Elvin Bishop

Fooled Around and Fell in Love

Composed by Elvin Bishop

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Brought up in the electric Chicago blues tradition and cutting his teeth in the legendary Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop was known variously as a blues and/or Southern rock guitarist and writer. But the sultry, aching "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is pretty much straight R&B, though certainly a plaintive pedal steel guitar and upright piano riffs add a certain country wistfulness.

It always seems odd when the artist whose name is on a record leaves the singing to another; the pop audience is so used to singer/songwriters. In this case, Bishop -- making like Ted Nugent and Jeff Beck -- leaves the lead vocals to Mickey Thomas, later of Jefferson Starship. The song is almost pure chorus, with just a couple of rounds of the heart-wrenching verse during which Thomas sings soulfully in full command of the lyrics, pausing dramatically during "free (beat), on my own/That's how I used to be/But since you left me baby," and then adding an ad-lib falsetto howl for "hold on me" to finish the line like a bluesman (the result more like "ho-oo-woah-old on meeee"). His background training with gospel singer Gideon Daniels clearly paid off. The song fades with Thomas singing a gospel-informed, circular call-and-response with the backing vocal section. It was Daniels who introduced Thomas to Bishop, and it was subsequently the success of "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" that led to the founders of Jefferson Starship to invite him on board.

We also get great behind-the-beat country piano trills from Philip Aaberg and Bishop's dynamic stalwart rhythm section of Michael Brooks on bass and Donny Baldwin, who joined the later incarnation of Starship, on drums. And of course there is Bishop's crunchy and melodic guitar solo, which is tastefully concise for the guy who gets top billing. Interestingly, the guitarist leaves an audible flub in the seventh bar of the solo, an imperfection that seems to have been left in sacrifice of the overall feel; for this, as well as exercising self-control in the era of 20-minute-long solos, he must be commended. Bill Szymzczyk, who produced and/or engineered some great (and not-so-great) blues and classic rock recordings during the '70s, provides a deep, rich sonic tableau that simply is the sound of the summer of 1976 for many who were around then (perhaps even the perfect prom theme for the real geriatrics). Indeed, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" was used effectively to evoke that era when it was a number three hit in Paul Thomas Anderson's spot-on film Boogie Nights, and it can be found on its Boogie Nights, Vol. 2 soundtrack album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1973
Various Artists
Capricorn
Struttin' My Stuff 1975 Universal Special Products / Capricorn 4:35
Billboard Top Hits: 1976 1976
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
No Image 1979 Capricorn
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 1989
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Country's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Southern Country Rock 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Rebel Rousers: Southern Rock Classics 1992
Various Artists
Rhino
Back to Back: Elvin Bishop/Wet Willie 1992 K-Tel Distribution
Sure Feels Good: The Best of Elvin Bishop 1992 Polydor 4:34
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 18 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:00
Rebel Rousers: Best Of Southern Rock 1994
Various Artists
Special Music 4:37
American FM, Vol. 1 [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
2:58
The Best of Southern Rock [Rebound] 1994
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:37
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1976 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Prom Night: The 70s 1995
Various Artists
Special Music Company / Special Music
Billboard Top Hits: 1975-1979 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:59
Ace in the Hole 1995 Alligator Records 4:41
Southern Fried Rock 1995
Karaoke
Life Times & Music 4:35
Rock On 1976: Summer 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:01
AM Gold: 1976 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:58
House of Blues: Essential Southern Rock 1997
Various Artists
A&M 4:34
Fast Cars & Southern Stars 1997
Various Artists
Critique Records
Southern Rockin' Rebels 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:36
Boogie Nights, Vol. 2 1998
Original Soundtrack
Capitol / EMI Records 4:34
70's Hits Back 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:35
Easyriders, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:29
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:58
Sounds of the Seventies: '70s Gold 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 2:59
The Summer of Sam 1999
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:58
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Soft Rockin' 70's, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:32
Singers & Songwriters: 1974-1975 [2000] 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:59
Amplified 2000
Various Artists
UTV 4:35
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:36
A Year in Your Life: 1976, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:59
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Elvin Bishop 2002 Mercury 4:37
Goin' South, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:35
Southern Rock Review 2002
Various Artists
Griffin 4:33
The Best of Elvin Bishop [Collectables] 2004 Universal Special Products / PSM 2:59
Devil's Rejects [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2005
Original Soundtrack
Hip-O 4:37
Southern Rock: Gold [2 CD] 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:36
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:35
Invincible [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:35
Gold: Soft Rock 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:35
Get Ready, Here Come the '70s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:35
The Best of 1976: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
20th Century Masters
Juke Joint Jump/Struttin' My Stuff 2009 Raven
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:36
Stand Up Guys [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2012
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 4:36
Lovelace [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2013
Original Soundtrack
Relativity 4:36
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 2014
Various Artists
Hollywood 4:37
Guardians of the Galaxy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2014 Hollywood 4:37
Hit List 2: More Hot 100 Chartbusters from the 70s 2016
Various Artists
Ace 2:58
20 #1’s: Classic Rock Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:36
20 #1’s: Movie Love Songs
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:37
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 4:36
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:57
Throwback Tunes: 70s
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:36