By 1967, Fame Studios and their stable of musicians had a great reputation, with hits by Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to their credit. Etta James was signed to Chess Records in Chicago, but she made the trip to Muscle Shoals where she recorded this song with the local musicians, including Barry Beckett (organ), Junior Lowe (guitar), David Hood (bass), Roger Hawkins (drums) and Spooner Oldham
In a Songfacts interview with David Hood
, he explained: "Leonard and Phil Chess knew that Etta was a great talent. They wanted her to record where there was a chance of getting a hit, but also where she would be isolated from a lot of the temptations and distractions that go on in Chicago or New York or somewhere. So they brought her down to Fame with Rick Hall. I believe Rick is the producer listed on those sessions. I think Phil and Leonard Chess both came at different times, because there were several sessions.
We didn't know it at the time, but Etta was pregnant. I just thought she was fat. Very light skinned with a pretty face. And a wonderful singer, really great singer. Even her hair was kind of a blonde color, obviously it was an unnatural color.
She was not that much older than any of us, but she seemed older because she had been around. She had been a professional since she was about 14 or 15 years old, working with Johnny Otis and different people in Chicago and California. So she seemed much more worldly than her age."