Joe Billingslea of The Contours told Mojo
magazine February 2009 the story of this song: "We had just left the record hop and we turned at the studio. The doors were always open in those days. Berry was down there at the piano and he said 'I want you to try this song I'm writing.' He told us how he wanted the backgrounds to go and we sang it. 'Try it again, I didn't quite like it,' he said. After about the third time he said, 'That's not right. I think I'll give it to The Temptations instead.' I told him not to. We did it again and he said, 'That's exactly how I want it. Come in tomorrow morning, we're going to record it.' So we did.
I didn't like the song. It reminded me of 'Twist And Shout
.' I said: 'This song ain't gonna do nothin', man.' That same week it was released and the following week it made the charts. I turned around and said: I love that song! Did I change my opinion? Of course! We realized later that The Temptations could never have sung that song because it wasn't suited to them but Berry had motivated us to sing it the way he wanted it."