|"What a Fool Believes"|
Artwork for one US 7-inch vinyl pressings, also used for the album, which contains the song
|Single by The Doobie Brothers|
|from the album Minute by Minute|
|"Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"|
3:41 (Album / Single Version)|
5:28 (Extended Version)
7:11 (Disco Remix Version)
|The Doobie Brothers singles chronology|
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"What a Fool Believes" is a song written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. The best-known version was recorded by The Doobie Brothers (with McDonald singing lead vocals) for their 1978 album Minute by Minute. Debuting at number 73 on January 20, 1979, the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 14, 1979 for one week. The song received Grammy Awards in 1980 for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
The song was one of the few non-disco No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the first eight months of 1979. The lyrics tell a story of a man who is reunited with an old love interest and attempts to rekindle a romantic relationship with her before discovering that one never really existed.
Kenny Loggins released a version of the song (five months prior to The Doobie Brothers) on his 1978 album Nightwatch, and a live version on his 1980 album Kenny Loggins Alive. Loggins' original version switches several of the gender pronouns, so that it is sung largely from the perspective of the woman in the encounter.
Warner Brothers also released a 12-inch single disco version by The Doobie Brothers (backed with "Don't Stop to Watch the Wheels"), which peaked at number 40 on Billboard's Disco Action Chart in April 1979. Mixed by disco producer Jim Burgess, at 5:31 the song is considerably longer than the 3:41 versions on the 7-inch single and the Minute by Minute LP. The 12-inch version also has a more pronounced bass-driven drumbeat.
|"What a Fool Believes"|
|Single by Matt Bianco|
|from the album Samba in Your Casa|
"Samba in Your Casa (Cashassa Mix)" |
"Say It's Not Too Late"
"What a Fool Believes" is a 12" vinyl EP by Matt Bianco, released in 1991.
Numerous cover versions of the song have been recorded, including:
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They comment: Disco from an unlikely artist ... "What A Fool Believes" was remixed by the late Jim Burgess to enhance its dance floor appeal. Another good Doobie Brothers 12 inch release was "Real Love"
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