(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I

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"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
Single by Hank Snow
Released 1952
Format 1952
Songwriter(s) Bill Trader
Hank Snow singles chronology
"The Gal Who Invented Kissin'"
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
"Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship"
"The Gal Who Invented Kissin'"
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
"Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship"
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
Single by Elvis Presley
A-side "I Need Your Love Tonight"
Released March 10, 1959 (1959-03-10)
Recorded June 10, 1958
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 2:39
Label RCA Victor
Songwriter(s) Bill Trader
Music video
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" (audio) on YouTube
"Fool Such as I"
Single by Baillie & the Boys
from the album The Lights of Home
B-side "So Strong"
Released August 11, 1990
Genre Country
Length 2:50
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Bill Trader
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Baillie & the Boys singles chronology
"Fool Such as I"
"Treat Me Like a Stranger"
"Fool Such as I"
"Treat Me Like a Stranger"

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

Since the original Snow version, "Fool Such as I"—as the song is sometimes known—has been recorded and released as singles several times, by artists as diverse as Jo Stafford, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Baillie & the Boys.[2]

Other versions[edit]

Tommy Edwards[edit]

The Tommy Edwards version reached number 13 on the Cash Box survey. Listed a co-best-seller with the Jo Stafford version, it lasted 11 weeks in their chart.

Jo Stafford[edit]

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.[3]

Elvis Presley[edit]

A recording by Elvis Presley, initially released as B-side to "I Need Your Love Tonight", was an even bigger hit, reaching number one in the UK and number two in the United States (1959). It became a platinum record.

The song was recorded on June 10, 1958 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville, while Presley was on leave from the Army,[4] the recording featured guitar by Hank Garland, Chet Atkins and Presley, bass by Bob Moore, drums by D. J. Fontana and Buddy Harman and piano by Floyd Cramer and backing vocal by the Jordanaires, with the bass voice provided by Ray Walker.[5] It reached number sixteen on the R&B charts.[6]

Petula Clark[edit]

Petula Clark's French language version titled "Prends mon Cœur", was more successful in France (#9, 1960[7]) than Elvis Presley's version.

Bob Dylan[edit]

In 1967, Bob Dylan recorded the song during the Basement Tape sessions, for many years never officially released, the recording had been widely bootlegged, and was finally released November 4, 2014, on The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. Dylan would go on to record the song again in April 1969; that version was released in 1973 by Columbia on the Dylan album. On the 1973 Dylan album and several associated Columbia 1973 singles the song is wrongly credited to "B. Abner" and "LeFevre Sing Pub Co (BMI)", this is a different song with the same title, written by Buford Abner of the Swanee River Boys! This mistake has never been corrected, and on www.bobdylan.com the song is still credited to "B. Abner".[8]

Baillie & the Boys[edit]

In 1990, Baillie & the Boys released the song from the band's album The Lights of Home. This version, released under the title "Fool Such as I", would peak at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was the trio's last Top 10 hit on the country charts.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Artist Chart positions
1952 Hank Snow 3
1953 Tommy Edwards 24
1953 Jo Stafford 16
1959 Petula Clark 9
1973 Mickey Gilley 55
1979 Rodney Crowell 90

Elvis Presley[edit]

Chart (1959) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 16
US Cashbox Hot Singles 2
US Cashbox Hot Country Singles 6
UK Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Australian Kent Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart 13
Dutch Singles Chart 15
Norway VG-lista Singles Chart 5
South African Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 17
Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart 2
European Singles Chart 6
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

Baillie & the Boys[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[10] 7
US Country Songs (Billboard) 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 92


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 323. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 37. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  4. ^ "Elvis SongPedia". elvissongpedia.greggers.net. Archived from the original on 2017-09-24. 
  5. ^ "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - Elvis Presley Official Web Site Elvis The Music". www.elvisthemusic.com. Archived from the original on 2017-09-24. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468. 
  7. ^ "Petula Clark: French charts". Petulaclark.net. Archived from the original on January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ "A Fool Such As Columbia". www.searchingforagem.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Top Country Singles: 1944-2008. Record Research. 
  10. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9162." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 17, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  11. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

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