Why Do Fools Fall in Love (album)

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Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released September 14, 1981
Recorded 1980-1981
Genre R&B, soul, adult contemporary
Length 35:46
Label RCA
Producer Diana Ross
Diana Ross chronology
All The Great Hits
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Silk Electric
Singles from Why Do Fools Fall in Love
  1. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love / Think I'm in Love"
    Released: September 25, 1981
  2. "Mirror, Mirror / Sweet Nothings"
    Released: December 11, 1981
  3. "Work That Body / Two Can Make It"
    Released: March 19, 1982
  4. "It's Never Too late / Sweet Surrender"
    Released: July 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a 1981 album by American singer Diana Ross on the RCA label. It reached #15 in the USA (#4 R&B), #17 in the UK and the top ten in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.

It was the first album Ross recorded after leaving the Motown label, when she signed a $20 million deal with RCA. Originally, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were slated to produce the follow-up to the platinum Diana album. However, their schedules were filled with commitments to also produce Debbie Harry's solo debut, Johnny Mathis and another Chic album. Ross had given her word to RCA president, Robert Summers to deliver an album for the 1981 holiday selling season.

The album was the first to be produced by the singer herself, and it became her second RIAA-certified platinum album (That was also misleading, since Motown was inconsistent to joining the RIAA for most of their 60s and 70s releases. She would have considerably more certifications). It was also certified Gold in the UK and Canada.

The album includes the Top 10 hits "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Mirror Mirror". It also includes "Work That Body", co-written by Ross with Paul Jabara and Ray Chew. Though it just missed the Top 40 in the United States, "Work That Body" was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. and Top 15 in The Netherlands. A solo version of "Endless Love" is also included on the album, a rerecording of her number one duet with Lionel Richie from earlier that year. "It's Never Too Late" was also released as a single in some international territories.

Ross also embarked on a world tour in support of the album.

The album was remastered and re-released on September 2, 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, with bonus material.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"   Frankie Lymon, Morris Levy 2:53
2. "Sweet Surrender"   Leonard Stack, Cheryl Christiansen 4:09
3. "Mirror Mirror"   Michael Sembello, Michael Matkowsky 6:08
4. "Endless Love"   Lionel Richie 4:56
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's Never Too Late"   Dan Hartman 3:19
2. "Think I'm In Love"   L. Cheryl Taylor 4:15
3. "Sweet Nothings"   Ronnie Self, Dub Albritton 3:00
4. "Two Can Make It"   Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow 3:24
5. "Work That Body"   Diana Ross, Paul Jabara, Ray Chew 5:01


  • Diana Ross - lead and backing vocals
  • Michael Brecker - saxophone
  • Rob Mounsey - strings & horn arrangement
  • Leata Galloway - backing vocals
  • Randy Brecker - horn
  • Don Brooks - harmonica
  • Francisco Centeno - bass
  • Ray Chew - keyboards
  • Margaret Dorn - backing vocals
  • Ron Frangipane - keyboards
  • Eric Gale - guitar
  • Yogi Horton - drums
  • Neil Jason - bass
  • George MacDonald - percussion
  • Jeff Mironov - guitar
  • Leon Pendarvis - keyboards
  • Pat Rebillot - piano
  • Paul Riser - horn & string arrangement
  • Ed Walsh - synthesizer
  • Millie Whiteside - backing vocals


Country Certification
U.S.A[4] Platinum
Finland[5] Gold


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Why Do Fools Fall In Love (Expanded Edition)". FunkyTownGrooves.com. FunkyTownGrooves.com. Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gold & Platinum - RIAA.com
  5. ^ Kulta- ja platinalevyt - IFPI.fi