The most popular version of this pop song, which was written by Harry Noble in 1952, was the version by Mel Carter. The first artist to record it was Karen Chandler in 1962. Carter recorded it in 1965 and it went to #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #2 in Canada. It sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. Over the years, there have been covers of the song by Connie Francis, Bobby Vinton, She and Him, and Gloria Estefan.
Mel Carter was born in 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied singing with legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. Carter recorded on Sam Cooke’s SAR record label and had his first hit in 1962 with “When a Boy Falls in Love.” (The song was co-written by Cooke). He has specialized in pop ballads and has charting success also with “Band of Gold,” “You, You, You,” and “(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings.”