Northern Soul Music
The song was written by Larry Parks and Jay Turnbow. It became the first and most popular hit for The Newbeats. It features the lead falsetto singing of Larry Henley and a memorable two-chord piano riff. The group used this as a demo for Hickory Records, and then recorded it for the label. In 1964, the single backed with “Tough Little Buggy” on the B-Side, went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox as well as #15 in the U.K. and #8 in Australia.
The Newbeats formed in Shreveport, Louisiana,in 1964. The trio included Larry Henley, Dean Mathis, and Mark Mathis. They dissolved in 1974. They had success with “Run Baby Run (Back Into My Arms” and “Don’t Turn Me Loose” and “Crying My Heart Out Over You.” Henley was a co-songwriter of “The Wind Beneath My Wing”, which was recorded by Bette Middler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches.