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"Fool to Cry" is a ballad[1][2] 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 RichardsMick 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 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.


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Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1976) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 45
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 16
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5] 12
Canada (CHUM)[6] 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 11
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 6
Italy (FIMI)[9] 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 10
US Cash Box[16] 9
US Record World[17] 23

Music video[edit]Edit

A music video was produced to promote the single.[18]


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.[19]

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

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