Everybody's Somebody's Fool
|"Everybody's Somebody's Fool"|
|Single by Connie Francis|
|B-side||"Jealous of You (Tango della Gelosia)"|
|Format||45 RPM single|
|Recorded||7 April 1960|
|Connie Francis singles chronology|
Although "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was written as a bluesy ballad, Francis envisioned the song as a polka-style number feeling that as such it would fare well in the West German market. Producer Arnold Maxin followed Francis's advisement in the 7 April 1960 session at Olmstead Studios (NYC) when Francis cut the song with the Joe Sherman Orchestra.
In the US, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was intended to serve as the B-side for the track "Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)", which like Francis's precedent A-side hit "Mama" was a ballad of Italian origin. However, most American radio stations preferred to play "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" and, while "Jealous of You" did reach #19, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 27 June 1960 and remained there the following week. The first of Francis's three US #1's, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was also ranked on the R&B chart at #2 and was the only one of Francis's major hits to cross over to the C&W charts where it peaked at #24.
A #5 hit in the UK, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was #1 in Australia for three weeks in July 1960 and in South Africa ranked as the #15 hit for that year.
Francis's instincts re the West German hit potential of "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" proved correct: rendered as "Die Liebe ist ein seltsames Spiel" became the best-selling single of 1960 in West Germany, where the original English version of the song also reached #25. "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was also #1 in Norway for eight weeks. Translated versions of the song include those made by Celly Campello (pt) (in Portuguese as "Alguém é bobo de alguém"), Marketta Joutsi and also Sinikka Lehtevä (in Finnish as "Pajunköyttä") and Siw Malmkvist (in Swedish as "Tunna skivor"). Subsequent to "Everybody's Somebody's Fool", Francis herself began to cut versions of all her single releases in several different languages.
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool" was remade in 1979 by Debby Boone, who had previously had Top 20 C&W hits with her Connie Francis hit remakes "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" and "Breakin' in a Brand New Broken Heart"; however, Boone's version of "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" only reached #48 C&W. The song has also been an album cut for Lynn Anderson, Pat Boone, Ann Breen, Sierra Hull, Margo, Jody Miller, Marie Osmond, Sandy Posey, Billy Vaughn, Kitty Wells and Bobby Vee.
The song originally recorded by Connie Francis entitled "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" is often confused with an earlier song of the same title written by Ace Adams and Lionel Hampton, which has been recorded by LaVern Baker, Red Garland, Michael Jackson, Etta James, the Heartbeats (#78/ 1957), Clyde McPhatter, Arthur Prysock, Little Jimmy Scott, Kay Starr, Dakota Staton, and Dinah Washington.
The arrangement performed by Connie Francis is noted for its organ introduction.
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1960 (U.S.)
- List of number-one hits of 1960 (Germany)
- List of number-one hits in Norway