The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart

The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Live album by Bob Newhart
Released May 6, 1960[1]
Genre Stand-up comedy
Length 31:55
Label Warner Bros.
Bob Newhart chronology
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
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The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a 1960 live album by comedian Bob Newhart. Recorded at the Tidelands Club in Houston, Texas, the debut album by Newhart was number one on the Billboard pop album chart and 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.

Newhart wanted the title to be The Most Celebrated New Comedian Since Attila the Hun, but Warner Bros. executives created the album's title and Newhart had to settle for his idea as a subtitle.[3]

The album was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. According to an NPR interview with Newhart, it is the 20th-best-selling of all time on Billboard's charts.

Track listing

  1. "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue" – 7:31
  2. "The Cruise of the U.S.S. Codfish" – 5:01
  3. "Merchandising the Wright Brothers" – 3:12
  4. "The Krushchev Landing Rehearsal" – 4:47
  5. "Driving Instructor" – 8:03
  6. "Nobody Will Ever Play Baseball" – 3:21

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1961 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (mono) 1


  1. Liner Notes, ""Something Like This…": The Bob Newhart Anthology, released 2001 Warner Bros.
  2. Allmusic review
  3. Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7.

In 1993 the San Diego based band Cranial Vacancy used audio portions of "Driving Instructor" in their song titled "Quoting Bob & More"

Preceded by
G.I. Blues by Elvis Presley
Billboard 200 number-one album (mono)
January 1 – January 15, 1961
Succeeded by
Wonderful by Night by Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra

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