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

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Released  1952
Writer(s)  Bill Trader
Format  1952
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"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" is a popular song written by Bill Trader and was published in 1952. Performed by Hank Snow it peaked at number four on the country charts 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.

Tommy Edwards

The 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

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.

Elvis Presley

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 Elvis Presley version went to number sixteen on the R&B charts and featured backing vocals by The Jordanaires.

Petula Clark

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

Bob Dylan

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.

Baillie & the Boys

In 1990, Baillie & the Boys released the song from its 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.


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