Jackie DeShannon recorded the original
in 1963 on Liberty Records, but her version stalled at #84 on the Hot 100. In a Songfacts interview with DeShannon
, she explained why her recording didn't hit. "There were a lot of issues with the record company, a lot of marketing things I wasn't happy with," she said. "For instance, 'Needles And Pins' was Top 5 in Detroit, Top 5 in Chicago, and Top 5 in every city it was played in. However, unless you're coordinated across the country and the song hits the charts at the same time, you can't get the big leaps. My record didn't have that, because it would be going down in Chicago while it was going up in some other city. So that was a problem."