Fool for Your Loving

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"Fool for Your Loving"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Ready an' Willing
Released 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock
Length 4:18
Label United Artists
Writer(s) David Coverdale
Micky Moody
Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Long Way from Home"
(1979)
"Fool for Your Loving"
(1980)
"Ready an' Willing"
(1980)

"Fool for Your Loving" is a song recorded by British hard rock band Whitesnake. The song is from the band's 1980 album Ready an' Willing, but it was later re-recorded in 1989 for the album Slip of the Tongue.

Original version[edit]

Co-written by David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, the song was inspired by the breakup of Coverdale's first marriage. In Firecracker magazine, Coverdale said:

"You can look at my first marriage and see "Fool for Your Loving" and "Don't Break My Heart Again." A lot of those were fueled by songs about a relationship that once was very positive but sadly was unfolding into not positive."

It has also been rumored that the song was originally written for blues legend B. B. King.[1]

The song was the first big hit of Whitesnake's, reaching #13 on the British charts[2] and #53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

This remains one of Whitesnake's most popular and well-known songs. David Coverdale has stated that he prefers the original to the 1989-version.

A music video was also made, which features the band performing the song live on stage.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fool for Your Loving" - 4:18
  2. "Mean Business" - 3:48
  3. "Don't Mess with Me" - 3:25

Personnel[edit]

Re-recorded version[edit]

"Fool for Your Loving"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Slip of the Tongue
Released 1989
Format Vinyl LP, CD
Recorded 1988
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 4:10
Label EMI
Geffen
Writer(s) David Coverdale
Micky Moody
Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Mike Clink
Keith Olsen
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Give Me All Your Love"
(1988)
"Fool for Your Loving"
(1989)
"The Deeper the Love"
(1990)

As with the previous album, an old Whitesnake song was re-recorded for the band's 1989-album Slip of the Tongue. This time the band chose their 1980 UK-hit "Fool for Your Loving".

The re-recorded version was the first single released from Slip of the Tongue, but according to David Coverdale, the song "Judgement Day" was originally supposed to be the first single, but the record company insisted on "Fool for Your Loving". In the booklet of Slip of the Tongue 20th Anniversary Edition, David Coverdale comments :

"I was mortified when I allowed myself to be talked into letting Geffen release the re-recorded version of "Fool for Your Loving", instead of "Judgement Day" as the first one out of the box to promote the album... I knew radio would be all over "Judgement Day" just from the market research we did back then... but, Kalodner, Rosenblatt, Marco Babineau, my manager and some of our radio people, all people whose opinions I trusted, came down to the Record Plant when I was finishing off the album and all confronted me with what they felt was the way to go... that it would be a mistake to go with "Judgement Day"... Not only I but the band were really upset about that decision... I've regretted it ever since... I have no doubt it was Kaldoner's idea, thinking we could achieve the same as we'd had with the re-recorded "Here I Go Again"... Anyway...they were wrong and so was I to go along with it... Another hard lesson learned... Stick to your guns if you believe in it...It's the only way..."

But after its release, the re-recorded version charted better in the US than the original, reaching #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Mainstream Rock Charts,[3] but in the UK it failed to match the original's success, only reaching #43.

A music video was also made for the song. The music video featured the band performing on a stage, with smoke and headlights. There are also scenes of singer David Coverdale in a padded room and scenes of an unknown woman (possibly Coverdale's then-wife, Tawny Kitaen) being chased by a car. Guitarist Adrian Vandenberg also appears in the video, even though he does not play on the song, due to a hand injury he sustained prior to the recording.

A version known as the "Vai Voltage Mix" is also available on the 20th Anniversary CD-Release of Slip of the Tongue.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fool for Your Loving" - 4:10
  2. "Slow Poke Music" - 3:59
  3. "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" (Live) - 4:49

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]