In a nutshell, Joe Barry was a white rock & roller from Louisiana who sounded almost exactly like Fats Domino. His one significant hit, "I'm a Fool to Care," peaked at number 24 on the Billboard pop charts in 1961, and his only other charting single failed to make the Top 40. I'm a Fool to Care collects Barry's biggest hit plus 14 other '60s recordings (but not his other hit), some of which were originally released on the Jin and Princess labels. Barry rocks up a number of oldies here, giving the swamp pop treatment to some Ernest Tubb and Hank Snow hits, among others, but none challenge the impression that Barry was merely an accomplished Fats Domino revivalist. I'm a Fool to Care, beyond its one hard-to-find hit, is a collection strictly for swamp pop fanatics.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams