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

"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
Single by Hank Snow
Released 1952
Format 1952
Writer(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"
"(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I"
Single by Elvis Presley
Published 1952
Released March 10, 1959 (1959-03-10)
A-side "I Need Your Love Tonight"
Recorded June 10, 1958
Genre Rock and roll, rhythm and blues
Length 02:39
Label RCA
Writer(s) Bill Trader
"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
Writer(s) Bill Trader
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Baillie & the Boys singles chronology
"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. Performed by Hank Snow it 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.[2]

Other versions

Tommy Edwards

The Edwards version reached #13 in 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.[3]

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.[4]

Petula Clark

Petula Clark's French language version titled "Prends mon Cœur", was more successful in France (#9, 1960[5]) 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.[6]

Chart performance

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

Chart (1959) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles 2
U.S. Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles 16
U.S. Cashbox Hot Singles 2
U.S. Cashbox Hot Country Singles 6
U.K. Singles Charts 1
Canadian Singles Charts 1
Australian Kent Singles Charts 1
Belgian Singles Charts 13
Dutch Singles Charts 15
Norway VG-Lista 5
South African Charts 1
Swedish Singles Charts 17
Chart (2005) Peak
U.K. Singles Charts 2
European Singles Charts 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

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

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 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. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 468.
  5. "Petula Clark: French charts". Petulaclark.net. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  6. Whitburn, Joel (2008). Top Country Singles: 1944-2008. Record Research.
  7. "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9162." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 17, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  8. "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.

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