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Love Potion #9 by The Clovers

Album: Love Potion #9Released: 1959Charted:
23
  • This was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was initially recorded by The Clovers, who were an R&B group, but was quickly covered by many white Pop groups.
  • The Clovers were one of the few R&B groups of this time period to cross over into Rock And Roll. They started in 1946 as a trio of Armstrong High School (Washington, D.C.) students, and underwent many personnel changes in the next 4 years. They initially recorded for Rainbow in 1950 but changed to Atlantic in 1951, where they stayed for 7 years and became known for their stirring their live performances. This was their last hit.
  • The Searchers' 1965 version was the biggest hit, reaching #3 in the US. Pickwick Records capitalized on this when they bought the rights to some of The Clovers' old tracks and released them as The Original Love Potion #9 by the Clovers.
  • Other artists to cover this include Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (1965), The Ventures (February 1965), The Coasters (1971), Beau Nasty (1989) and Neil Diamond (1993).
  • The original song included alternative final lyrics: the album version had it, "I had so much fun that I'm going back again, I wonder what happens with Love Potion #10!"
  • "Love Potion #9" is also the title of a 1992 romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock, based loosely on the song. (thanks, Ekristheh - Halath)
  • Leiber and Stoller wrote many songs like "Hound Dog" and "Charlie Brown" with fun and entertaining lyrics. This was the same idea: the song is about a guy who drinks a love potion concocted by a gypsy. He gets carried away and starts kissing everything he sees, including a cop who breaks his bottle of potion.
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Comments: 7

On January 10th 1965, "Love Potion Number Nine" by the Searchers peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 22nd, 1964 and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100 (and 6 of those 14 weeks were on Top 10)...
It was the groups only Top 10 entry in America; their biggest U.S.A. hit was "Needles & Pins" at #13 (in their native U.K. they had three #1s, "Sweets for My Sweet", "Needles and Pins", and "Don't Throw Your Love Away")...
The Clovers original version in 1959 reached #23 on both Billboard's Top 100 and Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
In 1972 the Coasters' covered version reached #76 (it was their 19th & last record to make Billboard's Top 100).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Another good story song by Jerry Leiber....he wrote some fun lyrics!Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
Although I hate to be "that guy", I immediately thought of ecstasy when I listened to the lyrics....ahaha....Chloe - St. Louis, Mo
Awesome song, really clever.

That "I wonder what happens with love potion no. 9" thing, absolutely fantastic.
George - Salvador, Brazil
This a very clever, engaging song.Guy - Woodinville, Wa
The Clovers' original is much better than The Searchers version, though their's is the one you'll hear on the radio. I heard the original on the American Graffiti Soundtrack.Henry - Kingston, Ny
This song is actually pretty dang good. At first it seems like a mediocre song but when you really listen to it with the music and all, it's really fun and uplifting.Jon - Oakridge, Or