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: