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Sanford Clark (1935–2021), rockabilly singer known for “The Fool”

by Linnea Crowther

Sanford Clark was a rockabilly singer and guitarist known for his 1956 hit song, “The Fool.”

Recording career

After serving in the U.S. Air Force in the South Pacific, Clark met songwriter Lee Hazlewood (1929–2007) and recorded his song, “The Fool.” Clark had a No. 7 hit with the song, and it was later covered by artists including Elvis Presley (1935–1977). Nine years later, Clark rerecorded “The Fool” with Waylon Jennings (1937–2002) featured on guitar. Clark followed “The Fool” with a minor hit in 1957, “The Cheat.” His other songs included “Son of a Gun,” “It’s Nothing to Me,” and “Houston.” In later years, Clark left the music business and worked in construction, then formed the record label Desert Sun Records, where he occasionally recorded.

Tributes to Sanford Clark

Full obituary: Entertainment Weekly


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