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This was one of the first songs written by Laura Nyro, who was 17 when she wrote it. The song was first recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1966. Nyro included it on her first album in 1967 - More Than A New Discovery. Blood, Sweat & Tears covered it in 1969, and their version was the hit. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Nyro never had success recording her own songs, but wrote several hits for other artists, including "Eli's Coming" for Three Dog Night and "Sweet Blindness" for The 5th Dimension. She died of cancer in 1997.
For a few weeks in the fall of 1969, this was one of 3 songs written by Nyro in the US Top 10. The others were "Eli's Coming" by Three Dog Night and "Wedding Bell Blues" by 5th Dimension. (thanks, Harry - Mobile, AL)