This song was originally recorded by Johnny Otis in 1952. Knight recorded it for local label Huntom Records, then had singles on two other labels sink without a trace before having their fortunes change in a most unusual way. With Dave "Baby" Cortez, who had a #1 hit with "The Happy Organ
" in 1959 playing on organ, they re-recorded "Every Beat of My Heart" for Fury Records. As the new version, credited to "Gladys Knight & The Pips," started climbing the charts, Vee Jay Records bought the original from Huntom and issued it credited to "Pips." Eventually, the original Vee Jay single hit #6 as the newer Fury single stalled at #45.