The Story Behind The Song: “Nobody Falls Like A Fool”

Earl Thomas Conley
Earl Thomas Conley

Songwriter Peter McCann calls “Nobody Falls Like A Fool” his “transition song.” A Connecticut native, McCann started making records for Detroit’s Motown label in 1971, moving to Los Angeles four years later.

In 1977, McCann achieved national attention, first by penning Jennifer Warnes’ “Right Time Of The Night,” then for his own recording of “Do You Wanna Make Love.” Both hit the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 pop listings, while Warnes’ record even saw some country action (peaking at #17 on Billboard’s country singles chart). At around the same time, three different versions of “Do You Wanna Make Love” dented the Billboard country chart (by Bobby Smith, David Wills and Buck Owens).

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