Welcome


to www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com, the only site on the web dedicated to Noel Harrison, the man behind The Windmills of Your Mind.The site covers all of Noel's career, from his first single in 1958 and his first album in 1960, right up to his last album in 2013.

 



News: Noel's final concert released

A recording of the final concert ever performed by Noel Harrison has been released by his wife Lori.

Noel's final performance came in the village of Black Dog in Devon on
 October 19, 2013. Shortly after the show, he suffered a heart attack and later died in hospital.

As well as the final concert, Lori has also loaded several of Noel's final albums and some previously unreleased tracks onto the internet so fans can download them for free.

Discussing her decision to make the recordings available, she said:  "I’ve uploaded everything that was allowed and set it up for free downloads as I believe Noel would have liked to know anyone who wanted to hear his music could not only listen but download it as well.

"Noel was music and how lucky we are to have these recordings to remind us of that!"

The final album,Tex & CP Live at Black Dog, features 23 tracks and includes Noel's final performance of his signature tune, The Windmills of Your Mind.

The highlight of the show however comes after the crowd demands an encore and Noel plays an emotionally charged version of Willie Nelson's 1975 hit, Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain.

To listen to Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain, click on the player below.



The other albums which are now available to download free are: Adieu Jacques, Live from Boulevard Music, Hold Back Time, From the Sublime to the Ridiclious, Six Songs and Live at McCabe's.





News: Official site
Girl from UNCLE promo shot 1966

Following a request from Noel's wife, Lori, this site has now become the official Noel Harrison website.

The change comes after Lori made the decision to close Noel's own website, www.noelharrison.co.uk, following his death in October 2013.

In an email to this site, Lori said: "I cannot begin to tell you how pleased I am that you are going to be taking all this over “officially” as I know it will go on with you at the helm."

Noel was also a big supporter of the site after its launch in 2008. 

In one of his last emails to the site in June last year, he said: "I was just on the website, I am so grateful and filled with admiration for all that you are doing/have done for me. There are singles there I don't even remember making!"

Despite becoming the official site, the ethos of www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com will not change - it will continue to be run voluntarily and not-for profit, with absolutely no advertising.

To read more about the site, click on the about us page.






Tribute to Noel Harrison

Devon-based community radio station, Soundart Radio, aired a tribute to Noel Harrison on March 23, 2014.

The special guest on the programme was Noel's son, Will, who reminisced about his childhood growing up with Noel and talked in depth about his father's career.

Will, who is a musician, also performed a number of songs live in the studio with Kat Black - the duo, who are pictured here, perform under the name The Time Travel Agents.

The full show, which was hosted by DJ John Elliott, is available to listen to on-line.

To hear the full two hour programme click on the player below:


Or to listen to just the hour of the show which focuses on Noel, click on the player below.

 
 


The recording of the show is also available in the new radio section of the website, which collects together a number of radio interviews carried out by Noel over the years.






Last Word: Noel Harrison

BBC Radio 4's obituaries programme, Last Word, paid tribute to Noel Harrison on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Using audio clips provided by www.thewindmillsofyourmind.com, the show highlighted Noel's appearances on programmes such as The Andy Williams Show and Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters as well as his music career.

The show also featured tributes to sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and comedian Felix Dexter. To listen to the full show, visit the BBC's website here.

Or, to listen just to the section of the programme about Noel, click on the player below.

 
 








News: Noel Harrison's final interview published

The last interview given by Noel Harrison before he died has been published in the November 2013 edition of the magazine, Devon Life.

In the two page article, which was printed just before news of Noel's death was announced, the singer looks forward to his 80th birthday and discussed his plans for a forthcoming album.

In his poignant final comment in the article, Noel said: "I look back on my life in general and feel quite happy about the way it's gone. I've been very lucky and done some wonderful things. But I'm not hung up on the past."

The article also includes wonderful pictures of Noel taken in his Devon home by photographer Matt Austin. To see more of his photographs, click here.

To read the article on-line, click here and turn to page 106.





 Noel Harrison: 1934 - 2013
 
 
Celebrities and newspapers across the world paid tribute to Noel Harrison after he died aged 79 on Sunday, October 20, 2013. 

The singer had a heart attack at his home in Ashburton, Devon on Saturday, October 19 after performing at the village of Black Dog in Devon earlier that night. He died several hours later after being taken to hospital.

The Press Association reported that Noel's wife, Lori, had told them his gig at Black Dog had been extremely successful, but that he had had a long drive home and was exhausted when he returned.

She added: "He will be loved and missed by more people than I ever knew.”

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Noel's Girl From UNCLE co-star, Stefanie Powers, said: "My darling friend Noel Harrison passed last night. Let us all light a candle to speed him on his way - he deserves to fly with the angels."
 
Music legend, Van Dyke Parks, who worked with Noel on the Murder in China Basin film soundtrack added: "Sad news, Noel Harrison has left us. Beloved friend."

The vast majority of Britain's national newspapers ran lengthy tributes to the singer after his death was announced.

Countless international newspapers and websites also wrote lengthy tributes. To read a selection, go to the cuttings archive.

 
 
 

 


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: 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: 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.

 
 

 
 
New song:

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: 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."
 
To read two newspaper articles where Noel discusses the build-up to the festival, go here and here.
 
 
 
  

 

 
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.

 



 
 
 
New Album: Out now!

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.

To listen to the album go to Noel's page on the RPM Challenge website. To download the tracks, you will need the Real Player installed on your computer.

Noel's son's, band, Highway Robbery, also recorded an album as part of the challenge, their tracks can be found here.

 

 
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