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Fool to Cry

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

Recorded in December 1974, 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. 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 on 20 April 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 1
  • Music video 2
  • Covers 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

Chart performance

Chart (1976) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 45
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 16
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[4] 12
Canada (CHUM)[5] 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 6
Italy (FIMI)[8] 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 10
US Cash Box[15] 9
US Record World[16] 23

Music video

A music video was produced to promote the single.[17]


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.[18]

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


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  3. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
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  5. ^ CHART NUMBER 1012 – Wednesday, June 09, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 July 2007). CHUM. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4167a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Fool to Cry". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
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  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Rolling Stones - Fool To Cry search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  10. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  11. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  12. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Fool To Cry". VG-lista. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 1976-06-05" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
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  15. ^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JUNE 12, 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 September 2012). Cash Box magazine. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  16. ^ RECORD WORLD 1976 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2 May 2003). Record World. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
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