The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9


The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9

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  "Love Potion No. 9" is a song written in 1959 by Jerry leiber and Mike Stoller. It was originally performed by the Clovers, who took it to number 23 on the US as well as R&B charts that year.

 

History

The song describes a man seeking help to find love, so he talks to a Gypsy who determines, by means of palmistry, that he needs "love potion number 9". The potion, an aphrodisiac, causes him to fall in love with everything he sees, kissing whatever is in front of him, eventually kissing a policeman on the street-corner, who breaks his bottle of love potion.

In one recorded version of the ending of the song, used in the soundtrack to the film American Graffiti, The Clovers used the alternative lyrics:

I had so much fun that I'm going back again,
I wonder what'll happen with Love Potion Number Ten?

The narrator describes himself as being "a flop with chicks ... since 1956"; later recordings of the song have often changed the year to suit the year of recording or the age of the performer.

 

Charts

Chart (1965) Peak
position
Germany (Officail German Charts) 23
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Cash Box Top 100 2

 

 

 

 

The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9 / Stay Awhile

U.K. London HLT 8949 (1959) round centre.

The vinyl has remained in excellent condition.

Both record labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays only minimal signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with a company paper sleeve.

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