Album Title : Pot Luck
Catalogue Number : LPM - 2523
Year Release : 5th June 1962
Side 1 : Kiss Me Quick - Just For Old Times Sake - Gonna Get Back Home Somehow - (Such An) Easy Question - Steppin' Out Of Line - I'm Yours
Side 2 : Something Blue - Suspicion - I Feel That I've Known You Forever - Night Rider - Fountain Of Love - That's Someone You Never Forget
Brief History :
Pot Luck with Elvis is the fifteenth album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Victor in mono and stereo, LPM/LSP 2523, in June 1962. Recording sessions took place on March 22, 1961, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, and on June 25 and October 15, 1961, and March 18 and March 19, 1962, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tennessee. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
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 "(Marie's the Name of) 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, following a hit cover version of the latter song by Terry Stafford (a Elvis sound alike). The rest of the tracks originated from regular Presley contributors such as Don Robertson, Otis Blackwell, and Paul Evans, with Blackwell's "(Such An) 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.
"That's Someone You Never Forget", with concept and title by Presley, was written in conjunction with Red West and possibly in memory of Elvis' deceased mother, Gladys Presley. The song would later go to #92 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1967 as the B-side to the single "Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)". Another song from these sessions written by Presley and West, this time with fellow Memphis Mafia cohort Charlie Hodge, "You'll Be Gone", would appear as the b-side to "Do the Clam". 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 American 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.
Front Cover : Photo of Elvis. Album title to left. Catalogue number bottom left.
Rear Cover : Advert for 13 Elvis albums 4 with photos & one EP. Bottom centre Printed In U.S.A.
Label : Black with silver lettering & dog on top.
Side 1 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 1. Long Play at bottom.
Side 2 : Right side has "New Orthophonic" High Fidelity under the number 2. Long Play at bottom.
Pressing Plant : Hollywood
Matrix Number Side 1 : N2PP - 1885 - 4S (Machine Stamped)
Matrix Number Side 2 : N2PP - 1886 - 4S (Machine Stamped)