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Pot Luck

Released:May. 18, 1962

Released just one year after his last studio album, Pot Luck was the product of a two-night Nashville session in March. All the songs were newly written save for the Leiber-Stoller catalog composition “Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello,” which Hill and Range rep Freddy Bienstock was so convinced was going to be a hit that it was saved for single release from the start. There were five Doc Pomus songs (including one newly written with Leiber and Stoller and very much in the Don Robertson vein); Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott made a significant contribution with “(Such An) Easy Question”; and even Elvis himself delivered his second co-write, “You’ll Be Gone,” a joint effort with Red West and Charlie Hodge (his first, “That’s Someone You Never Forget,” recorded the previous June, actually appeared on the album along with two other songs from that session, but “You’ll Be Gone” was temporarily shelved). To some extent the album really was “pot luck,” but it also represented one of his strongest showings of original album material to date. It was in addition a highly commercial mix, as underscored by the success of Pomus and Shuman’s “Suspicion” in a copy cover single by Terry Stafford some eighteen months later and the subsequent release of “(Such An) Easy Question” and “I’m Yours” as back-to-back Elvis singles in 1965 only further emphasized. Still, it sold no more than the by-now-predictable 300,000 copies, bearing out once again the sharp commercial distinction between soundtrack and non-soundtrack albums.

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  • Kiss Me Quick

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded June 25, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Claves: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Just For Old Time Sake

    Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett. Recorded March 18, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Gonna Get Back Home Somehow

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded March 18, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • (Such An) Easy Question

    Otis Blackwell/Winfield Scott. Recorded March 18, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Steppin’ Out Of Line

    Fred Wise/Ben Weisman/Dolores Fuller. Recorded for the motion picture Blue Hawaii. Recorded March 22, 1961 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: D.J. Fontana, Hal Blaine, Bernie Mattinson. Piano: Floyd Cramer. Piano & Celeste: Dudley Brooks. Saxophone: Boots Randolph. Steel Guitar: Alvino Rey. Harmonica: George Fields. Ukulele: Fred Tavares, Bernie Lewis. Vocals: The Jordanaires, The Surfers
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  • I’m Yours

    Don Robertson. Recorded June 25, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Claves: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Something Blue

    Paul Evans/Al Byron. Recorded March 18, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Suspicion

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded March 19, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • I Feel That I’ve Known You Forever

    Alan Jeffries/Doc Pomus. Recorded March 19, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Night Rider

    Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman. Recorded October 15, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Jerry Kennedy, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Clarinet: Boots Randolph. Accordion: Gordon Stoker. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • Fountain Of Love

    Bill Giant/Jeff Lewis. Recorded March 18, 1962 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar & Vibes: Grady Martin. Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Saxophone & Vibes: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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  • That’s Someone You Never Forget

    Red West/Elvis Presley. Recorded June 25, 1961 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: Hank Garland, Scotty Moore, Neal Matthews. Bass: Bob Moore. Drums: Buddy Harman, D.J. Fontana. Piano & Organ: Floyd Cramer. Piano: Gordon Stoker. Claves: Boots Randolph. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires
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Credits

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  • Elvis Presley
    vocals, guitar
  • Scotty Moore
    guitar
  • Hank Garland
    guitar
  • Tiny Timbrell
    guitar
  • Harold Bradley
    guitar
  • Grady Martin
    guitar, vibes
  • Floyd Cramer
    piano, organ
  • Dudley Brooks
    piano
  • Gordon Stoker
    piano
  • Bob Moore
    double bass
  • D. J. Fontana
    drums
  • Buddy Harman
    drums
  • Millie Kirkham
    backing vocals
  • The Jordanaires
    backing vocals
  • Boots Randolph
    saxophone
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