This was written by the songwriter Daniel Moore, who had written hits for Three Dog Night ("Shambala
) and B.W. Stevenson ("My Maria
). The song is about a woman who does the singer wrong, but the title came from a street: Yolanda Avenue in Reseda, California. Moore told us: "99% of my songs are written for myself. 'Yolanda' is one of those. I was signed to ABC Dunhill in the early '70s as a staff songwriter and lived in Northridge, California at the time. One of the cities next door is Reseda. I noticed a street sign in Reseda named Yolanda, while visiting a friend there. That night I went back home and wrote the song. A few days later I recorded it and submitted it to my publisher. They set up a meeting between me and Bobby 'Blue' Bland because he had just signed up with their recording label. I was totally familiar with his work and was really impressed with the man himself when I met him. We went over the song a few times and he seemed to like it. A few weeks later he recorded it and blessed me with some great singing. To my knowledge, 'Yolanda' made it to the top 10 soul singles at the time. I just let my imagination loose and made up the whole thing. That's what writing is all about. You just make it up."