Lead singer Cal Gill said in Mojo magazine February 2009: "We couldn't wait to record it. It sounded so good when we heard the demo. We'd all experienced boys hitting on girls, so we were more than aware of what we were singing about."
This was covered by The Marvelettes on their 1967 self-titled album. In 1982 Bananarama reached #5 in the UK with their version, titled "Really Saying Something," which they recorded with the Fun Boy Three.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."