Revisit Toby Keith’s Acoustic Cover Of A Beloved Elvis Song

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Hear Toby Keith Sing “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I,” Which Elvis Recorded

Back in 2020, Toby Keith shared a series of acoustic covers on his official YouTube channel. One of the songs he performed during that time was once recorded by Elvis Presley.


In 1952, Bill Trader wrote a song titled “(Now And Then There’s) A Fool Such As I.” The song has the narrator lamenting over the end of his relationship with the woman he loves.

Hank Snow recorded the song first. It became a Top 10 hit on the US Country chart (now the Hot Country Songs chart).

Other artists saw how successful the song was, and rushed to record their own renditions. It didn’t just stay in the country realm either, as artists such as R&B and jazz singer Tommy Edwards and pop singer Jo Stafford lent their voices to the song.

Elvis Presley famously recorded his own rendition. His version hit #2 in the U.S. and #1 hit in the UK. The RIAA gave his version a Platinum certification.

Other artists such as Bob Dylan and Baillie & the Boys recorded the song too. But Presley’s recording remains the most well-known.

So Toby Keith tried to emulate Elvis Presley when he covered the song from Mexico.

Watch Him Sing “A Fool Such As I” With His Acoustic Guitar

Keith was stuck in Mexico for a bit and used his spare time to sing covers of old-school country songs like “A Fool Such As I.” He left his guitar behind in the States. So he bought an old guitar from a furniture store in Mexico for these cover performances.

Toby Keith honored Elvis with this acoustic performance in 2020
Toby Keith / YouTube


Sometimes, Keith briefly introduced the cover songs he picked, but he didn’t do that with “A Fool Such As I.” He moved right into the song!

You can tell Keith was mimicking Presley’s way of singing. Since Presley’s rendition of the song was so notable, it makes sense why Keith would opt to channel him through his own performance.

It’s clear he had a fun time delivering his cover because he signed off with a laugh and a smile before his video ended. Watch Toby Keith honor Elvis in the video below.

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