What Kind of Fool
|"What Kind of Fool"|
|Single by Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb|
|from the album Guilty|
|B-side||"The Love Inside" (US)
"Make It Like A Memory" (UK)
Middle Ear, Miami Beach, Florida
|Label||Columbia Records (US)
CBS Records (UK)
|Writer(s)||Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten|
|Producer(s)||Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson|
|Barbra Streisand singles chronology|
Released as the third single from Streisand's 1980 album Guilty, "What Kind of Fool" was the third consecutive top ten single from the album in the United States. "Woman in Love" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the album's title track (also a duet between the two singers) reached number three, both in late 1980. "What Kind of Fool" spent three weeks at number ten on the Hot 100 in March and April 1981. It also spent four weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart.
The songs on the Guilty album were a collaboration between Streisand and all the members of the Bee Gees, including Barry's brothers, Robin and Maurice Gibb. But Barry Gibb played the largest role of the brothers on the album, co-writing and co-producing most of the tracks and appearing on the album cover embracing Streisand. Co-producer Karl Richardson was quoted describing Barry Gibb's contribution to this song: "He did the demo first. Barbra sang to the demo, then he came back and replaced a couple of things after he had heard what she was doing."
Popular American TV serial Glee covered this song in 2011 by fictional character Blaine Anderson (as played by Darren Criss). This was featured on their soundtrack album Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers. No Glee episode had featured this version, as it is only appeared in the album.
|Barbra Streisand||Lead vocals|
|George Ritzer||Grand piano|
|Harold Cowart||Bass guitar|
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
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March 14, 1981 - April 4, 1981
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