1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Lucky Lips recorded by Gale Storm with Billy Vaughn’s Orchestra
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Introduced March 16, 1957, on Dot records #15539
Gale Storm’s recordings for Dot Records are most often associated with her popular ‘cover’ recordings of rhythm and blues songs originally released by less well-known artists. Her hit Why Do Fools Fall in Love? was originally recorded by Frankie Lymon & Teenagers; I Hear You Knockin’ was first recorded by Smiley Lewis; Otis Williams and the Charms introduced Ivory Tower; and Dark Moon was a cover of the Bonnie Guitar recording. Even this light-rock/slightly-country pop recording, Lucky Lips (Are always kissin’) was originally recorded by R&B vocalist Ruth Brown. But Gale Storm brought her acting talent into the recording studio—you can hear the perky smile in her distinctive chirpy voice explaining that she’s got more than other girls. A chorus repeats “lucky lips, lucky lips” and a strong beat moves the song along, but never enough to break into the top-fifty in the charts. Josephine Cottle changed her name to Gale Storm and moved to Hollywood in 1939 where she became a leading lady in several films during the 40s and early 50s. Randy Woods of Dot records heard her sing on the Comedy Hour Show, called her while she was on the show and signed her to a recording contract. On her popular early fifties TV series ‘My Little Margie’ she played a scheming, meddlesome daughter constantly and amusingly trying to circumvent her father’s parental control.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"When I was just a little girl with long and silky curls, my mama told me ‘Honey you’ve got more than other girls"