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Beginner's Luck

3.4 / 5

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

Recordingdate: 1965/05/12, first released on: Frankie and Johnny (album)


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Steve V wrote on August 21, 2009
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.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on January 06, 2010
Prefer the bluesy song "Hard Luck".
old shep wrote on January 06, 2010
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.
JerryNodak wrote on January 06, 2010
Nice, pleasant, well-sung movie schmaltz. Nothing more. But, then again, I love schmaltz.
Monster wrote on January 06, 2010
A rare bearable song from these writers. Nice lyrics and pleasant enough melody. Fine but nothing special.
JLpResLey wrote on January 06, 2010
Average movie song. Nothing more, nothing less
My boy, my boy wrote on January 06, 2010
Beautiful lyrics...beautiful melody...beautiful voice !
dgirl wrote on January 06, 2010
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.
Deano1 wrote on January 06, 2010
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.
NONE000000 wrote on January 07, 2010
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...")
Marty_TCE wrote on June 19, 2012
A nice enough little ballad, but to me, the sound quality on this track has always sounded poor.
Gorse wrote on December 06, 2012
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.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 05, 2013
"Beginner's Luck" is such a beautiful, overlooked and underrated ballad and I've never skipped it. Elvis' rendition of it was spectacular too.
sugartummy wrote on February 26, 2013
Elvis starts acapella; it's a nice song. I like it.
Lou A wrote on March 10, 2014
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..
bajo wrote on March 11, 2014
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.
FM wrote on November 28, 2018
Luv this song
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