A Fool Such As I (as made famous by Elvis Presley)

“(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I” is a popular song written by Bill Trader and was published in 1952. Recorded as a single by Hank Snow it peaked at number four on the US country charts [1] early in 1953.

Since the original Snow version, “Fool Such as I”—as the song is sometimes known—has been recorded and released as singles several times, by artists as diverse as Jo Stafford, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and Baillie & the Boys.[2]

A recording by Elvis Presley, initially released as B-side to “I Need Your Love Tonight”, was an even bigger hit, reaching number one in the UK and number two in the United States (1959). It became a platinum record.

The song was recorded on June 10, 1958 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville, while Presley was on leave from the Army.[4] The recording featured guitar by Hank Garland, Chet Atkins and Presley, bass by Bob Moore, drums by D. J. Fontana and Buddy Harman and piano by Floyd Cramer and backing vocal by the Jordanaires, with the bass voice provided by Ray Walker.[5] It reached number sixteen on the R&B charts.[6]