Morning music: “Everybody Plays the Fool”


Morning listeners! This morning's selection also has a trivia question…Anyone know whose father was the lead singer of this 1973 hit song by the Main Ingredient? Here's a hint…the son is a very well-known movie star whose most famous line to-date is, "Show me the money!" from the 1996 movie "Jerry Maguire"  …

Try to guess before you read any further!

"Everybody Plays the Fool" is the title of a popular song written by J.R. Bailey, Rudy Clark and Ken Williams. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best R&B Song at the 1973 ceremony.

The first recording of the song to reach the Top 40 in the United States was by the R&B group The Main Ingredient, a trio consisting at the time of Cuba Gooding, Sr., Tony Silvester and Luther Simmons, Jr. Their version of "Everybody Plays the Fool" rose to no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1972, and was certified gold by the RIAA. This version also peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and at no. 25 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. It was the group's highest charting hit single.

Aaron Neville also recorded "Everybody Plays the Fool" and had a very successful run with it.   Neville recorded a cover version of "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1991 which also hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching no. 8 in the fall of that year, and it spent 20 weeks on the chart.  This was Neville's third Top 10 hit on the pop chart, following "Tell It Like It Is" (1967, no. 2) and his duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much" (1989, no. 2). Neville's single also went to no. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.  In addition, it was a no. 1 single in New Zealand.

Source: Wikipedia