Chart Position: 1

  • #10 bestseller for 1968
  • #265 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written by Archie Bell and Billy Butler
  • Lead vocals: Archie Bell
  • Instruments: T.S.U. Tornadoes
  • Backing vocals: James Wise, Willie Parnell and Billy Butler
  • Recorded in Houston TX
  • Archie Bell and the Drells are from Houston TX
  • This is Archie Bell & the Drells’ only #1 single
  • By the time this song started climbing the national charts, Archie Bell was a U.S. Army soldier serving in Vietnam
  • Later recorded by Classmates (1968), Benny Gordon & Soul Brothers (1968), Majestics (1968), Hollywood Youngsters (1968), Ripple Blast Singers (1969), Al Escobar & His Orchestra (1969), Yellow Magic Orchestra (1980), R.E.M. (1985), Moonflowers (1992), Maceo Parker (1993), Taylor Hicks (1997), Steve Wynn (1998), Scooters (2003), Bamboos (2004), Yo La Tengo (2006) and Pepe Marquez (2010)

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