Taken from their self-titled album and released in late 1958, the single reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was also a top five hit on the 1959 R&B chart. Highlighted by lead singer Jimmy Beaumont's powerful vocals, and the counterpoint between his falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano, on her final chorus, the song is considered by many, including oldies fans, one of the best "heartbreak" ballads ever recorded; it is a classic of pre-Beatlesrock and roll.
In the UK, Art Garfunkel reached #38, in July 1979.
Don McLean's version, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981, is the cover version to come closest to the success of the Skyliners' original in the USA.
In 1994, the song was incorporated into the first Broadway revival of Grease as a solo for Sandy, near the end of the first act, and sung by Susan Wood. Subsequent versions of the musical have not included the song.