Dusty Springfield gave an acclaimed performance of "I Don't Want To Go On Without You" on show 4 of her first television series Dusty on 8 September 1966. It has been praised as a highlight of her well-received first series. The performance was included on the Dusty Springfield DVD release Live at the BBC on 8 October 2007.
Originally intended to be the A-side to "Under the Boardwalk," the song was recorded in May 1964 under the direction of songwriter and producer Bert Berns. After the death of The Drifters' lead singer, Rudy Lewis, who unexpectedly died of a heroin overdose the night before, the song was led by longtime Drifters tenorCharlie Thomas.