This song was
written by Arthur Alexander from Sheffield, Alabama, in 1961 and recorded
at the FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1962 with the co-founders
Norbert Putnam and David Briggs both performing on it. The song was
released in 1962 by Dot Records which were based in Nashville,
and became a No.24 chart hit in the United States. The
accompanying album which had the same name was also released in 1962.
noticed quickly, Bobby Vee also recorded it
in 1962 for his album A Bobby Vee Recording
Just a year
later and it was catching the attention of other groups. The Rolling
Stones recorded it in 1963 for inclusion on their 1964 The Rolling
Stones EP. The EP reached No. 1 in the UK and the song was one of the
tracks on their American album December's Children (and
Everybody's) released in 1965.
At almost the
same time in 1963 The Hollies also recorded it and included it on their UK debut
album Stay With The Hollies which was released in January.
This album was then released in the United States in June of that
year using the title Here I Go Again.
Also in 1964
the song was recorded by another British group, The Roadrunners at the
Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany for their self titled
album and a year later the Bill Black Combo included it on their album More
Solid & Raunchy.
five years later and the country singer Billy "Crash Craddock"
recorded his take on it in 1970, using it as the title track of his album,
and took it to the US Country chart Top 10. The original album was
recorded on the Cartwheel label and reached No. 37 on the US Country album
chart and was re-released in 1973 by ABC Records.
Next it was
the turn of Johnny Rivers who recorded it as a track for this 1975 release New Lovers and Old Friends. The
album just managed to scratch the surface of the Billboard Album chart
reaching No. 144.
We get to
1980 and it was turned into a duet by George Jones and Johnny Paycheck who
recorded for the only album they made together called Double Trouble.
They released it as a single, which reached No. 18 on the US country chart and 25 on the
Canadian country chart.
year in 1981 it was recorded by the rock group Mink Deville and included on
their album Coup de Grace. The group's leading man Willy DeVille later added to his 2001 solo album Love
& Emotion: Atlantic Years.
years there have been several other recordings made including the Dean
Martin 7-Disc compilation Lay Some Happiness On Me: The Reprise Years released
in 2001 and The Moody Blues 3-Disc CD/DVD collection called The Moody
Blues: Classic Artists released in 2006 and the 2009 double disc set by
Dave Berry called This Strange Effect: The Decca Sessions 1963-1966.
that have recorded the song include The Boys, The Byrds,
Ian Gillan, Levon Helm,
The Leaves, Alan Merrill, Katy Moffatt and Sugar