In the US, this song was actually the B-side to "Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)," however, in Germany, this song formed the A-side under the title "Die Liebe ist ein Seltsames Spiel." The intriguing story of why this was so told below:
Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear
, tells the story of this song's genesis. In the first place, Keller and Greenfield didn't even have Francis in mind for "Everybody's Somebody's Fool," but instead the Blues singer Laverne Baker. However, having previously worked with Connie Francis on "Stupid Cupid
," she came to them looking for a Country & Western tune - based on research by her father who had toured Europe and discovered that US C&W hits were big in Germany.
Keller was stunned when Greenfield told him that Francis wanted it done as a Country tune, but Keller shrugged and adapted it, even adding the organ opening in the arrangement to give it a more authentic feel.
When the trio met with MGM publisher Arnold Maxim about this song, he told them, "If you put out that Country song, I think your career is finished." Francis firmly believed otherwise, citing the creative control clause in her contract. The song was released in May of 1960 and shot to #1 by July. When Francis got a framed copy of the commemorative single, she mailed it to Maxim in a box - along with a set of salt-and-pepper shakers. Always the sassy one, that Connie!