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James Ray - If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody

James Ray

If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody

Caprice Records

Release Date: May 26th, 1962

Words by: Whaley Big Jesus
February 15th, 2012

There's no surprise that this tune was a great favorite of John Lennon's, and no doubt a great influence on some of his writing. You can hear a lot of Lennonesque qualities to the phrasing on this number, particularly in the delivery of the 'do you gotta hurt me' line at the 28 second mark. You may also note the very Beatlesy rhythm/feel change between chorus and verse.

A really great track – dynamic delivery and a hook that lives on in the mind for a long time after listening.

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