Day 74: “Glad All Over”

When was it recorded?  Jul. 16, 1963

When was it first released, and on which album?  Nov. 30, 1994 on “Live at the BBC”

Who wrote it?  Aaron Schroeder/Sid Tepper/Roy C. Bennett

Have I heard this song before?  No

What my research dug up:

Yes, three people wrote this song. In summary, all three are/were American songwriters and music publishers known for their work with Elvis Presley. Broken down:

Schroeder (1926-2009) wrote over 1500 songs performed by artists such as Roy Orbison, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone. Of note are

  • “At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade,” performed by Rosemary Clooney
  • 17 songs performed by Elvis Presley including five #1 hits — “A Big Hunk o’ Love,” “Good Luck Charm,” “I Got Stung,” “Stuck on You” and “It’s Now or Never”

Bennett and Tepper met as kids in Brooklyn then worked as a songwriting duo (both are retired but still alive and kicking). They published over 300 songs between 1945 and 1970 for artists including Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. Of note are

  • “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” performed by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
  • “The Young Ones,” performed by Cliff Richard (the best selling single of his career)
  • 43 songs for Elvis (primarily included in his films)
  • “Suzy Snowflake” and “Nuttin’ for Christmas” (which blew my mind since I grew up seeing those as ‘traditional’ holiday songs)

Carl Perkins originally recorded “Glad All Over”; I wrote about him extensively on Day 63: “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby.” His version was recorded in 1957 and released as a single on Jan. 6, 1958. Perkins and his band performed the tune on the 1957 film “Jamboree” (or “Disc Jockey Jamboree”). Here’s a clip of it. (Schroeder also has a cameo in the movie, but we don’t see him in this part.)

Like their cover of Carl Perkin’s “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” George sings lead on “Glad All Over.”

The Beatles recorded “Glad All Over” twice for BBC radio. The first version was recorded Jul. 16, 1963 and aired on “Pop Go the Beatles” Aug. 20. This version is the one on “Live at the BBC.”

The second version was recorded Jul. 30, 1963 and aired on “Saturday Club” on Aug. 24. Talk about a clustered schedule. This version was finally released last year on “On Air – Live at the BBC, Vol. 2.”

Also like “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,” Carl Perkins and George performed “Glad All Over” together during the cable special “Blue Suede Shoes.”  This time Ringo gets in on the action, playing the tambourine like a champ.

It’s a good song, catchy, short and sweet.  I don’t have much more to say about it.




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