This song was written by the songwriting team of Jo Armstead, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Recording as Valerie & Nick, Ashford and Simpson's biggest chart success was "I'll Find You," which hit #117 in 1964. Turning their focus to writing for other artists, they joined Scepter/Wand Records as staff songwriters, and had minor hits for Doris Troy ("Please Little Angel") and Maxine Brown ("One Step At A Time" - written with Armstead) before scoring their first Top-40 when Ray Charles recorded their song "Let's Go Get Stoned."
After a fruitless day of writing, Ashford declared, "Let's go get stoned," meaning, "Let's go get a drink." The next day, they wrote a song based on that title, and it was recorded by both Ray Charles and The Coasters.
Ray's version was the hit, going to #1 on the R&B charts and giving a huge boost to Ashford and Simpson, who would go on to write "Ain't No Mountain High Enough
," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
" and "I'm Every Woman