David Coverdale Says Whitesnake’s ‘Fool For Your Loving’ Was Originally Written For B.B. King
Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale spoke during a recent episode of the ‘Look Back’ YouTube video series and admitted they wrote ‘Fool For Your Loving’ for B.B. King.
After the end of the tour supporting their ‘Lovehunter,’ Whitesnake began working on their third album. They then released ‘Ready an’ Willing’ on May 31, 1980. Following its release, the album reached number six on the U.K. Chart and became their first album to chart in the U.S., with the help of the lead single ‘Fool For Your Loving.’
‘Fool For Your Loving’ initially came out on their ‘Ready An’ Willing’ album, but Whitesnake re-recorded it for their 1989 record ‘Slip Of The Tongue.’ The song was co-written by David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden, and Micky Moody. According to Coverdale, they originally wrote ‘Fool For Your Loving’ for iconic blues artist B.B. King.
In a new episode of Whitesnake’s ‘Look Back’ video series on YouTube, David Coverdale revealed he didn’t want to re-record ‘Fool For Your Loving’ for their ‘Slip Of The Tongue’ album. Coverdale then recalled that Bernie Marsden played B.B. King some Whitesnake songs, and the musician asked them to write something for him.
According to Coverdale, B.B. King asked this because he heard their Bobby Bland cover ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ and liked the song. So, Marsden began writing a track while on a safari in Kenya, and they developed this idea. They then listened to the demo together and decided to release the song. After that, it became their first global hit.
During the video, Coverdale answered the following:
“‘Fool For Your Loving’ had been Whitesnake’s original breakthrough single in 1980. How did you feel about revisiting ‘Fool For Your Loving’ nine years after the original? One assumes it was to repeat the success of ‘Here I Go Again?'”
The frontman replied:
“I definitely didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it, but Geffen believed lightning would strike twice. And it’s a very solid song. Funnily enough, the background of it, Sounds Magazine in England had asked Bernie Marsden as a young blues player, white blues player, to interview B.B. King, which was a super interview. He played B.B. some of our stuff, and he was such a doll.
He said, ‘Why don’t you guys write something for me?’ because he’d heard our version of Bobby Bland’s. Bobby Bland and he were big friends. He’d heard ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,’ which Bobby loved apparently. And we got a special thanks from him on his ‘Best Of.’ Bernie was away in Kenya writing on a camera safari, and we were working on this idea.”
He then continued:
“B.B. at this time was working with a jazz-funk group called Crusaders. So, of course, I was significantly beefier, but if you listen to it, the idea of a funky bass player, not-so-heavy guitars, and stuff like that, and ‘Fool For Your Loving’ no more ‘brring’ the signature B.B. King guitar lick.
Then Bernie came back, and Micky and I played him this idea, and he came up and put his input in there. Martin and I were listening to the playback of this demo for B.B., and both Martin and I looked at each other and said, ‘I think we should hang on to this.’ Which we did; apologies to B.B., God rest his soul. And it became our first global hit literally.”
You can watch the rest of the video and listen to Whitesnake’s ‘Fool For Your Loving’ below.