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Fooled Around And Fell In Love by Elvin Bishop

Album: Struttin' My StuffReleased: 1975Charted:
  • Bishop is a Blues guitarist who played in The Paul Butterfield Blues Band before forming his own band in 1968. Mickey Thomas, who joined Jefferson Starship in 1979 and sang on their hits "Sara" and was a vocalist in Bishop's band, and he sang lead on this. In our interview with Elvin Bishop, he told us: "My voice is very plain. It's better suited for Blues. It's been good for me, because it's made my songwriting strong, because to really get over with a voice like mine, which is not a thrill in itself - the quality of the voice - you have to have a strong story and really good words to capture people's imagination. And that tune, I gave it a try. The producer, Bill Szymczyk, said, 'We need one more piece of material here. You got anything else laying around?' I said, 'Well, there's this tune I wrote the other day.' Well, not the other day. I'd actually tried to get a couple of other people to sing it, but somehow it didn't work out. I said, 'How about this 'Fooled Around and Fell In Love'?' We cut a track, it was a really nice track. I tried singing it, and I said, 'That's not buttering my biscuit, my vocal on this. Why don't we give Mickey a shot at this?' And the producer said, 'Well, that's big of you.' And I said, 'Well, I don't think so. It's just common sense, you know?' And Mickey just tore it up."
  • Mickey Thomas replaced Marty Balin as the male lead singer of Jefferson Starship in 1979 and was with the band in 1985 when they changed their name to Starship and had huge hits with "Sara," "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."
  • Bishop: "The better a song is, the less story there is to it, as far as I can tell. The best songs just come rushing out. I don't know if life squeezes them out of you, or if they're just so right that they take no thought. I don't know. Or if you're given a temporary connection to the flow of the universe, or whatever it is. But that song just damn near wrote itself."
  • Although Bishop is known as a Blues musician, this song was a huge Pop hit and still gets considerable airplay on Adult Contemporary radio. The song does not represent the body of Bishop's work, but he does love playing it live. Says Bishop: "I figured out a way to have my cake and eat it too on that one. I play it as a slide instrumental, pretty much, with the guys singing background vocals, and they get the crowd to sing, and it works just amazingly well. Slide is kind of like the voice I never had. I can sing as high or as low as I want to, put as much sustain, as much treble... I learned to play the melody 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love' on the slide. It doesn't sound like it would work, but it does."
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On February 28th 1976, "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" by Elvin Bishop entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; and on May 16th it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 17 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
In 9185 T.G. Sheppard covered it; his version reached #21 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart...
Mr. Bishop will celebrate his 72nd birthday this coming October 21st (2014).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Ok, can someone please explain to me why I never hear the second verse of this song....ever? When it was popular the second verse always played. Even years after it dropped from the charts the second verse always played. All of a sudden, like maybe 15 or so years ago, I heard it on the radio and I was singing along and it got to the part that WOULD BE the second verse and I started belting it out and realized the verse wasn't playing. Ever since then, no matter what oldies or classic rock station I hear it on skips that part. Why? I even looked it up on youtube. I know I can buy a cd if I really have to hear that part but at this point, I guess it ultimately doesn't matter but it's just such a mystery to me I just really want to know. I've called a few radio stations over the years and the only explanation they ever give me is that with any song there is a "longer" album version and then the one that is heard on the radio. Then I proceed to explain to them that the "longer" version is the one that was played on the radio back in the day. I usually ask the dj how old he/she is and if he/she is old enough, ask them do they not remember this song from back then. Anway, can anyone explain to me why that verse is always skipped? I know it's not the length of it, not when they play other even much longer songs like "Do You Feel Like We Do" or "Stairway to Heaven" or the live version of "Free Bird" or CCR's version of "Heard it Through the Grapevine", etc.Jeanie - Alto, Ga
Always loved this song but never knew who sang it, Thanks for educating me on Mickey Thomas. I was always a big fan of J Airplane as well as Starship. Now thanks to Internet Jukeboxes I can walk into my favorite bar in Ottawa..........the Chateau Lafayette and play it.Also bouht the CD from amazon. Can anyone tell me where I can find a 45 of this song Thanks PierrePierre - Ottawa, On
First, fabulous song, words and music. But I never knew a thing about at guy named Mickey Thomas, his involvement with Starship or that he sang lead on this. The song still has a great appeal and sound years after it was a hit.Camille - Toronto, Oh
"elvin bishop sitting on a bale of hay...he ain't good looking but he sure can play" from charlie daniels hit "the south's gonna do it again". and he's right,elvin sure can play! great tune from "75.Lee - Huntsville, Al
It's also featured in "Invincible," another movie with Mark Wahlberg. It really added to the 70s vibe of the movie.Mark - New Orleans, La
Country artists Gary Morris and Juice Newton performed a nice duet version of this song, too.Brad - Barry, Tx
I met Elvin Bishop and Mickey Thomas in Ukiah, CA back in 1976. Good people both of them. I had a feeling Mickey wouldn't be hanging around for long with that band, not with that incredible voice.Jami - Redding, Ca
Also gets a lot of airplay on classic rock stations. (At least, in Illinois)Joe - Chicago, Il
This song has been featured in several movies, including Boogie Nights. The song is very soulful, with an incredible melody.Joey - Boston, Ma
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