Song of the Day, April 21: I’m A Fool to Want You

JodyGrindTrashFoolToday’s song originated in 1951 and has become a jazz-pop standard. Frank Sinatra wrote it with Joel Herron and Jack Wood for sessions the singer recorded with the Ray Charles Singers. When he moved from Columbia to Capitol in 1957, he revisited the song, making it one of his first stereo recordings.

A moving, melancholy song of unrequited love, it has been covered by dozens of singers over the years, ranging from Billie Holliday to Elvis Costello, from Bob Dylan to Shirley Bassey. My favorite rendition is by the wonderful Atlanta group the Jody Grind, who used it to close their debut LP.

Recording only two albums before an auto accident killed two of the band, they created a distinctive alt-jazz rock sound. Singer Kelly Hogan, who has gone on to solo success and is a much in-demand session singer, honed her powerful chops on the group’s eccentric array of selections. She turns in a darkly moving interpretation that surges with longing.

Enjoy this dark pop gem today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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