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"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side "I Need Your Love Tonight"
Released March 10, 1959
Format 7" single
Recorded October 6, 1958
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:39
Label RCA Records
Writer(s) Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Anita Steiman
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"One Night"
(1958)
"A Fool Such as I"
(1959)
"A Big Hunk O' Love"
(1959)

"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" is a popular song. It was written by Bill Trader and was published in 1952, performed by Hank Snow who peaked at number four on the country charts [1] early in 1953.

Since the original Snow version, "Fool Such as I" — as the song is sometimes known — has been covered and released as singles several times, by artists as diverse as Jo Stafford, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Baillie & the Boys.

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Jo Stafford

The recording by Jo Stafford was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 39930. It reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on February 28, 1953 at number twenty, its only week on the chart. Tommy Edwards also recorded a version of national interest, listed on the Cashbox survey.[2]

Elvis Presley

A recording by Elvis Presley was an even bigger hit, reaching number one in the UK and number two in the USA (1959). The Elvis Presley version went to number sixteen on the R&B charts and featured backing vocals by The Jordanaires[3].

Bob Dylan

In 1967, Bob Dylan recorded the song during the Basement Tape sessions. Although never officially released, the recording has been widely bootlegged. Dylan would go on to record the song again in April 1969; that version was released in 1973 by Columbia Records on the Dylan album (wrongly credited to James Buford Abner, the composer of a gospel song by the same name).

Baillie & the Boys

In 1990, "Fool Such as I" became familiar once again to country audiences, by way of Baillie & the Boys' version. This version would peak at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and become the last top 10 country hit for Baillie & the Boys.[4]

Other recordings

Preceded by
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly
UK number one single
(Elvis Presley version)
"A Fool Such As I"/"I Need Your Love Tonight"

May 15, 1959 (for 5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Roulette" by Russ Conway

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 323. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Top Country Singles: 1944-2008. Record Research. 
  5. ^ "The Originals" website

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