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Fooled Around and Fell in Love

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is a single 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. 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.[1] The record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 23, 1976.[2] In Canada, the song reached number 22 on the singles chart[3] and number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[4] The song became a Gold record.

"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"
Released March 1976
Format 7" 45 RPM Single
Recorded 1975
Genre Pop rock, blues rock, electric blues, soft rock
Length 4:35 (album version)
2:59 (single version)
Label Capricorn
Writer(s) Elvin Bishop
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Elvin Bishop singles chronology
"Sure Feels Good"
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
"Struttin' My Stuff"

Based on his work with Bishop, Thomas was invited to become the lead singer for Jefferson Starship.[5] 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".[6]

Chart performanceEdit


"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
Single by T. G. Sheppard
from the album Livin' on the Edge
B-side "Banging My Heart"
Released May 11, 1985
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(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"

Cover versionsEdit

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.

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 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.


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. 
  2. ^ "RIAA records search". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Fooled Around and Fell in Love". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1976-07-26. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles 1955-2002
  9. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1976 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1963-12-08. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  13. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1976". 1976-12-25. Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05. 

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