Wheel of Fortune (1951 song)

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"Wheel of Fortune"
Song
Published1951
Songwriter(s)

"Wheel of Fortune" is a popular song written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss and published in 1951. It is best remembered in the 1952 hit version by Kay Starr.

The song was originally recorded in 1951, for RCA by Johnny Hartman, and about the same time for Crescendo Records by Al Costello with the Walter Scott Orchestra.[1][2] Several hit versions of "Wheel of Fortune" were released in 1952. The first chart hit was by the Eddie Wilcox Orchestra featuring Sunny Gale, whose version reached number 2 on the R&B chart and number 13 on the pop chart. The most successful version was by Kay Starr, whose recording reached number 1 in the US pop chart in March 1952, staying there for ten weeks. Other hit versions in 1952 came from Dinah Washington (number 3, R&B), Bobby Wayne (number 6, pop), The Cardinals (number 6, R&B), and The Bell Sisters (number 10, pop).[3][4]

The song was also used as the theme to the television series Wheel of Fortune.

Recorded versions[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Leszczak, Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014, ISBN 9781442230682, p.225
  2. ^ "Wheel of Fortune", SecondhandSongs.com. Retrieved 29 November 2017
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 606. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Record Research. p. 606. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  5. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 25-5000 to 25-5157 series
  6. ^ a b RCA Victor Records in the 20-4500 to 20-4999 series
  7. ^ a b Kay Starr interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  8. ^ Atlantic Records listing
  9. ^ Specialty Records listing
  10. ^ Downey Records in the 101 to 142 series
  11. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-4000 to 20-4499 series
  12. ^ Decca Records in the 48000 to 48282 series
  13. ^ Columbia Records in the 39500 to 39999 series
  14. ^ OKeh Records in the 6800 to 7096 series
  15. ^ Top Rank Records in the 2000 to 3006 series
  16. ^ a b Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  17. ^ Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  18. ^ Susan Raye Singles Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research.
  20. ^ King Records in the 1000 to 1496 series
  21. ^ Mercury Records in the 8000 to 8310 series
  22. ^ Mercury Records in the 5500 to 5912 series
  23. ^ "Remembering Sunny Gale" on The Interlude Era site
  24. ^ MGM Records in the 11000 to 11499 series