This was originally recorded by The Gladiolas, a black vocal group from rural Lancaster, South Carolina. After coming up with the song, they scrimped up enough money to record it in Nashville at the end of 1956. Early in 1957, it was released on the Excello label as their first single, going to #11 on the R&B charts. The song took off when it was covered later that year by The Diamonds, a white group from Canada that had a hit with the Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers song "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
" the previous year.
The Gladiolas later changed their name to Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. In 1960, they topped the Hot 100 with "Stay