Mort Dixon/
Harry Woods



First charted:

1/24/1948 *

* Mooney’s version. First charted version was on 4/30/1927.


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HP: 1 2
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Sales (in millions):

2.0 *

* 1 million in sales are from sheet music

Airplay (in millions):



I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover

Art Mooney


Harry Woods was a Tin Pan Alley lyricist who not only lent his pen to this song, but the million-selling songs “When the Red Red Robin Comes Bobbing Along” (1926) and “Side by Side” (1927). AMG-1 Meanwhile, Mort Dixon did some songwriting for Broadway and Hollywood and also wrote hits such as “That Old Gang of Mine” (1923), and “Bye Bye Blackbird” (1926). AMG-2

However, when the two collaborated, the result was probably the biggest hit of either of their careers. “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” first charted on April 30, 1927. Two versions hit simultaneously. Nick Lucas took the song to #2 while Ben Bernie went to #3. Two weeks later, Jean Goldkette hit the charts with Billy Murray. Theirs hit #10. PM

Even more fortune smiled on “Four-Leaf Clover” more than 20 years later when six different acts charted with the song, including the Uptown String Band, Russ Morgan, Alvino Rey, The Three Suns, and Arthur Godfrey. PM However, the first and biggest of the batch was Art Mooney’s #1 version which featured Mike Pingatore. Originally the banjo playerwith bandleader Paul Whiteman JA on hits such as 1923’s “Linger Awhile,” TY Pingatore forged a heavy-strumming style which became a blueprint for Dixieland banjoists. JA

The song also took on a life beyond the charts. It has become Warner Brothers cartoon favorite, used for Bugs Bunny (Operation Rabbit), Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil (Ducking the Devil), and Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner (Fast and Furry-ous). WK It was parodied as “I’m Looking Over My Dead Dog Rover”, first by Kevin Gershon in 1973 and again by Hank Stu Dave and Hank in 1977. The latter received play on Dr. Demento’s radio show. WK “Clover” has also become a campfire sing-a-long and Scouter favorite. JA

Review Source(s):

  • AMG-1 All Music Guide (Harry Woods bio)
  • AMG-2 All Music Guide (Mort Dixon bio)
  • JA David A. Jasen. (2002). A Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999). Routledge: Taylor & Francis, Inc. Page 99.
  • TY Don Tyler (1985). Hit Parade 1920-1955. New York, NY: Quill. Page 39.
  • PM Joel Whitburn (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Menomonee Falls, WI; Record Research, Inc. Page 523.
  • WK Wikipedia.org

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Last updated February 21, 2012.