You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio

Year Inducted: 2007
Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Written In:1972
Lyricist(s):Joni Mitchell
Composer(s):Joni Mitchell

You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio was Joni Mitchell’s first hit single from her 1972 album For the Roses, reaching the Billboard top 20 in January 1973. The country-inspired song about the struggle to maintain one’s innocence and vision in the recording industry was a lighter step away from Mitchell’s usually introspective lyrics.

Featuring seductive lyrics peppered with sexual innuendos and humorous touches, You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio was written as a joke for David Geffen who was prodding her to write a hit single

Graham Nash took part in sessions for the song, and his harmonica part was used on the final release. The song also features a beautifully orchestrated chorus.

Cover artists include: Wynonna Judd, Iris Koch, Little Miss Higgins, Jane Hall, Beth Nielsen Chapman, The Cantrells, Carmina, Steve Goldberger, Gail Davies, and many more.

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