Love Potion No. 9 (song)

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"Love Potion No. 9"
Single by Hard Road
B-side"Not Here With Me"
Released1976
Length2:02
LabelInterpro Rechords
Writer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
 
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"Love Potion No. 9"
Single by Hard Road
B-side"Not Here With Me"
Released1976
Length2:02
LabelInterpro Rechords
Writer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
"Love Potion Number Nine"
Single by The Searchers
from the album Meet the Searchers
B-side"Hi-Heel Sneakers"
Released1964
GenreRock
Length2:05
LabelKapp Records KJB-27
Writer(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
The Searchers singles chronology
"When You Walk in the Room"
(1964)
"Love Potion Number Nine"
(1964)
"What Have They Done to the Rain"
(1964)

"Love Potion No. 9" is a song written in 1959 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally performed by The Clovers,[1] who took it to #23 on the US charts that year.[2]

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History

The song describes a man seeking help finding love, so he talks to a Gypsy, who determines through palm reading that he needs "love potion number 9". The potion causes him to fall in love with everything he sees, kissing whatever is in front of him, eventually kissing a cop on the corner, who breaks his bottle of love potion.

In an alternative version of the ending of the Clovers' song, they recorded the lyrics:

"I had so much fun that I'm going back again,
I wonder what a-happen with Love Potion Number Ten?"[1]

Some radio stations banned the song, due to the lyrics involving "Kissing a cop".

The lyrics mention being "a flop with chicks" since 1956; this is often changed to a later year such as 1996 or 2006 when performed by singers who weren't even born in that year.

Covers

In popular culture

Parodies

References

  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 14 - Big Rock Candy Mountain: Rock 'n' roll in the late fifties. [Part 4] : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19763/m1/. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
  2. ^ The Clovers' charting singles Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Searchers, The - Love Potion Number Nine / Hi-Heel Sneakers at Discogs". Discogs. http://www.discogs.com/Searchers-Love-Potion-Number-Nine-Hi-Heel-Sneakers/master/281594. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  4. ^ American Graffiti Original Soundtrack Retrieved February 7, 2012.

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