Other artists to record this include Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Sinead O'Connor and Björk.
One surprising rendition is by Ricky Nelson, who recorded the song in 1958 when he was 18 years old. Nelson was part of a family of entertainers who starred as themselves on the popular TV series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
. Ozzie (Ricky's dad) wouldn't allow his label, Imperial, to release the song, since he knew Ricky had many young fans and he didn't want them to consider suicide.
In our interview with Ricky's son Matthew
, he said: "It's so haunting, and Ozzie said kids will be throwing themselves out of windows because our dad had such an unbelievable impact on popular culture and kids at that point. Ozzie said, 'We can't release this, it's irresponsible. I don't want to censor it, but people will die if this song gets out there.'"
The song finally appeared in 2001 on the compilation Ricky Sings Again