This song was written by John Hall of the band Orleans
, with lyrics by his wife at the time, Johanna. The Halls were the hit songwriters for Orleans, responsible for "Still The One
" and "Dance With Me
." Johanna wanted to write a doo-wop song, as she was a big fan of tunes like "Duke Of Earl
" and "Oh What A Nite
." The result was not suitable for Orleans, so they had their publisher find it a good home. She pitched it to The Tymes, a Philadelphia vocal group that had a #1 US hit in 1963 with "So Much in Love
and were looking to make a comeback.
The Tymes released the song on their 1974 album Trustmaker
and toured the UK. Their song "You Little Trustmaker" got them back on the charts, going to #12 in America and #18 in the UK. The next single, "Ms. Grace," was surprisingly successful in the UK, going all the way to #1.