Jerry Butler, a popular singer who had hits with "Make It Easy on Yourself
" and "Are You Happy
," wrote this song but didn't record it. The original version was by Al "TNT" Braggs in 1961. His version got little attention, but five years later Otis Redding popularized the song when he included it on his third album, titled The Soul Album
Two other songwriters are listed on the track: Eddie Thomas and Jay Walker. Little is known about them.