Written by Robert Riley Recorded on June 4, 1955, on Dot records #15370
Like their #1 hit Hearts of Stone in 1954 and Eddie My Love in 1956, Rollin’ Stone was one of several R&B ‘cover recordings’ that the Fontane Sisters released at Dot in the mid fifties. The mambo-rocking Rollin’ Stone was originally recorded by the Marigolds with lead singer, Tennessee State Penitentiary inmate, Johnny Bragg and written by fellow prison inmate Robert Riley. In their version of Rollin' Stone, the wholesome, unthreatening Fontane Sisters, warn the guy in the song that while he enjoys moving from one girl to another, he’ll pay for being nothing more than a rolling stone one day when he’s all alone. The Marigolds recorded the song in the early fifties and the Fontane Sisters released their single in 1955, just months after Hearts of Stone, but none of the versions made the top-ten. While the practice of ‘cover’ recordings remains controversial this rarely heard recording is an interesting example.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"rollin' stone, just a rollin' stone one day you'll be all alone"