Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)

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"Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"
Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Written 1940
Recorded by Tony Martin, Glenn Miller and Ray Eberle, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Brook Benton, Etta James, Ricky Nelson, Doris Day and André Previn, Elvis Presley, Bow Wow Wow, She & Him, The Four Freshmen, Shirley Bassey, The Hi-Lo's, The Morning Benders, Susannah McCorkle, Cliff Richard, Keely Smith, Jo Stafford, Peggy Sue, Spiritualized

"Fools Rush In" (1940) is a popular song. The lyrics were written by Johnny Mercer with music by Rube Bloom.[1]

The major hits at the time of introduction were Tony Martin, Glenn Miller with Ray Eberle[2] and Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra. It was also recorded by Billy Eckstine. The song proved popular with 1960s pop and rhythm and blues artists, resulting in charted remakes in 1960-61 (Brook Benton), 1962 (Etta James), and Ricky Nelson (1963).[3] The Ricky Nelson version was an enormous hit, reaching #12 in the Billboard pop charts and would become the most famous version of this song. It was also recorded by Doris Day and André Previn in their 1962 album Duet. Elvis Presley recorded the song following Ricky Nelson's style in 1971 and was released on the 1972 album Elvis Now. Bow Wow Wow covered the track on their 1980 album Your Cassette Pet. She & Him covered Ricky Nelson's version for Levi's Pioneer Sessions in 2010.[4]

Other notable recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Furia, Philip (1990). The Poets of Tin Pan Alley. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 0-19-507473-4. 
  2. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 2, side A.
  3. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles". Cash Box Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "She and Him – “Fools Rush In”". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Al Hirt, Trumpet and Strings Retrieved April 8, 2013.