Fooled Around and Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on April 29th of 1976 Elvin Bishop cracks Billboards Top 10 with “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”. The song would eventually peak at #3. Bishop is a Blues guitarist who played in The Paul Butterfield Blues Band before forming his own band in 1968. Mickey Thomas, who joined Jefferson Starship in 1979,  was a vocalist in Bishop’s band, and he sang lead on this. According to Bishop his producer, Bill Szymczyk, said, ‘We need one more piece of material here. You got anything else laying around?’ I said, ‘Well, there’s this tune I wrote the other day.’ Well, not the other day. I’d actually tried to get a couple of other people to sing it, but somehow it didn’t work out. I said, ‘How about this ‘Fooled Around and Fell In Love’?’ We cut a track, it was a really nice track. I tried singing it, and I said, ‘That’s not buttering my biscuit, my vocal on this. Why don’t we give Mickey a shot at this?’ And the producer said, ‘Well, that’s big of you.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t think so. It’s just common sense, you know?’ And Mickey just tore it up.” Mickey Thomas went on to replace Marty Balin as the male lead singer of Jefferson Starship in 1979 and was with the band in 1985 when they changed their name to Starship and had huge hits with “Sara,” “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” Although Bishop is known as a Blues musician, this song was a huge Pop hit and still gets considerable airplay on Adult Contemporary radio. The song does not represent the body of Bishop’s work, but he does love playing it live. The song was a minor hit in the UK peaking at #34.