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"
ReleasedMay 1968
Songwriter(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.