Fools Fall in Love

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"Fools Fall in Love"
Fools Fall in Love - The Drifters.jpg
Single by The Drifters
B-side"It Was a Tear"
ReleasedMarch 1957
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Songwriter(s)Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

"Fools Fall in Love" is a song by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.[1] It was originally recorded by the Drifters, who took it to number ten on the R&B chart in 1957. The song reached number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jacky Ward version[edit]

In 1977, "Fools Fall in Love" was recorded by Jacky Ward. His version reached number 9 on the US Country music chart and number 16 on the Canadian country chart.

Other versions[edit]

  • Elvis Presley recorded a more up-tempo version on May 28, 1966.[2] His rendition, charting in tandem with Indescribably Blue, reached #11 in Australia.[3] Elvis's cover also reached #102 in the U.S. as a separate B-side.
  • Two renditions, one upbeat and one torch ballad, were included in the musical revue, Smokey Joe's Cafe, a juke box musical of songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
  • John Pizzarelli recorded an uptempo jazz version in 1994.[4]


  1. ^ Emerson, Ken (2006), Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, Penguin, p. 26, ISBN 1101156929.
  2. ^ Neale, David (2003), Roots of Elvis, iUniverse, p. 36, ISBN 1101156929.
  3. ^ Go-Set, 29 March 1967
  4. ^ Video on YouTube