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Ray Brown & The Whispers - Fool, Fool, Fool (1965)

(Rudy Clark)
Australia Australia
#1 Sydney #4 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #1 Adelaide #1 Perth

Single on Leedon. Also released in USA on GNP Crescendo with Pride on the B-side (a separate release in Australia).

Chart-topping Sydney band that originated in the surf music scene as The Nocturnes. After acquiring Ray Brown as their lead singer, they went on to become one of the most popular Australian bands of the British Invasion era.

The B-side was Go To Him, something of a cult classic in its own right.

Further reading: Ray Brown history at Milesago.

Disambiguation: 1. This is not Ray Brown, the American jazz bassist (1926-2002) nor any of numerous other Ray Browns. 2. These Whispers are not the American R&B vocal group formed in 1964.

The A-Cads - Fool, Fool, Fool (1965)

(Rudy Clark)
South Africa South Africa

Single on RCA Victor (SA), the band’s follow-up to their #1 hit Hungry For Love.

The A-Cads were a Johannesburg band formed 1965 who had an impact on South African music comparable to that of The Easybeats in Australia.

Essential reading at The South African Rock Encyclopedia:
1. Nick Warburton’s Beat Merchants and the Underground Legends.
2. The A-Cads section includes discography, biography and a family tree of group membership.

Thanks to Tertius Loew.

Joey & The Flips - Fool, Fool, Fool (1964)

(Rudy Clark)

Single on Cameo, June 1964 by Philadelphia doo-wop group led by Joey Hall, best remembered for Bongo Stomp (1962, #33 USA). Also known as Little Joey & The Flips

Further reading: 1. Little Joey & The Flips biography at All Music. 2. Photo, personnel and discography at Doo-wop Groups and Discography.

Thanks to Phil Chapman.

Roosevelt Grier - Fool, Fool, Fool (1964)

(Rudy Clark)
Original version

Single on RIC, April 1964, also on the album Soul City, released around February 1965 [Billboard], produced by Bobby Darin and arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Two of the songs on the album were written by Darin.

Roosevelt Grier (b.1932): American football star better known as ‘Rosey’ Grier whose recording career began with A Records in 1960. He recorded for several labels throughout the 60s and into the 70s, but he also diversified into acting and sewing crafts (he published Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Men in 1973). 

Grier worked as a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy and is known for subduing and disarming Kennedy’s assassin in 1968. He was ordained as a minister in the 80s.

He has been in many TV series over the years, including appearances as himself in The Larry Sanders Show (1998) and The Simpsons (1999).

The writer
Rudy Clark (b.1935) was an associate of Bobby Darin, the producer of Roosevelt Grier’s Soul City. Darin owned Trio Music, the company that published Fool, Fool, Fool

Clark’s compositions include The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) (Betty Everett and others), Good Lovin’ (The Young Rascals, The Olympics) and James Ray’s I’ve Got My Mind Set On You, best known through George Harrison’s version, Got My Mind Set On You.

Thanks to Walter for helping to nail this one.

Essential viewing: Roosevelt Grier sings ‘Fool, Fool, Fool on Bandstand, June 1964, with interview by Dick Clark at the end. Click PLAY button above or go to YouTube.

References, further reading: 1. Roosevelt Grier entry at All Music Guide.  2. Roosevelt Grier article at Wikipedia is good on Grier’s careers in football and TV other areas, not so much on the music. 3 Rosey Grier’s filmography at IMDb. 4. Bobby Darin Produces Roosevelt Grier’s Album at bobbydarin.net 5. Rudy Clark: There’s not much about him online. Try Discogs.com (brief bio and a long discography), Wikipedia (brief page with some good details) and Songwriters Hall of Fame (one paragraph for an apparently unsuccessful nomination).

The Clovers - Fool, Fool, Fool (1951)

(Nugetre [Ahmet Ertegun])
Red herring

 Same title but not the same song as
‘Fool, Fool, Fool’ by Ray Brown & The Whispers.

Single on Atlantic.

Listen at YouTube

Also recorded by Kay Starr (USA 1952), Wilma Reading (Australia 1960) and by Elvis Presley at Sun Records.

Barbara Acklin - Fool, Fool, Fool (Look In The Mirror) (1967)

(Rudy Clark)
Red herring

 Similar title by same songwriter
but not the same song as
‘Fool, Fool, Fool’ by Ray Brown & The Whispers.

Single on Brunswick by soul singer and songwriter whose highest charting hit was Love Makes A Woman (1967, #15 USA).

Listen at YouTube

Also recorded by Barbara Lewis (1967) and Peggy March (1966).

This is a second song by Rudy Clark with Fool, Fool, Fool in the title.

Confusingly, the Australian and New Zealand issues use simply Fool, Fool, Fool as the title.

Thanks to Phil Chapman.