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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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