Beginner's Luck

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Words & Music: Sid Tepper/ Roy C. Bennett
First time I fell in love
I fell in love with you
First time I dared to dream
My only dream came true

Must be beginner's luck
To wish upon a star
That opened up my eyes
And there you are

I wave no magic wand
I own no lucky charms
How then can I explain
An angel in my arms
Must be beginner's luck
What else can it be
When someone wonderful as you
Loves me
Recorded: 1965/05/12, first released on Frankie and Johnny

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bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 11, 2014report abuse
I din't like this one when I first heard it on the original vinyl album. The mix didn't do Elvis' voice any favour.
But, the wonderful remix found on the DF release changed all! Even added a piano intro the song comes off as pleasant and well sung ballad. Check that one out! The remix of the Frankie & Johnny album on the DF release actually takes the album to a higher level. Include the Harum Scarum album also which were treated for the better with the remix found on the DF release.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 10, 2014report abuse
The songs not bad and Elvis gives a really nice almost informal sounding vocal . But the song is let down by a sub-par mix. Still this was one of my favorites from the F&J album back in 1966 and I still like it. Reminds me a little of the song Almost from The Trouble with Girls especially Elvis"delivery..
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2013report abuse
Elvis starts acapella; it's a nice song. I like it.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2013report abuse
"Beginner's Luck" is such a beautiful, overlooked and underrated ballad and I've never skipped it. Elvis' rendition of it was spectacular too.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2012report abuse
A beautiful ballad well sung as usual by Elvis in his silky, soulful, warm voice. I add echo to the F&J songs and this one sounds even better - 4 stars from me.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2012report abuse
A nice enough little ballad, but to me, the sound quality on this track has always sounded poor.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 7, 2010report abuse
One of the most unbearable movies, but a song I truly like. And I liked how "up front" Elvis' voice is, afterall, his voice is so spectacularly beautiful it really makes a fairly plain ballad like this something special. And I can't exactly argue with the charges of "schmaltz", but man, if you first hear this track when you are 10 or 11, when you may have your first crush on a girl....it becomes one of those "soundtrack of your life" kinda songs. (Thank God you don't have to fill out the rest of the soundtrack with other "Frankie and Johnny" tracks...")
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
A good ballad from the movie and LP "Frankie and Johnny". Not quite in the league of his best movie ballads ("Can't Help Falling In Love" and "They Remind Me Too Much Of You"), but a very enjoyable track. This entire album was produced with the concept that more of Elvis' voice and the less we heard the backing vocals and band the better, so the production is not top notch (luckily RCA discontinued this method of production for his releases shortly after this LP). The scene in the movie which contains this scene is a nice scene with Elvis serenading the beautiful Donna Douglas while lying with his head in her lap in a dream sequence.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Nice vocal, but very average song. Typical movie schmaltz done all too often. Production is terrible with Elvis way up front again in the mix.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Beautiful lyrics...beautiful melody...beautiful voice !
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Average movie song. Nothing more, nothing less
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
A rare bearable song from these writers. Nice lyrics and pleasant enough melody. Fine but nothing special.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Nice, pleasant, well-sung movie schmaltz. Nothing more. But, then again, I love schmaltz.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Typical of the many movie songs created by these two writers for Elvis. I suppose it says something when the soundtrack took over 30 years to achieve platinum status.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 6, 2010report abuse
Prefer the bluesy song "Hard Luck".
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 21, 2009report abuse
A so-so ballad that we had too many of up to this point. Tepper/Bennett were kings of schmaltz and their songs all started to sound alike. Boy did Elvis need some good writers at this point.