Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3); 1976

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

After two years of studying physics at the University of Chicago, Elvin Bishop left the classroom for the streets and his beloved Blues. His musical journey took him through several successful years with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, followed by a move to the Bay area and its thriving music scene. In 1974, Let It Flow became his debut album charter, and Travelin’ Shoes launched him onto the Hot 100. Juke Joint Jump followed Flow in 1995 along with the #83 single, Sure Feels Good. Struttin’ My Stuff streeted in 1976: the third album to feature backing by future New Age pianist Philip Aaberg, bassist Michael Brooks, and Starship drummer-to-be Donny Baldwin. Also present again was vocalist Mickey Thomas, who took the lead on a song Bishop had written years earlier: Fooled Around And Fell In Love. Mickey later joined Donny in Starship and helped bring the veteran band its first #1, as lead singer on 1985’s We Built This City.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Bill Szymczyk

Lyrics Written by:

  • Elvin Bishop