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"Fortuosity" is the first song in the 1967 motion picture The Happiest Millionaire. It was first performed by Tommy Steele playing the part of "John Lawless" (the butler). The song was written by Robert and Richard Sherman.[1] Richard Sherman stated that the word meant "Faith and Good Fortune".[1] "Fortuosity" is another Nonsense word like another of their songs,"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious". Steele also sings the song, "I'll Always Be Irish", in the movie.

Other versions

"Fortuosity" has been covered by other performers.

  • The Mills Brothers 1968 album, Fortuosity, had it as the title track. This album also contained their top adult contemporary hit, "Cab Driver".
  • Carol Burnett recorded a version with RCA Victor.[1][2]
  • Vic Damone recorded a version with RCA Victor.[1]
  • Nancy Sinatra performed the song with the nine foot tall Muppet named "Thog" in her Las Vegas stage show.[3]


The New Century Timepieces store on Disneyland's Main Street was named the Fortuosity Shop in October 2008.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mike Gross (11 November 1967). Anyway They Spell It, Shermans Make Music Universal Language (Billboard Magazine ed.). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 22–.  
  2. ^ Spelled "Carol Burnette" in the Billboard article
  3. ^ Karen Falk (7 November 2012). Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal. Chronicle Books. pp. 80–.  
  4. ^ From, October 3, 2008, Quote:New Century Timepieces will re-open its doors as the new Fortuosity Shop. "The name of the shop was inspired by the opening song from The Happiest Millionaire," says Walt Disney Imagineer and Director of Concept and Show Design, Kim Irvine. "We chose it because it is a Disney word created to express good fortune, which we hope everyone will find some type of fun fortune or treasure each time they visit the shop."
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