Just Your Fool

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"Just Your Fool"
I'm Just Your Fool single cover.jpg
Single by Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra
Released1954 (1954)
Format10" 78 rpm record
RecordedNew York City 1953
GenreRhythm and blues
LabelMercury (cat. no. 70251)
Songwriter(s)Buddy Johnson[1]

"Just Your Fool" (or "I'm Just Your Fool" as it was first titled) is a rhythm and blues-style song written and recorded by American jazz and jump blues bandleader/pianist Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra in 1953.[1] Called an "R&B anthem", the song features a big-band arrangement and his sister Ella Johnson on vocals—her "delicate and deceptively sweet phrasing was ideally suited to ballads such as this".[1] "I'm Just Your Fool" became a Billboard R&B chart record hit, reaching number six in 1954.[2]

Little Walter version[edit]

Little Walter recorded a Chicago blues adaptation of the song using the title "Just Your Fool". It was recorded in December 1960 in Chicago, with Walter (vocal and blues harp) and backing by Otis Spann (piano), Fred Robinson and Luther Tucker (guitars), Willie Dixon and/or Jimmie Lee Robinson (bass), and Fred Below or George Hunter (drums).[3][4] "Just Your Fool" was not released until 1962 by Checker Records (catalogue number 1013). Although he used lyrics and an eight-bar blues arrangement similar to Buddy Johnson,[5] the song is credited to Little Walter, also known as Walter Jacobs.[3]

Cyndi Lauper version[edit]

"Just Your Fool"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
ReleasedMay 18, 2010
FormatDigital Downloads
RecordedMarch 2010 in Electraphonic Studios, Memphis
GenreRhythm and blues
LabelDowntown Records
Songwriter(s)Buddy Johnson[1]
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"A Christmas Duel"
"Just Your Fool"
"Hard Candy Christmas"

In 2010, American singer Cyndi Lauper recorded "Just Your Fool" for her album Memphis Blues. It features her vocals with harmonica by Charlie Musselwhite. The song was released as a single and became a record chart hit. She performed it live with Musselwhite on the third-season finale of the Celebrity Apprentice reality game show.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Digital Blues Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

The Rolling Stones version[edit]

"Just Your Fool"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Blue & Lonesome
Released6 October 2016
Recorded3-16 December 2015, April 2016
GenreBlues, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Buddy Johnson[1]
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"One More Shot"
"Just Your Fool"
"Hate to See You Go"

The Rolling Stones covered the song in 2016 for their album Blue & Lonesome, for which it was released as the lead single on October 6, 2016.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 31
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 43
France (SNEP)[9] 39
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[10] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 80
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 81
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 27
US Digital Blues Songs (Billboard)[14] 1
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[15] 49


  1. ^ a b c d e Romano, Mark. "I'm Just Your Fool — Song Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1988). Top R&B Singles 1942–1988. Record Research, Inc. p. 223. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.
  3. ^ a b Snowden, Don (1993). The Essential Little Walter (Media notes). Little Walter. MCA/Chess. p. 15. CHD2–9342.
  4. ^ Glover, Tony; Dirks, Scott; Gaines, Ward (2002). Blues with a Feeling: The Little Walter Story. Routledge. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-415-93711-5.
  5. ^ Dahl, Bill. "Buddy Johnson — Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (2010-05-27). "Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Gleans 2nd No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Just Your Fool" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Just Your Fool" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 49, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Rolling Stones – Just Your Fool". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "Billboard Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. October 18, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  15. ^ "Billboard Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.