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A country classic crosses genres

Because of David Ruffin, a country classic is also loved by R&B fans.
Because of David Ruffin, a country classic is also loved by R&B fans.
Alternate Cover: K-Tel Records

Record single by Jack Greene: "Statue of a Fool" (1969)


Here’s why this song should be in your collection!

“Statue of a Fool” has been a major hit for several artists, especially in the Country genre.

Jan Crutchfield’s songs have been recorded by a variety of country stars including Jimmy Dean, Faron Young, Tanya Tucker, and Barbara Mandrell. The lyrics in “Statue of a Fool” tell the maudlin tale of a man whose remorse about lost love is so great that he considers it to be monumental (pun intended).

The first version of the song to hit the charts was recorded by the country star Jack Greene in 1969; it went all the way to #1 on Country charts in the USA. In 1974 a cover version by Brian Collins reached Country’s Top Ten. Ricky Van Shelton took his cover version to the #1 position on Country charts in 1989.

Country stars like Ferlin Husky and (Anthony) T. Graham Brown have also recorded cover versions. In 1979 Bill Medley, better known as a member of The Righteous Brothers, record a pop version of the song.

This song is available on various albums in compact disc and MP3 format from major vendors. But please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

In 1975 David Ruffin, a former member of The Temptations, released the album Who I Am. Two of the best tracks on the album are Ruffin’s monster pop hit “Walk Away From Love” and his haunting R&B cover version of “Statue of a Fool.”