The R&B/pop singer Bobby Day originally recorded this song in 1958
. His version also peaked at #2 in the US. Major irony: Bobby Day's real name is Robert Byrd.
Bobby Day had a soulful Pop sound that suited a young Michael Jackson, who recorded this as just his second single as a solo artist, scoring a huge hit with the song. With the Jackson Five, Michael also scored with another Bobby Day song in 1972: "Little Bitty Pretty One," which went to #1 in the US.