What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)

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"What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)"
Single by Jerry Lee Lewis
from the album Another Place, Another Time
B-side "All the Good Is Gone"
Released May 1968
Genre Country
Length 2:35
Label Smash
Writer(s) Glenn Sutton
Producer(s) Jerry Kennedy
Eddie Kilroy
Jerry Lee Lewis singles chronology
"Another Place Another Time"
"What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)"
"She Still Comes Around (to Love What's Left of Me)"

"What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)" is a song written by Glenn Sutton. The song's title is a reference to beer, specifically Schlitz beer, which for many years was advertised with the slogan, "The beer that made Milwaukee famous."[1]

In 1968, Jerry Lee Lewis released his version as a single. It became a top 10 hit on Billboard's Country chart and also made a minor impact on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles 94
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

Cover versions[edit]

In 1971, writer Sutton's wife Lynn Anderson recorded a version for her album How Can I Unlove You.

In the United Kingdom, a version by Rod Stewart charted at #4 in 1972 as a double A-side with "Angel."

The Del McCoury Band recorded the song on their album, A Deeper Shade of Blue. Country artist Hank Thompson recorded another version, as did Johnny Bush.

More recently, a live version appeared on Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly's 1997 release Alive Behind the Green Door.

The Texas band What Made Milwaukee Famous takes its name from this song.

Preceded by
"Folsom Prison Blues"
by Johnny Cash
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

August 19, 1968
Succeeded by
"Already It's Heaven"
by David Houston