White's friend Peter Sterling Radcliffe started writing this as a country song called "You're My First, You're My Last, My In-Between," but he couldn't get it recorded for 21 years.
When White was down on his luck, Radcliffe stepped up and bought his children toys for Christmas - a kindness White didn't forget when he became famous. So when Radcliffe offered him the song, he didn't hesitate to hear it.
Tony Sepe, another songwriter who was in the room (and whose name ended up on the tune), laughed when he heard the country song with the clip-clop of horses' hooves keeping the rhythm. He was shocked by White's positive reaction. The singer recalled to Billboard: "I said, 'Sterling, that song is a smash.' Tony's face actually changed. I said, 'Sterling, I want you to stay out of my face for the next two or three weeks. When you come back, you're going to be part of a smash.'"
This was used in TV commercials for Black Cherry Vanilla Coke.
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Changing the genre from country to disco, he kept the chord changes and part of Radcliffe's melody but also added his own melody and nearly all new lyrics. "I heard what was inside that song," White explained.
Most of the changes came to him during a rough recording session when it didn't seem like the song was going to pan out. "I went into the studio and made up my own melody all the way through. Half of the words in it I changed right in front of the microphone." When Radcliffe heard the final result, he cried.
This was White's third #1 single on the R&B chart.
This was prominently used on Ally McBeal as John Cage's (Peter MacNicol) personal anthem. White appeared on the season 2 episode "Those Lips, That Hand" to perform the tune as a gift to John from Nelle.
White re-recorded this as a duet with Faith Evans for the soundtrack to Money Talks (1997).
This was also used in these movies:
The Bachelor (1999)
Kiss, Kiss (Bang Bang) (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Date Movie (2006)
Dark Shadows (2012)
In 2005 a version by Howard Brown, a sales ambassador who sang in advertisements for the UK's Halifax Bank, released his version as a charity single after performing it in a commercial. It peaked at #13 in the UK.
What song kept this #2 entry from the #1 spot on the Hot 100? Elton John's version of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
." But in the UK, White surpassed the English singer. His single went to #1 while Elton's topped out at #10.