“Poor Little Fool” was released during mid-1958 and became Ricky Nelson’s first number one hit spending two weeks on top of The United States music world. He had reached number two, twice and three, once but had never made it to the top of the mountain.
It was close to a traditional ballad with a soft vocal that just flowed freely past the senses. While he would issue some up-tempo hits in the future, this song would lead him in a pop direction with good commercial results.
Also of note, it was the first song to reach the top of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S newly named Hot 100 chart.