Fooled Around and Fell in Love

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"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
Single by Elvin Bishop
from the album Struttin' My Stuff
B-side "Have A Good Time"
Released 1976
Format 7" 45 RPM Single
Recorded 1975
Genre Pop rock, blues rock, electric blues, soft rock
Length 4:35 (album version)
2:59 (single version)
Label Capricorn
Writer(s) Elvin Bishop
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Certification Gold
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
Single by T. G. Sheppard
from the album Livin' on the Edge
B-side "Banging My Heart"
Released May 11, 1985
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Rick Hall
T. G. Sheppard singles chronology
"You're Going Out of My Mind"
"Fooled Around and Fell in Love"

"Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is a single written and performed by blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. It appeared on his 1975 album Struttin' My Stuff and was released as a single the following year. Bishop does not sing lead vocals on the track; feeling that his gravelly voice wouldn't do the song justice, he invited vocalist Mickey Thomas, who was a background singer in his band at the time, to sing it. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in May 1976.[1] The record was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 23, 1976.[2] In Canada, the song reached number 22 on the singles chart[3] and number 8 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[4] The song became a Gold record.

Based on his work with Bishop, Thomas was invited to become the lead singer for Jefferson Starship.[5] T. G. Sheppard had a #21 country hit with a cover of the song in 1985. The song is featured in the films Queens Logic (1991), Illtown (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Summer of Sam (1999), Big Daddy (1999), According to Spencer (2001), The Devil's Rejects (2005), The Family Stone (2005), Invincible (2006), The Education of Charlie Banks (2007), Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008), Stand Up Guys (2012), Lovelace (2013) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).


In their 1990 essay "Rock and Sexuality", Simon Frith and Angela McRobbie offer the song as one which "lyrically captures" their idea of an essential distinction in rock music between "cock rock" and "teeny bop".[6]



In 1991 Rock music artist Henry Lee Summer covered this song which appeared on his album "Way Past Midnight" and the Queens Logic soundtrack (with the lead guitar solo played by Joe Walsh).

In 2004 country music artist Mark Wills covered this song for the southern rock tribute album Southern Rock Country Style.

In 2006 Rod Stewart covered this song for the album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time.

In 2010 Japanese band Superfly covered this song for the compilation album Wildflower & Cover Songs: Complete Best 'Track 3'.

In 2013 The Winery Dogs covered this song for their live album Unleashed In Japan 2013.

In 2013 a re-imagined version of the song (sung from the female perspective) was recorded and released by Kirsten Thien on her album Solo Live from the Meisenfrei Blues Club.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. Billboard Books. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6. 
  2. ^ "RIAA records search". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Fooled Around and Fell in Love". Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Fricth, Simon; McRobbie, Angela (1990). Frith, Simon; Goodwin, Andrew, eds. On Record: Rock, Pop and the Written Word. London: Routledge. p. 320. ISBN 0-415-05306-4. Retrieved 19 March 2015.