Pop Rock Music
The song was written by songwriter and record producer Scott English and songwriter/musician Larry Weiss. The Outsiders recorded it fist, and it was track on their 1966 album The Outsiders In. The cover by the group The American Breed had charting success with the song in 1967. It went to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 early in 1968. It also rose to #7 in Canada and #5 in the U.S.
There have been other covers of the song, including versions by The Models, Amen Corner, Storm, and Donna McElroy. The song was featured in the 1997 film Wild America. It has also been used in a number of TV commercials. This includes Flexon eyeglass frames, Mercedes-Benz station wagons, Gap Stretch Jeans, and Select Comfort’s Sleep Number mattress.
The American Breed formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1962 and were called Gary & The Knight Lites. The original members were Gary Liozzo (vocals), Charles Colbert, Jr., (bass guitar and vocals, Al Ciner (guitar and vocals), and Lee Graziano (drums, trumpet and vocals). They also had charting success with “Step Out of Your Mind” and “Green Light.” They disbanded in 1970 and some members morphed into Rufus, which featured Chaka Khan.