Luck of the Elvish overcomes St. Patrick’s Day blues

I’m hard-pressed this morning to come up with a St. Patrick’s Day or Irish-themed post related to Elvis.

I thought about comparing all of his versions of “Danny Boy,” but I’m still missing one or two. Maybe next year.

I then considered listing all of his songs with “green” in the title, but it turns out there are only two. I suppose I could rank them and end this post right here, but I’m not even sure two songs constitutes a list.

If only St. Patrick’s Day revolved around blue instead of green, then Elvis would be the go-to man. He recorded at least 19 different songs with a form of “blue” in the title.

For a brief moment, I believed I had found the answer by returning to an idea that I had for St. Patrick’s Day last year – ranking all of his “lucky” songs. In fact, I had to go back to make sure I didn’t already write that post.

When Valentine’s Day rolled around this year, I almost used the exact same post idea as last year. Fortunately, I caught myself in time and just bumped the old post to the top for the day.

Today, I soon found there was a very good reason I didn’t use last year’s St. Patrick’s Day idea at that time. There are only four Elvis songs with “luck” in the title. That’s twice as good as a green list, at least.

What’s a blogger to do? Combine all of these concepts, of course!

Kid GalahadHere’s a ranking of Elvis Presley’s lucky green songs – with a “Danny Boy” thrown in for good measure.

#1 Danny Boy (1976)
From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee

#2 Good Luck Charm (1961)
Elvis’ Golden Records, Volume 3

#3 Hard Luck (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#4 Green, Green Grass Of Home (1975)
Elvis Today

#5 Beginner’s Luck (1965)
Frankie And Johnny

#6 I Got Lucky (1961)
I Got Lucky

#7 A Little Bit Of Green (1969)
From Memphis To Vegas/From Vegas To Memphis

I must be doing something right, because it turned out to be seven songs. Have a fun day, everyone.

9 thoughts on “Luck of the Elvish overcomes St. Patrick’s Day blues

    • “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is actually an American song that only sounds Irish. In fact, the writer was apparently born here in Virginia.

      Were I to give it an honorary spot, I would place it at #7, bumping “A Little Bit Of Green” down to #8.

      Lieutenant Kevin Riley does an ear-wrenching version of “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” in the 1966 Star Trek episode “The Naked Time.” As far as I know, it’s the only song that appears in both the Star Trek and Elvis Presley music catalogs. [At least out of the original Star Trek. I don’t count all that Next Generation stuff.]

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      • I am impressed by the info. I must have watched the Star Trek episode but it has gone from my memory. I suspect I think of Kathleen as Irish because I have it in my head that Victor McLaglen listens to it proudly in a John Ford movie. It is definitely better than A Little Bit Of Green which to my shame is an English song.

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  1. Stretching it a bit, maybe “Stay Away” could be included, as it is based on the music from “Greensleeves.” Also, according to Guralnick, “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” has always been “a staple for Irish tenors,” so maybe it qualifies for that honory spot.

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    • I know I’m an unreconstructed UK rock and roller but please do not compare all the versions of Danny Boy. One is enough although I have to admit Elvis does a fine version as does Jackie Wilson.

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      • My favorite “Danny Boy” by Elvis is probably the informal version from 1959 on A Golden Celebration, though I love his 1976 take on the song as well. One of the versions I’ve not yet collected is the live version from 1976, which I’ve heard from others is quite good. [Actually, it turns out that is the only officially released version I’m missing.]

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