The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart

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[3] 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.[4] 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.

The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
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Live album by
ReleasedMay 6, 1960[1]
GenreStand-up comedy
LabelWarner Bros.
Bob Newhart chronology
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]

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.[5]

The album was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.[6]

In popular cultureEdit

Pete Campbell listens to the album in Mad Men Season 1, Episode 4, "New Amsterdam".

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.

Track listingEdit

  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


Year Chart Position
1961 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) (mono)[citation needed] 1


  1. ^ Liner Notes, ""Something Like This…": The Bob Newhart Anthology, released 2001 Warner Bros.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1960-08-01). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  4. ^ billboard
  5. ^ Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7.
  6. ^ "'Button-Down Mind' Changed Modern Comedy".