Rockabilly and country performer Sanford Clark, who had a top 10 hit with “The Fool” in 1956, has died in a Missouri hospital from COVID-19. He was 85.
Clark died Sunday (July 4) at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, where he had been receiving cancer treatment before he contracted the coronavirus, his publicist and fellow performer Johnny Vallis said Monday.
Clark was born on Oct. 24, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Phoenix, where he first began performing in the early 1950s. “The Fool” reached No. 7 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was later recorded by several other well-known artists, including Elvis Presley and The Animals.