Play It Again Mayhem – “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Elvin Bishop
This is the sixteenth song in the Play It Again Mayhem series which began back in 2020. Check out the previous entries along with this new one in the Play It Again Mayhem Spotify Playlist, click here to take a listen! It has been nearly ten months since the last one, how lazy was I? Anyway this is a song I consider an underrated classic from 1976 by legendary blues guitarist Elvin Bishop, entitled “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”. Bishop was not the vocalist on “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” though, that job fell to Mickey Thomas who many of you might know as vocalist, backing vocalist, and guitarist for Jefferson Starship and Starship from 1979. Elvin Bishop apparently felt that the tune better suited Mickey Thomas rather than the real gravelly blues sounds he created himself. It was this song and his other work by Elvin Bishop that helped Mickey Thomas get the gig with Jefferson Starship, which evolved into simply Starship.
The song’s best chart position was number three in the USA and New Zealand. It only reached number 34 in the UK, but I am proud to say I bought a copy all those years ago. The tune has been featured in many films, my favorite was its appearance in the first ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ film in 2014 as a part of the now rather famous mixtape. It was that film that made me fall in love with the song all over again. Rod Stewart covered the song in 2006, but frankly, that was not Rod’s finest moment and, for me, does not even come close to the original. The track remains one of my favorite songs of all time.
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