Happy April Fool's Day: Fools in Popular Music

As you've hopefully been able to tell from our previous two entries (and yes, we were KIDDING about both of them), Rocks Off has been having some fun with April Fool's Day today. According to Wikipedia - unless, you know, they're joking - the day springs from a discrepancy when the measuring of days and seasons switched from the Gregorian to the Julian calendar. Stubborn sorts refusing to acknowledge the new calendar were referred to as "April Fools."

Since ancient times, the Fool has been an important character in both the arts and real life. Ordinary citizens who criticized their rulers were often put to death, so it fell to thespians, minstrels and court jesters - whose droopy three-legged hats were made to resemble a donkey's ears and tail - to safely (sometimes) deliver news and commentary those in power perhaps would rather not have heard. Kind of like the media, come to think of it, or at least the way the media used to be. Now about all we've got is The Daily Show.

Anyway, fools show up in several Shakespearean plays; among the better-known include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Yorick and the Gravediggers in Hamlet, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice and Trinculo in The Tempest. More recently, popular music has been lousy with fools, so Rocks Off put together the ultimate April Fool's Day playlist after the jump.

Starring Sinatra, Elvis, Rick Nelson, Buck Owens, Bobby Blue Bland, Ike & Tina Turner, The Who, Foghat, Journey, ZZ Top, George Strait, Def Leppard, World Party, Reba McEntire, the Cardigans and more...  

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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