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Pot Luck with Elvis is the fifteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2523, in June of 1962. Recording sessions took place on March 22, 1961, at Radio Recorders in Hollywoodmarker, and on June 25 and October 15, 1961, and March 18 and March 19, 1962, at RCA Studio B in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker. It peaked at #4 on the Top Pop Albums chart.

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The album is dominated by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, who had written the chart-topping "Surrender" and the double-sided hit single " His Latest Flame" backed with "Little Sister." The tracks "Kiss Me Quick" and "Suspicion" would be pulled off for a Top 40 single almost two years later in April 1964. The rest of the tracks originated from regular Presley contributors such as Don Robertson, Otis Blackwell, and Paul Evans, with Blackwell's " Easy Question" also being used as a single release in June 1965 and climbing to #11 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, during a time when Presley was involved mostly in feature film and soundtrack work.

Presley co-wrote "That's Someone You Never Forget with his bodyguard, Red West. The ballad is believed to be in memory of Elvis Presley's mother Gladys Love Presley, who had died in 1958. The concept for the song came from Presley, who also wrote the title for the song when co-written with Red West. "That's Someone You Never Forget" was included on the Artist of the Century career retrospective compilation released in 1999. "You'll Be Gone" was another song from 1961 that Elvis Presley co-wrote with Red West and with Charlie Hodge. In May 1967, "That's Someone You Never Forget" was released as the B side to the RCA 45 single "Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)", issued as RCA 47-9115, and charted at no.92 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)", featured in the 1967 Elvis movie Double Trouble, reached no.63.

The song "Steppin' Out of Line" is an unused track from the sessions for Blue Hawaii.

Although like its predecessors in 1960 and 1961 Elvis Is Back! and Something For Everybody, Pot Luck easily made the top ten on the album chart, all three had been vastly outsold by the soundtrack albums G.I. Blues and Blue Hawaii, a pattern that would continue to hold for Presley through the mid-1960s. The soundtracks had the advantage of the films as a promotional tool and Colonel Tom Parker went against standard practice in the Americanmarker record industry by refusing to include hit singles on albums, which would have likely increased sales. As a result, Presley would concentrate on his movie career, and not make another non-soundtrack, non-gospel studio album for another seven years, until From Elvis in Memphis.

The July 13, 1999, compact disc reissue altered the running order of the album, and included five bonus tracks in two sides of one single, one b-side, and two tracks from the 1965 compilation album LSP 3450, Elvis for Everyone. The three single sides had been recorded at the sessions that yielded the balance of the album on March 18 and 19, 1962. One single had both sides written by the returning team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

"You'll Be Gone" was written by Elvis Presley, Red West, and Charlie Hodge in 1962 and was included on the 1965 Girl Happy movie soundtrack album. "You'll Be Gone" was also released as the B side to the RCA Victor 45 single with a double-sided picture sleeve that featured "Do the Clam" as the A side in 1965, RCA Victor 47-8500. "Do the Clam" reached no.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1965 while "You'll Be Gone" charted at no.121. "You'll Be Gone" is a song that Elvis Presley collaborated in composing, writing lyrics and music with Memphis Mafia members Red West and Charlie Hodge. Given the nature of the Elvis for Everyone LP, compiled from sessions spanning a ten-year stretch, RCA opted not to include it as part of its reissue program, appending its songs as bonus tracks to other albums as appropriate. The bonus tracks were all recorded at Studio B in Nashville.

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Track listing

Side One

Track Recorded Song title Writer(s) Time
1. 6/25/61 Kiss Me Quick Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:46
2. 3/18/62 Just for Old Time Sake Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:08
3. 3/18/62 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:27
4. 3/18/62 Easy Question Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott 2:18
5. 3/22/61 Steppin' Out of Line Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller 1:54
6. 6/25/61 I'm Yours Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:21


Side Two

Track Recorded Song title Writer(s) Time
1. 3/18/62 Something Blue Paul Evans and Al Byron 2:57
2. 3/19/62 Suspicion Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:34
3. 3/19/62 I Feel That I've Known You Forever Doc Pomus and Alan Jeffreys 1:39
4. 10/15/61 Night Rider Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:08
5. 3/18/62 Fountain of Love Bill Giant and Jeff Lewis 2:12
6. 6/25/61 That's Someone You Never Forget Elvis Presley and Red West 2:47


1999 reissue with bonus tracks

Chart position for albums from Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; positions for singles from Billboard Pop Singles chart.
Track Recorded Catalogue Release date Chart peak Song title Writer(s) Time
1. 6/25/61 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Kiss Me Quick Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:46
2. 3/18/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Just for Old Time Sake Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:08
3. 3/18/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Gonna Get Back Home Somehow Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:27
4. 10/15/61 LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 I Met Her Today Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:42
5. 3/18/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Easy Question Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott 2:18
6. 3/19/62 47-8041 7/17/62 #5 She's Not You Doc Pomus, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 2:08
7. 6/25/61 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 I'm Yours Hal Blair and Don Robertson 2:21
8. 3/18/62 47-8500b 2/9/65 You'll Be Gone Elvis Presley, Red West, Charlie Hodge 2:23
9. 3/18/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Something Blue Paul Evans and Al Byron 2:57
10. 3/19/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Suspicion Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:34
11. 3/19/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 I Feel That I've Known You Forever Doc Pomus and Alan Jeffreys 1:39
12. 10/15/61 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Night Rider Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman 2:08
13. 10/15/61 LSP 3450 8/10/65 #10 For the Millionth and Last Time Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper 2:05
14. 3/19/62 47-8041b 7/7/62 #55 Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller 1:51
15. 3/18/62 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Fountain of Love Bill Giant and Jeff Lewis 2:12
16. 6/25/61 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 That's Someone You Never Forget Elvis Presley and Red West 2:47
17. 3/22/61 LSP 2523 6/5/62 #4 Steppin' Out of Line Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Dolores Fuller 1:54


References

  1. Jorgensen, Ernst. Elvis Presley, A Life In Music. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998; ISBN 0-312-18572-3, p. 158.
  2. Ibid. p. 190.
  3. Ibid. p. 190.
  4. Ibid. p. 172.



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