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34 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's FOOLIN' Single At #28 In The USA

Foolin' 1983.

Def Leppard's classic Foolin' single reached Number 28 in the USA on this day in 1983.

Released on 18th August 1983, 'Foolin'' was the third and final single from the album in North America.

The Pyromania album had been released there on 20th January.

Foolin' peaked at Number 28 on this day having been at 29 the week before.

It had entered the chart on 3rd September at 85 and spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.

It reached its peak after 10 weeks and continued the band's unbroken run on the US singles chart until 3rd December 1983. A run which began on 12th March when 'Photograph' first entered the chart.

All three singles overlapped each other and had a combined total of 46 weeks on the chart (over 39 weeks).

Photograph reached Number 12 in May with Rock Of Ages following it as the second Top 20 hit when it got to Number 16 on 13th August.

The promo video was filmed at a small theatre in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Kenny Rogers was at Number One in this week. Two British bands were in the Top Ten - The Fixx and future Lep friends Spandau Ballet.

Fellow Sheffield band The Human League were also in the Top 40.

Read some quotes about this song.

US Top Five Singles - 5th November 1983

  • 01 - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Patton - Islands In the Stream
  • 02 - Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night)
  • 03 - Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • 04 - The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another
  • 05 - Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
  • 28 - Def Leppard - Foolin' - (Peak Position)

Def Leppard Foolin' - 2005 Band Quotes

Phil Collen

"The first thing that springs to mind is the video. And we made some really naff ones. I may blush a bit but I don't get embarrassed about the hair or clothes. I have really good memories of playing guitar with Steve in the video."

Rick Allen

"I once met Billy Idol in his dressing room and he said. 'Aren't you the guy that does that song F-F-F-Fooling?' He was taking the piss. But you could say that it hit home with fans and other musicians."

Joe Elliott

"It wasn't on the original British Edition of 'Vault'. But it was a huge, huge song for us in the States. The UK just wasn't ready for us back in 1983. But it was certainly a key 'Pyromania' moment."

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