1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Wheel of Fortune recorded by Kay Starr introduced February 16, 1952
Written by Bennie Benjamin & George Weiss
Orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney
Opening with its instantly recognizable clicking spinning wheel, Kay Starrís first platinum record stayed at #1 for ten weeks in the spring of 1952. While the Wheel of Fortune is turning, turning, turning, brassy Kay Starr is yearning for love in this era-defining slice of adult pop. She also had hits in 1952 with Comes A-Long A-Love and her own gospel-flavored Kayís Lament.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"While the wheel is turning, turning, turning Iíll be yearning, yearning, for loveís precious flame"