Chart Position: 4

  • #374 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Alex North and Hy Zaret
  • Originally recorded by Todd Duncan (1955) for the film Unchained
  • Lead vocals: Bobby Hatfield
  • Keyboards: Bill Medley
  • Produced by Bill Medley (although credited to Phil Spector)
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Bobby Hatfield won a coin toss with Bill Medley for the right to sing the lead vocal
  • The original ‘a’ side ‘Hung on You’ (1965) was intended as the single but DJs started playing the flip side instead
  • This is one of the most recorded popular songs in history with over 437 recordings by artists including  Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra (1955), Roy Hamilton (1955), Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (1955), Cab Calloway (1955), Eddy Arnold (1955), Dick James (1955), Crew-Cuts (1955), Harry Belafonte (1956), Jimmie Rodgers (1958), Rick Nelson (1958), Teddy Bears (1959), Frank Ifield (1959), Pat Boone (1959), Sam Cooke (1960), Blackwells (1960), Andy Williams (1959), Fleetwoods (1959), Steve Alaimo (1961), Marty Robbins (1961), Cliff Richard and Shadows (1961), Anita Bryant (1961), Conway Twitty (1962), Lettermen (1962), Arthur Prysock (1962), Dick & DeeDee (1962), Brenda Holloway (1964), Matt Monro (1964), Bobby Vinton (1964), Jerry Vale (1964), Tony Sheridan and Beat Brothers (1964), Dionne Warwick (1965), Gene Pitney (1965), Sonny and Cher (1965), Johnny Mann Singers (1965), Supremes (1966), Lena Horne (1966), Wailers (1966), Patti LaBelle and Bluebelles (1966), Gloria Lynne (1967), Al Martino (1967), Golden Cups (1968), Sweet Inspirations (1968), Roy Clark (1970), Roy Orbison (1969), Charlie Rich (1970), Platters (1969), Waylon Jennings (1970), La Lupe (1970), Blue Haze (1972), Al Green (1974), Donny Osmond (1973), Joe Stampley (1974), Elvis Presley (1977), Stylistics (1976), David Houston (1977), Willie Nelson (1978), Clive Bruce (1978), George Benson (1979), Gerry & Pacemakers (1981), Joni Mitchell (1982), Roger Whittaker (1982), Manhattan Transfer (1984), David Allan Coe (1985), Lou Rawls (1987), Leo Sayer (1985), Drifters (1987), U2 (1989), Ronnie McDowell (1991), Dread Zeppelin (1993), Brenda Cochrane (1991), Big Daddy (1991), Cosmo Alpha (1994), Perry Como (1993), Engelbert Humperdinck (1995), Sarah McLachlan (1996), Melanie (1996), Kenny Rogers (1996), LeAnn Rimes (1997), Patti Page (1998), Neil Diamond (1998), Foggy Mountain Rockers (1999), Natalie Powers (2002), Hubbas (2002), Cyndi Lauper (2003), Jim Reeder (2003), Bono & The Edge (2004),  John Cowan (2005), Barry Manilow (2006), Lisa Crouch (2007), Asher Quinn (2007), David Phelps (2008), Teddy Rune (2009), Clay Aiken (2010), David Burnham (2011), Gregorian (2012), John Lloyd Young (2014), Delvin Choice (2014), Human Nature (2014), Norah Jones (2017) and many, many others

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