Written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh, this death rock ballad was recorded in the US by Ray Peterson on RCA Victor and in the UK by Ricky Valance on EMI-Columbia, both in 1960. Many radio stations banned this and other death rock ballads such as "Last Kiss
" or "Endless Sleep
," fearing they would incite teens to commit suicide. However, it reached #7 on the national record charts in August 1960.