Fooled Around and Fell in Love

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is a song written and performed by blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. It appeared on his 1975 album, Struttin' My Stuff, and was released as a single the following year.

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
Fooled Around and Fell in Love Elvin Bishop.jpg
Single by Elvin Bishop
from the album Struttin' My Stuff
B-side"Have A Good Time"
ReleasedMarch 1976
Length4:35 (album version)
2:59 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Elvin Bishop
Producer(s)Bill Szymczyk
Elvin Bishop singles chronology
"Sure Feels Good"
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
"Struttin' My Stuff"


Bishop does not sing lead vocals on the track; feeling that his gravelly voice wouldn't do the song justice, he invited vocalist Mickey Thomas, who was a background singer in his band at the time, to sing it. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in May 1976.[3] The record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 23, 1976.[4] In Canada, the song reached number 22 on the singles chart[5] and number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[6] The single reached number 3 in the New Zealand Singles Chart.[7]

Based on his work with Bishop, Thomas was invited to become the lead singer for Jefferson Starship (who would later evolve into simply Starship).[2]

In popular cultureEdit

The song is featured in the films Queens Logic (1991), Illtown (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Summer of Sam (1999), Big Daddy (1999), According to Spencer (2001), The Devil's Rejects (2005), The Family Stone (2005), Invincible (2006), The Education of Charlie Banks (2007), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), Stand Up Guys (2012), Lovelace (2013), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie (2017).


In their 1990 essay "Rock and Sexuality", Simon Frith and Angela McRobbie offer the song as one which "lyrically captures" their idea of an essential distinction in rock music between "cock rock" and "teeny bop".[8]


Chart performanceEdit

Cover versionsEdit

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
Single by T. G. Sheppard
from the album Livin' on the Edge
B-side"Banging My Heart"
ReleasedMay 11, 1985
Songwriter(s)Elvin Bishop
Producer(s)Rick Hall
T. G. Sheppard singles chronology
"You're Going Out of My Mind"
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"

In 1978, the Julian Laxton Band from South Africa covered the song, reaching #13 there.[20]

In 1985, T. G. Sheppard had a #21 country hit with a cover of the song. A music video was also produced for this version and has aired on CMT, TNN and GAC.[21]

In 1991, Henry Lee Summer covered this song which appeared on his album Way Past Midnight, and the Queens Logic soundtrack (with the lead guitar solo played by Joe Walsh).

In 2003, Phish covered this song during a live show at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, PA.[22]

In 2004, country music artist Mark Wills covered this song for the Southern rock tribute album Southern Rock Country Style.

In 2006, Rod Stewart covered this song for the album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time.

In 2010, Japanese band Superfly covered this song for the compilation album Wildflower & Cover Songs: Complete Best 'Track 3'.

In 2013, The Winery Dogs covered this song for their live album, Unleashed In Japan 2013.

In 2013, a re-imagined version of the song (sung from the female perspective) was recorded and released by Kirsten Thien on her album Solo Live from the Meisenfrei Blues Club.

In 2014, Morgan James covered the song in a YouTube video.

In 2019, Miranda Lambert released a cover of the song featuring her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour support acts Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Elle King and Caylee Hammack. It won the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year and was nominated for the Country Music Association Award for Musical Event of the Year.


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  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.
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  8. ^ Fricth, Simon; McRobbie, Angela (1990). Frith, Simon; Goodwin, Andrew (eds.). On Record: Rock, Pop and the Written Word. London: Routledge. p. 320. ISBN 0-415-05306-4. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
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  20. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  21. ^ TG Sheppard - Fooled Around And Fell In Love on YouTube
  22. ^ "Jul 29, 2003 Setlist -". Retrieved 25 February 2019.

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