Some Guys Have All the Luck

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"Some Guys Have All the Luck" is a song written by Jeff Fortgang (often misspelled "Fortang"),[1] which has been a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 twice, first by The Persuaders in 1973 (reaching #39), then by Rod Stewart in 1984, whose version hit #10. Stewart's version incorporates a vocal refrain from "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence "Frogman" Henry. The Shakers recorded it for their debut album "Yankee Reggae" (Elektra, 1976) and released the song as promo-only 45 rpm single.

Fortgang wrote many songs during his three years in the music business after graduating Yale in 1971, but sold only this one (other than several public service radio spots on topics such as alcoholism and VD). He went on to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and still works in the mental health field in the Boston area. The major hit by Stewart arrived after Fortgang was well into his psychology career.

Cover versions[edit]

"Some Girls Have All the Luck"
Single by Louise Mandrell
from the album Maybe My Baby
B-side How Did It Get So Late
Released November 1985
Format 7"
Recorded January 1985
Genre Country
Length 3:02
Label RCA Records 45301
Writer(s) Jeff Fortgang
Producer(s) Eddie Kilroy
Louise Mandrell singles chronology
"I Wanna Say Yes"
"Some Girls Have All the Luck"
"Talking About You Abby"

Louise Mandrell recorded a country version of the song in 1985, altering the lyrics to the female perspective and changing the title to "Some Girls Have All the Luck". Mandrell's version peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1986. A music video was filmed for the song.

Maxi Priest recorded this on his album Maxi in 1987.[2]

Kelly Clarkson covered the song for her "All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Tour". The lyrics were also altered to the female perspective.

Raymond Watts of PIG covered the song as part of his Pig Orchestra project.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for the episode "Good Old Simon" from their TV series.

Other artists who have recorded this song include Robert Palmer (UK #16 in 1982), whose version had a significantly altered melody and lyrics, and Maxi Priest (UK #12 in 1987), as well as a number of reggae artists, including Junior Tucker, Derrick Harriott, Camera Obscura, Jacob Miller, Judge Dread and The Shakers. After Palmer's death, Rod Stewart began using the Palmer-style arrangement in live concerts.


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  2. ^ "Maxi Priest - Some Guys Have All The Luck". Youtube. Retrieved 29 March 2015.