I’m A Fool To Care

This came on the ’50s Sirius radio station just now and I was sure it was Fats Domino. it’s Joe Barry in 1961 doing a cover of the Les Paul and Mary Ford song from 1954. And sure enough, Fats recorded it in 1964.

Wikipedia describes Joe Barry: “Joe Barry (Joseph Barrios…Cut Off, Louisiana…1939-2004) was an American swamp pop singer active on the early rock and roll scene. Barry started recording locally in 1958, and…in 1961…released…”I’m a Fool to Care”…It hit #15 on the U.S. Black Singles chart and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100…and sold over one million records by 1968, earning a belated gold disc.…”

   I love the way Joe pronounces “care.” What a fine bit of singing!

   Click below for the 3 songs:

Joe Barry, 1961

Fats Domino, 1964

Les Paul and Mary Ford, 1954


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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