Browse by Title
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U
V W X Y Z #  




Everybody's Somebody's Fool

by

Connie Francis



Songfacts®:  You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.

"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was written with music by Jack Keller and lyrics by Howard Greenfield. Despite thirteen previous charting Top-40 hit singles, this was her very first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
The same year that this song came out, Francis had also released an album One For The Boys, to coincide with the release of her film where she also had a starring role, Where the Boys Are. So this song got shoved back a bit on album release in the thick of Francis' busy career, ending up on a greatest hits compilation.
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!
The follow-up song to this one was "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own," also written by Keller and Greenfield.
This was the 30th #1 single on the Hot 100 and the first by a solo female. The only previous chart-topper sung by a member of the fairer sex after the launch of the listing on August 4, 1958 had been "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears with lead vocals by the act's Annette Kleinbard.
Connie Francis
More Connie Francis songs

You have to to post comments.
What Made Big Star ShineWhat Made Big Star Shine
The last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show.
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tony Joe WhiteTony Joe White
The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.
Jim McCarty of The YardbirdsJim McCarty of The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists.