Statue of a Fool

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"Statue of a Fool"
Single by Jack Greene
from the album Statue of a Fool
B-side"There's More to Love"
ReleasedMay 10, 1969
Format7" single
GenreCountry
Length2:48
LabelDecca
Songwriter(s)Jan Crutchfield
Producer(s)Owen Bradley
Jack Greene singles chronology
"Until My Dreams Come True"
(1969)
"Statue of a Fool"
(1969)
"Back in the Arms of Love"
(1969)
"Statue of a Fool"
Single by Brian Collins
from the album This Is Brian Collins
B-side"How Can I Tell Her (About You)"
Released1974
Format7" single
GenreCountry
Length3:04
LabelDot17499
Songwriter(s)Jan Crutchfield
Producer(s)Jim Foglesong[1]
Brian Collins singles chronology
"I Don't Plan on Losing You"
(1974)
"Statue of a Fool"
(1974)
"That's the Way Love Should Be"
(1974)
"Statue of a Fool"
Single by Ricky Van Shelton
from the album RVS III
B-side"He's Got You"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1989[2]
Format7" single
RecordedJune 14, 1989[2]
GenreCountry
Length3:04
LabelColumbia Nashville 38-73077
Songwriter(s)Jan Crutchfield
Producer(s)Steve Buckingham
Ricky Van Shelton singles chronology
"Living Proof"
(1989)
"Statue of a Fool"
(1989)
"I've Cried My Last Tear for You"
(1990)

"Statue of a Fool" is a song credited by Jan Crutchfield and has been recorded by a number of country artists such as Jack Greene, Brian Collins, Ricky Van Shelton, and Bill Medley, formerly of The Righteous Brothers.

Question of Authorship[edit]

Authorship of the song is surrounded in controversy. According to Genna Sapia-Ruffin, the wife of David Ruffin, former member of The Temptations, on page 251 of her book A Memoir: David Ruffin -- My Temptation (1993-2003, 1st Books Library), Ruffin wrote and originally released the song on a 78 RPM in 1958, when he was recording under the name "Little Eddie Bush.' However, as he was only seventeen years old at that time, later covers of the song gave writing credits to Jan Crutchfield. (David himself, stated that he wrote it just before he sang it during one of his last concerts with Dennis Edwards and Eddie Kendrick, also there is a YouTube video that shows the night he said it)

Ruffin rerecorded the song in 1975 for the album Who I Am, with his name unchallenged as the sole writer.

Chart performance[edit]

Jack Greene version[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3

Brian Collins version[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 6

Bill Medley version[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 91

Ricky Van Shelton version[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[8] 39
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived 2014-05-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Greatest Hits Plus (CD). Ricky Van Shelton. Columbia Records. 1992. 52753.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 143.
  4. ^ "Brian Collins Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Bill Medley Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6704." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 17, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  7. ^ "Ricky Van Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1990". RPM. December 22, 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Best of 1990: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1990. Retrieved August 23, 2013.