Capital Radio 4-1: April Fools Edition

The new month brings songs of April, from Deep Purple to Simon & Garfunkel. Then April Fool’s Day songs from Patti Smith to Rufus Wainwright. Then all manner of songs about foolishness in general; 25 in all, from Elvis P. to Elvis C.,Bobby Fuller to Bryan Ferry, including  two different songs titled “Fool Killer,” and two from Ricky Nelson.

As for birthdays, we celebrate Ronnie Lane on what would have been his 78th birthday. Also noted the birthdays of Mark White from ABC, turning 63, as well as Amos Milburn, born this day in 1927, Alberta Hunter (1895), Debbie Reynolds (1932) and Gil Scott-Heron (1948). 

Here’s the setlist:  

Capital Radio April 1, 2024 1 – 4:30 p.m.

“Capital Radio Two,” The Clash

“April,” Deep Purple

“April Love,” Pat Boone 

“April,” Beach Bunny 

“April Come She Will,” Simon & Garfunkel 

“April Skies,” The Jesus and Mary Chain

“April,” Wolf People 

“I’ll Remember April,” Bobby Darin 

“April’s Song,” Real Estate 

“April After All,” Ron Sexsmith 

“Tommy’s Coming Home,” Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello 

“April Fool,” Patti Smith 

“April Fools [live],” Aretha Franklin 

“April Fool’s Day Morn [live],” Loudon Wainwright III 

“April Fools,” Rufus Wainwright 

“April’s Fool,” The MerryMakers

“(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I,” Elvis Presley

“I’m a Fool to Care,” Ricky Nelson

“Fool Killer,” Gene Pitney 

‘Fool Killer,” The Brian Auger Trinity

“A Real Live Fool,” Lee Hazlewood

“Fool to Cry,” The Rolling Stones 

“I Pity the Fool,” Bobby Blue Bland

“Everybody Plays the Fool,” The Main Ingredient 

“I’m a Fool to Want You,” Bob Dylan  

“What the Lord Hath Wrought (Any Fool Can Knock Down),” Robbie Fulks

“Doin’ What Comes Easy to a Fool,” Junior Brown 

“Poor Little Fool,” Ricky Nelson

“Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things),” Martha Reeves & the Vandellas

“Foolish Fool,” Dee Dee Warwick

“Love’s Made a Fool of You,” The Bobby Fuller Four 

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers 

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Bryan Ferry 

“The Fool,” Sanford Clark

“You Little Fool,” Elvis Costello 

“Chain of Fools,” Aretha Franklin 

“She’s a Fool,” Lesley Gore 

“These Foolish Things,” Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra

“Fool’s Gold,” Graham Parker & The Rumour

“Foolishness,” Lucinda Williams

“Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who

“Itchycoo Park,” Small Faces 

“Ooh La La,” Faces 

“Debris,” Faces 

“The Look of Love,” ABC

“Chicken Shack Boogie,” Amos Milburn 

“Daddy’s Got a Brand New Way to Love,” Alberta Hunter

“You Are My Lucky Star,” Debbie Reynolds 

“Message to the Messengers,” Gil Scott-Heron 

Capital Radio returns live for a special Eclipse Day show April 8 at 1 p.m. EDT on Also available on the free app, available at iTunes or GooglePlay.