Poor Little Fool is a duet from Fontella Bass and Tina Turner and was released twice. 1964 on Ike’s own Sonja label and 1970 on the Vesuvius label, which was a subsidiary of Pompeii Records. However, Tina only sings on the a-side track and her contribution is limited to the melodical main part of the song: „Poor little fool, why can't you see / This romance will never be“. In this part, she accompanies Fontella in what is basically a close-harmony-duet. It’s also the only recording from the 1960s, where you can hear Tina Turner together with another female singer (apart from the Ikettes). Ike Turner produced the single and also played guitar. „Poor Little Fool“ is a non album track, but was later included on the Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin’ On album in 1969.
Fontella Bass was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 3, 1940 as the daughter of the gospel singer Martha Bass. Her biggest success was the song „Rescue Me,“ which reached #4 on the US pop and #11 in the UK charts in 1965. Fontella died on December 26, 2012 at a St. Louis hospice from complications of a heart attack.
Written by Oliver Sain ● Produced by Ike Turner