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05/03/1965 The Manish Boys release single "I Pity The Fool"

"I Pity the Fool" is a soul-blues song originally recorded by Bobby Bland in 1961 for his 1st Duke Records album, Two Steps from the Blues. The lyrics tell of a man, who, while pitying others for falling for a certain woman, knows that he is also shamed. After its release as a single, it became one of Bland's biggest hits.


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