|The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart|
|Live album by|
|Released||May 6, 1960|
|Recorded||February 10, 1960|
|Bob Newhart chronology|
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a 1960 live album by comedian Bob Newhart. Recorded at the Tidelands Club in Houston, Texas, Newhart's debut album reached #1 on the Billboard Mono Action Albums chart (later the Billboard 200) on August 1, 1960, and remained at the top for 14 weeks. The album stayed on the chart for two years, selling over 600,000 copies near release and ranking as the 20th best-selling album of all time on the Billboard charts. It won Album of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards, where Newhart was named Best New Artist; it was the first comedy album to win Album of the Year and the only time a comedian had won Best New Artist.
In popular culture
In the pilot episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Joel Maisel performs routines from the album at a cafe, passing them off as his own work. This is anachronistic, as the episode is set in 1958, two years before the album was released.
- "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue" – 7:31
- "The Cruise of the U.S.S. Codfish" – 5:01
- "Merchandising the Wright Brothers" – 3:12
- "The Krushchev Landing Rehearsal" – 4:47
- "Driving Instructor" – 8:03
- "Nobody Will Ever Play Baseball" – 3:21
- Liner Notes, ""Something Like This…": The Bob Newhart Anthology, released 2001 Warner Bros.
- "The Reader's Digest". 169. Reader's Digest Association. 2006: 96. Cite journal requires
- Allmusic review
- Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1960-08-01). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
- Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7.
- "'Button-Down Mind' Changed Modern Comedy". NPR.org.