"I Made a Fool of Myself
over John Foster Dulles" - Song
performed by a very young Carol Burnett on an
installment of THE JACK PAAR SHOW in August of
1957 that later became a popular novelty record.
of her affection
The song parodied the teenage novelty records
that glorified rock and roll singers. In
particular, the song
told of her infatuation with a politician-namely
the Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles.
lyrics related the tale of how she got herself
thrown into prison-classified as a "threat to
the national security: Top Secret, First Class,
4.0, Double A!"
At the song's conclusion she
stated "I'm not un-American, and I'm not a spy,
but how can I convince the FBI....that I'm
simply on fire with desire for John Foster
John Foster Dulles, the object of her
affection, actually missed the parody
performance but he got to see a repeat of it a
few days later.
When a reporter asked Mr. Dulles
what was going on between him and the
enthusiastic young singer, he coyly remarked, "I
make it a point never to discuss matters of the
heart in public."
The song (words and music by
Ken Welch) was originally performed at the Blue
Angel Nightclub in New York City during July of
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