This Ricky Van Shelton Old Country Music Lyrics was written by Jan Crutchfield in 1969 and became a #1 Country song the same year.
The song has been recorded by many country artists but when you listen to Ricky Van Shelton do his version of this classic country music song it's hard not to appreciate his clear powerful voice.
And in the below video, just look at all that talent sitting around Ricky in awe of his singing.
B.J. Thomas, Chet Atkins, Crystal Gayle and other country music stars.
Anyone who can sing like that sitting down certainly has an overload of talent.
Look around at the stars. Some are no longer with us. George "Goober" Lindsey, the quiet gentleman sitting right next to Ricky, died in 2012.
Look at the expression on Goober's face as Ricky gets into the song. It's like, "Man he's sitting down and sings that good."
And then look how much fun Lorrie Morgan, Porter Wagner and Larry Gatlin have doing their backup version on Statue of A Fool.
When the song ends Lorrie just shakes her head like she can't believe he hit those notes.
The song brings back some seventies night clubbing memories when you could not go into a bar or club in and around Hamilton, Ohio without hearing this song playing on a Jukebox or being performed by a live band.
Statue of A Fool was a #1 song for Jack Greene in 1969 and twenty years later was a #2 Country song for Ricky Van Shelton.
Ricky's cover also reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks the same year while Green's original only charted #3 back in '69.
Enjoy this great tear jerker by a premier talent and if you've never heard Ricky sing "From a Jack to a King," I believe he also does that song better than the original. Just my opinion.
Ricky Van Shelton Old Country Music Lyrics
Original recording 1969 by Jack Greene
Written by Jan Crutchfield
Recorded 1989 by Ricky Van Shelton
Somewhere there should be for all the world to see
A statue of a fool made of stone
The image of a man who let love slip through his hands
And then just let him stand there all alone
And there on his face a gold tear should be placed
To honor the million tears he's cried
And the hurt in his eyes would show so everyone would know
That concealed is a broken heart inside
So build a statue and oh build it high so that all can see
Then inscribe the World's Greatest Fool
and name it after me
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