Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby) as Performed by Lulu (1969)


Lulu – Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby) (1969)

Born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Glasglow, Scotland,  at age 15 Lulu belted out a raspy cover of The Isley Brother’s “Shout” that started her long and enduring entertainment career in 1964 in the U.K.

In addition to her singing career, Lulu began acting in 1967 in the Sidney Potier British film “To Sir With Love”.  Lulu performed the title song that zoomed to #1 on the U.S. pop chart and #9 on the U.S. R&B chart and brought her to the attention of the American audience.  “Shout” was also then  re-released in the U.S. but it only charted  #96.  This is the song that Lulu will always be remembered for.

But I simply fell in love with Lulu after I heard “Oh Me Oh My”.  Written by Jim Doris and released on the Atco label, this one went to #22 on the U.S. Pop charts (and IMHO it should have been even higher) but only #47 in the U.K. (things that make you go Hmm).  Lulu’s voice had matured and the “rasp” was now in all the right places.  🙂  Even soul brother number one, James Brown, was quoted as saying: “Lulu, you and I were born in the same pool. Honey, you got soul!”

Apparently the soul came through loud and clear when Aretha Franklin heard the cut because she covered the tune herself in 1971 on her “Young, Gifted & Black” LP.

Here is Lulu in a vintage performance video of OMOM. You go blue-eyed soul sister!

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns is still rockin’ today and as gorgeous as ever. I recently saw her on a PBS special singing here signature song, “To Sir With Love”” and here voice sounds better today than it did in the sixties — if you can believe it.  Still performing, check out Lulu’s Official Website for touring information and other news.

As always, I appreciate you taking time to stop in to read and enjoy the music.


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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Excellent choice, Sondon.

    Lulu doesn’t get enough props for what she has accomplished. Like Dusty Springfield, she was born with a little extra Soul in her.

    Alas I will admit, I tend to get choked up, right along with “Sir” in the gymnasium every time I see it.

    Great post.

  2. Thank You Artster,

    I agree with you that Dusty (RIP) gets all the props in the written music history of UK — but Lulu deserves her chapters too. She is a beautiful songbird still going strong.

    As always I appreciate your visits.

  3. I saw Lulu perforn that number on a table. It was great. In fact I’ve still got the film.

    • Nice share Ray. Have you uploaded it to YouTube? I would love to see it.

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