This was written by a teenage Sharon Sheeley when she was still attending high school in Newport Beach. It was Sheeley's first hit record and during a time when female songwriters were rare, its success meant she became the first female writer to compose an American #1 without any help from a male partner.
The young songwriter later co-wrote "Somethin' Else
" with Eddie Cochran. When Cochran was killed in a car accident, Sheeley, who was by then his girlfriend, was also involved in the accident but survived, despite badly injuring herself. Sheeley also collaborated with Jackie DeShannon
on hits for artists like Brenda Lee ("Dum Dum" and "Heart In Hand") and Irma Thomas ("Breakaway," which years later became a big hit for Tracey Ullman). Sheeley and DeShannon were the first female writing team to have significant success in the Pop world. She died in 2002 at the age of 62 of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage.