The Lucky One (Laura Branigan song)

"The Lucky One", also known as "The Lucky One (Like a Wild Bird of Prey)", is a song by American singer Laura Branigan from her third studio album, Self Control (1984). It was released on July 2, 1984, as the album's second single. The song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Branigan's fifth top-20 entry.

"The Lucky One"
Single by Laura Branigan
from the album Self Control
B-side
  • "Breaking Out"
  • "Silent Partners"
ReleasedJuly 2, 1984 (1984-07-02)
Format
Recorded1983
Length4:10
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Bruce Roberts
Producer(s)
Laura Branigan singles chronology
"Self Control"
(1984)
"The Lucky One"
(1984)
"Ti Amo"
(1984)

Branigan's performance of "The Lucky One" won the Grand Prix award at the Tokyo Music Festival held April 1, 1984; the prize was three million yen ($13,400).[1]

The song was used as the theme for the 1983 television film An Uncommon Love. In 2000, Australian-born Irish singer Johnny Logan released a cover version as the third and final single from his album Love Is All (1999).

Music video

The music video for "The Lucky One" was directed by Michael Heldman and filmed in Montecito, California.[2] The video depicts Branigan as a gas station attendant who dreams she is brought to a lavish country manor, where she receives instruction in how to display a polished deportment.

Track listings

7" single[3]
No.TitleLength
1."The Lucky One"4:10
2."Breaking Out"3:50
7" single (Japan)[4]
No.TitleLength
1."The Lucky One"4:10
2."Silent Partners"4:06
12" single[5]
No.TitleLength
1."The Lucky One" (Jack White mix)5:04
2."Breaking Out"3:50
12" single (Europe)[6]
No.TitleLength
1."The Lucky One" (Jack White mix)5:04
2."The Lucky One" (John Robie mix)5:25
3."Breaking Out"3:50

Charts

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 48
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 53
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[9] 6
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[10] 37
France (SNEP)[11] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 56
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 20
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[16] 13
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[17] 10
US Cash Box Top 100[18] 22
West Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 33

References

  1. Miami Herald. April 2, 1984.
  2. "Laura Branigan – "The lucky one"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  3. "Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Vinyl, 7")". Discogs. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. "Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Vinyl, 7" Japan)". Discogs. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  5. "Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Vinyl, 12")". Discogs. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  6. "Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Vinyl, 12" Europe)". Discogs. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  7. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. p. 45. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8724." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  9. "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9514." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  10. "European Top 100 Singles" (PDF). Eurotipsheet. Vol. 1 no. 29. October 15, 1984. p. 4. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved October 22, 2018 via American Radio History.
  11. "Lescharts.com – Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Like a Wild Bird of Pray)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  12. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Lucky One". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  13. "Swisscharts.com – Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Like a Wild Bird of Pray)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  14. "Laura Branigan: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  15. "Laura Branigan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  16. "Laura Branigan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  17. "Laura Branigan Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  18. "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending October 6, 1984". Cash Box. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  19. "Offiziellecharts.de – Laura Branigan – The Lucky One (Like a Wild Bird of Pray)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
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