Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

This episode celebrates the April Fools – the greatest hit singles during the rock and roll era with the word “fool” or “fools” in the title.

These include studio recordings by the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that both bands never performed live in concert.

Then there’s Buddy Holly with the Crickets and the Crickets without Buddy Holly – both acts separately had hits with the same fool song. And there’s the story of the criminally convicted mafia-connected record company owner who was no fool when it came to taking writing credit and royalties for hit songs by artists on his labels that he didn’t compose.

 We’ll also fool around with Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, Rick Nelson, the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick, Brenda Lee, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, George Michael, the Impressions, the Guess Who, and the Who, along with dozens of others.

See a listing of "Fools" songs on the "Musicology" page.