"Poor Little Fool" was written by 17-year-old Sharon Sheeley when she was still attending high school in Newport Beach, California. Female songwriters were rare at the time, and when the song climbed to #1 in the US, she became the first woman to compose an American chart-topper on her own.
Sheeley later co-wrote "Somethin' Else
" with Eddie Cochran. When Cochran was killed in a car accident, Sheeley, who was by then his girlfriend, was also involved in the accident but survived, despite getting badly injured. She also collaborated with Jackie DeShannon
on hits for artists like Brenda Lee ("Dum Dum" and "Heart In Hand") and Irma Thomas ("Breakaway," which years later became a big hit for Tracey Ullman). Sheeley and DeShannon were the first female writing team to have significant success in the pop realm. She died in 2002 at the age of 62 of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage.