We have a new guest conductor this week: it’s Binky and Granny from AngelsWhisper2011! They would like us to come up wih songs involving fools. We aim to please here at The Sound of One Hand Typing, so here’s a dozen of ’em.
- Jack Jones, “A Day In The Life Of A Fool” Also known as “Manha de carnaval,” this song was written by Luiz Bonfa for the movie Black Orpheus. Carl Sigman wrote these lyrics.
- Vikki Carr, “It Must Be Him” Doesn’t say “fool” in the title, but it does in the lyrics. I’ve always thought the lyrics were a little overdramatic, but Vikki had a huge hit with this, reaching #3 on the Hot 100, #5 on the Cash Box Hot Singles chart, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #2 in the UK, and #1 in Australia.
- Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, “The Fool On The Hill” Originally a song from The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, it’s been covered many times by many artists, but none quite so lovely as by Lani Hall and Karen Philipp of Brasil ’66. It reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in late 1968.
- Ricky Nelson, “Fools Rush In” Classic Ricky Nelson, with an equally classic guitar solo by James Burton. Reacxhed #12 in the US and UK and #26 in Australia in 1963.
- Little Walter, “Just Your Fool” Little Walter released this as a single in 1962, but it failed to chart.
- Connie Francis, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” A song written by Jack Keller and Howard Greenfield that was a #1 hit for the lovely Miss Concetta in 1960. She sings in about five languages and looks gorgeous in all of them.
- Muddy Waters, “Still A Fool” From early in his recording career, Muddy reached #9 on the R&B chart with this in 1951. Robert Johnson’s influence is readily apparent here.
- Buddy Guy, “This Old Fool” From the 1972 album Buddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues, this was an extra track that was recorded after Junior Wells had gone home. Buddy’s backup band here is The J. Geils Band, who do a fine job backing him.
- Elvin Bishop Group, “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” Several years removed from his days with the Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin and his group were doing more country. That’s Elvin playing the red Gibson ES-345. He had Mickey Thomas sing the song, because he didn’t think he could do it himself. From their 1975 album Struttin’ My Stuff, this was released the following year and peaked at #3, earning a Gold record.
- Bill Deal & The Rhondels, “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am” The third of three singles they released in 1969, this did the best, reaching #23 nationally.
- Anthony Newley, “What Kind Of Fool Am I” A song written by Leslie Bricusse and Newley, who later wrote the theme from Goldfinger. It only reached #85 in the US and #36 in the UK. Sammy Davis Jr. had the most chart success with it, reaching #17 in late 1961.
- Steely Dan, “Only A Fool Would Say That” from their first album, Can’t Buy A Thrill.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moevs Me for April 13, 2020.