Chart Position: 1

  • #5 bestseller for 1966
  • #210 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Rudy Martinez
  • Lead vocals: Rudy Martinez
  • Guitar: Bobby Balderrama, Bobby Borjas
  • Keyboards: Frank Rodriguez
  • Produced by Chad Cunningham
  • Recorded in Bay City MI
  • This song was recorded in the living room of the bands’ manager
  • The song was originally titled Too Many Heartaches
  • ? was revealed to be Rudy Martinez after this song became a hit
  • All members of ? and the Mysterians are Mexican-American
  • This is ? and the Mysterians’ only #1 single
  • ? and the Mysterians are from Bay City MI
  • Later recorded by Music Machine (1966), Senator Bobby and the Questions (1967), Big Maybelle (1967), Aretha Franklin (1967), Foundations (1967), Englishmen (1967), Uniques (1967), Fire Escape (1967), Music Explosion (1967), Jimmy Ruffin (1969), Ola and Janglers (1970), Eddie and Hot Rods (1976), Gladys Pink (1978), R. Stevie Moore (1978), Thelma Houston (1981), Garland Jeffreys (1981), Incredible Casuals (1983), Paul Revere and Raiders (1983), Inspiral Carpets (1988), Legal Weapon (1991), Iggy Pop (1995), Primal Scream (1997), Suicide (1998), Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1998), Wicked Farleys (1999), Tom Tom Club (2002), Doug Spartz (2006), Fuzztones (2013), Doughboys (2019) and many others

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