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Song Lyric Sunday – Good Luck Charm

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Fate, Fortune, Luck and I this will give us some great music.


“Good Luck Charm” was written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold and recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961. The song was released in 1962 and reached #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the UK Singles Chart. It went on to be certified Platinum that same year. It would be Elvis’ last #1 song until 1969 when “Suspicious Minds” was released.

Sadly, “Good Luck Charm” was the  beginning of the end for the very lucrative Elvis era in the charts. The ownership of this song was taken to the courts. It seems Colonel Parker (Elvis’s manager) had always forced songwriters to sign over the publishing rights for any song  they wrote that Elvis recorded. This legal tussle would result in other songwriters either no longer submitting songs for Presley to record or submitting very few.

”The bottom line was that Schroeder, who in the past had complied with Colonel Parker’s requirement that composers sign over the publishing rights to their songs recorded by Presley to the singer’s publishing company, was no longer willing to do so. Schroeder, who composed hundreds of songs, many recorded by other top artists— including Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como, and Pat Boone—decided he was going to retain the publishing rights to Good Luck Charm.”

Hanson, Alan. “Elvis Presley’s 1962 PIVOTAL Single Release of Good Luck Charm.” Elvis Presley’s 1962 Pivotal Single Release of Good Luck Charm, http://www.elvis-History-Blog.com, 2010, http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/good-luck-charm.html.

Good Luck Charm
Lyrics from Genius Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Don’t want a four leaf clover
Don’t want an old horse shoe
Want your kiss because I just can’t miss
With a good luck charm like you

[Chorus]
Come on and be my little good luck charm
Uh-huh huh, you sweet delight
I want a good luck charm
A-hanging on my arm
To have, to have, to hold, to hold tonight

[Verse 2]
Don’t want a silver dollar
Rabbit’s foot on a string
The happiness in your warm caress
No rabbit’s foot can bring

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
If I found a lucky penny
I’d toss it across the bay
Your love is worth all the gold on earth
No wonder that I say

[Chorus]


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other bloger

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Good Luck Charm”

  1. I jumped on the word ‘Fortune’. One of my mum’s favourite songs that soon became one of mine too, the almost forgotten voice of the wonderful Kay Starr.
    ‘Wheel of Fortune’. It was released the same year I was born.

    The wheel of fortune
    Goes spinning around
    Will the arrow point my way?
    Will this be my day?
    Oh, wheel of fortune
    Please don’t pass me by
    Let me know the magic of
    A kiss and a sigh
    While the wheel is spinning, spinning, spinning
    I’ll not dream of winning, fortune or even fame
    While the wheel is turning, turning, turning
    I’ll be yearning, yearning
    For love’s precious flame
    Oh, wheel of fortune
    I’m hoping somehow
    If you ever smile on me
    Please let it be now
    While the wheel is spinning, spinning, spinning
    I’ll not dream of winning, fortune or even fame
    While the wheel is turning, turning, turning
    I’ll be yearning, yearning
    For love’s precious flame
    Oh, wheel of fortune
    I’m hoping sometime
    If you ever smile on me
    Please let it be now
    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: Bennie Benjamin / George David Weiss
    Wheel of Fortune lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Concord Music Publishing LLC

    Best wishes, Pete.

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