This was originally recorded by Brian Hyland in 1963, and released as the B-side of his single "I'm Afraid To Go Home." Hyland worked with producer Snuff Garrett, who also produced Gary Lewis & the Playboys. The group had two hits under their belt: "This Diamond Ring
" and "Count Me In
," so Garrett revived this song for their third single.
Lewis told Songfacts
: "'Save Your Heart For Me' was originally put out by Brian Hyland, and it went nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. Did just nothing. So Snuffy said, 'I want to try this one again. You've had two big hits now, I want to try that one again, slowing it down. Change the pace.'"