Merry Clayton, a onetime Raelette who can be heard on the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter
," was the first to release this song, issuing it in 1963. Ramona King from the doo-wop group The Fairlanes was the next to release it, but it wasn't until Everett's 1964 cover that the song finally hit.
The song has spanned decades with more successful cover versions. In 1975, Linda Lewis reached #107 US; James Taylor's younger sister, Kate Taylor, hit #49 US in 1977; Cher took it to #33 US in 1991. Her version also hit #1 in the UK.