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Just over a month earlier on November 11th it entered Billboard's Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #8 and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #6 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
Nineteen years later in 1976 the Beach Boys covered it; and on August 8th, 1976 their version peaked at #5 (for 1 week) on the Top 100 and stayed on the chart for 17 weeks (reached #11 in Canada)...
R.I.P. Dennis (1944-1983) & Carl (1946-1998), Mr. Mitchell, born Albert George Cernik, (1927 - 1999), and Charles Edward Anderson Berry celebrated his 87th birthday two months ago on October 18th.
I have heard the Beach Boys version since posting that comment, and I think I like the other versions better; the Beach Boys version is slower than the Berry and Beatles ones. This isn't to knock the Beach Boys in general however.
P.S. Thank you for describing the Beach Boys version for me.