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"Fool to Cry"
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Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Black and Blue
B-side "Crazy Mama"
Released 1976
Format 7-inch single
Length 5:04
Label Rolling Stones
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
"Fool to Cry"
"Hot Stuff"
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
"Fool to Cry"
"Hot Stuff"
Black and Blue track listing
8 tracks
Side one
  1. "Hot Stuff"
  2. "Hand of Fate"
  3. "Cherry Oh Baby"
  4. "Memory Motel"
Side two
  1. "Hey Negrita"
  2. "Melody"
  3. "Fool to Cry"
  4. "Crazy Mama"

"Fool to Cry" is a ballad[1] by English rock band The Rolling Stones from their 1976 album Black and Blue.

The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Mick Taylor had just left the band and the rest of the Stones were left without a lead guitarist. The recording of Black and Blue acted as a sort of audition for new guitarists, which led to session man Wayne Perkins playing guitar on this track.[citation needed] Jagger plays electric piano and Nicky Hopkins performs regular piano on the track, with Hopkins also playing the string synthesizer.

Released as the lead single off Black and Blue in 1976, "Fool to Cry" reached No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

"Fool to Cry" was the only track from Black and Blue to appear on the Stones' career-spanning greatest hits albums Forty Licks in 2002 and GRRR! in 2012.

Chart performance[edit]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single.[15]


Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s controversial, Golden Globe-winning show Girls, commissioned Tegan and Sara to cover the Rolling Stones' "Fool to Cry" for the show's official soundtrack.[16]

American singer-songwriter Taylor Dayne covered the song for her 2008 studio album Satisfied.[17]


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  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Black and Blue – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JUNE 12, 1976". Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. . Cash Box.
  13. ^ "The Singles Chart" (PDF). Record World. 12 June 1976. p. 15. ISSN 0034-1622. Retrieved 17 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly". RPM. Vol. 26 no. 14 & 15. 8 January 1977. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  15. ^ The Rolling Stones - Fool To Cry - OFFICIAL PROMO. YouTube. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Khanna, Vish (18 January 2013). "Girls' Lena Dunham asked Tegan and Sara to cover the Rolling Stones". CBC Music. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Taylor Dayne – Satisfied". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 

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