harrison performing his hit song, The Windmills of Your Mind, in 1969 has been acquired by www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com.
The tape is from the April 1, 1969 edition of the BBC music show, Scott, which was hosted by singer Scott Walker (pictured far right).
The live recording of the song is only the second known to exist from the 1960s.
Noel appeared on the fourth episode of Scott, which ran for a total of six weeks. Unfortunately, after broadcast, the BBC wiped the tapes, meaning no video of the show exists - but audio recordings were made.
Scott Walker originally found fame as one of the Walker Brothers, but later went on to have a successful solo career.
To listen to Noel's live performance of The Windmills of Your Mind from the show, and Scott's introduction, click on the player below.
News: Album re-release
In a surprise move, Hallmark Records has re-released Noel Harrison's first album, At The Blue Angel.
The live record, which was first released in 1960, is now available as a digital download.
Tracks featured on the album include Noel's interpretation of the songs San Francisco Bay Blues and Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out.
To listen to clips from the album go to the At the Blue Angel page.
The move follows the re-release of Noel's three Reprise albums, Collage, Santa Monica Pier and The Great Electric Experiment is Over, in 2011.
On April 13, 2012, Noel Harrison performed at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth with Phil Rossiter.
During the show, one audience member recorded this video of Noel singing The Windmills of Your Mind.
While the video's picture quality may not be great, the audio is thanks to the combination of Noel's voice and Phil's subtle backing on guitar.
Noel Harrison has recorded a new song as part of the annual RPM Challenge, an online competition which encourages musicians to record new songs from scratch during the month of February.
In 2010, he made the album From the Sublime to the Ridiclious! as part of the challenge.
For 2012, he has recorded just one track, the humorously titled The Rolls Royce of my Mind.
To listen to the song click on the player below or visit Noel's page on the RPM site.
(The artwork was put together by us by the way, for a bit of fun!)
News: Magazine features
A six page feature about Noel Harrison was included in the November, 2011 edition of Shindig magazine.
The article was written for the magazine, which specialises in music from the 1960s, in collaboration with www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com.
It features a number of new revelations about Harrison's life and music, including his view on how drugs impacted on his music and his move into script-writing for pornographic films in the 1990s.
The magazine was published on November 24, 2011. To read the feature, go here.
An article about the recording of The Windmills of Your Mind was also featured in the second edition of Mojo 60s magazine, which is again a magazine which focuses on music from the 1960s.
News: The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. released on DVD
The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. television show, which Noel Harrison starred in during the 1960s, was finally released on DVD on August 23, 2011.
The programme, which was a spin-off from the popular Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series, was launched in 1966 and ran for just one season.
Despite continuing his television acting career until the 1990s, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. remains Noel's most well known TV role.
The series is available to buy directly from Warner Brothers here.
Unfortunately, the programmes have not been remastered for the DVD release and the series is only available to buy in America, at a cost of $60.
For more information on the series, go to the Girl From U.N.C.L.E. page.
News: Noel Harrison live at Glastonbury 2011
Noel Harrison was recorded by the BBC at the Glastonbury festival on Saturday, June 25, 2011 performing his biggest hit, The Windmills of Your Mind. The performance was labelled 'delightful' by the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Noel made two appearances during the festival, on the Spirit of 71 stage.
Discussing his Glastonbury appearance before the show, he said he hoped to pass on to the younger generation the spirit of the 1960s, which led to his decision to leave Hollywood and seek the simpler life in Nova Scotia.
He said: "I'm very honoured to be asked to do the festival. I only hope I can live up to it. There definitely will be a sense of the older generation passing on the flame to the younger one. I want to evoke the sense of idealism that led me to take off, trying to seek out a simpler life. I'd like to pass it on in what I sing and play."
EXCLUSIVE: Reprise albums re-released
On April 12, 2011, Reprise Records re-released Noel Harrison's 1960's albums, Collage, Santa Monica Pier and The Great Electric Experiment is Over, as digital downloads.
Unfortunately, there are no current plans to release the three albums on CD, but their digital release means 17 tracks from the three albums which were not included on Rhino's 2003 compilation, Life is a Dream, are now widely available again for the first time since their initial release.
To listen to the albums and download the tracks, go to the Collage, Santa Monica Pier and The Great Electric Experiment is Over pages.
Because of the move by Reprise, preview tracks from the three albums which were previously available on this website have now been deleted.
The petition set up by www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com calling for the albums to be re-released has also been closed.
News: Windmills back in the charts!
After being featured in a series of adverts for BT Vision in the UK, Noel Harrison's most famous song, 1968's The Windmills of Your Mind, re-entered the charts.
On January 4, 2011, the track was at number six in the iTunes Rock chart, just ahead of Hey Jude by The Beatles.
After hearing about the song's re-entry into the charts, Noel told www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com he was delighted it was proving to be popular again.
He said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to learn Windmills is back on the charts after more than 40 years."
Paying tribute to the song's writers, he added: "Michel LeGrand is briliant and Marilyn and Alan Bergman are true poets."
The song was last in the British singles chart in 1969 when it peaked at number eight. To read more about the song, go to the Windmills of Your Mind page of this site.
To download the song go to Noel's page on iTunes.
News: Australian radio special
Noel Harrison has released a new album, which was made available to download free from March 1, 2010.
Noel recorded the album, From the Sublime to the Ridiclious, as part of the RPM Challenge, an internet event which challenges musicians from across the world to record an entire album from scratch during the month of February.
He said: "My son Will talked me into it. He has done it for the last two years. “You can do it, Dad!”, he ordered. I’m glad I did now, though there were moments when I considered using senility as an excuse to quit."
Following the rules of the RPM Challenge, the album has 10 tracks, although Noel has said he will produce a longer version with added musicians later in the year.
Noel's son's, band, Highway Robbery, also recorded an album as part of the challenge, their tracks can be found here.
News: BBC radio show
During a live interview with BBC Radio Devon on Monday May 11, 2009, Noel talked about everything from beekeeping and Steve McQueen to the new album he's working on and his life as a celebrity in the 1960s.
He also performed his new song, The Wind Blows Up My Trousers, and was interviewed for a separate article on the BBC's website, which can be found here.
To listen to the radio interview, click on the gadget.