Fortgang wrote many songs during his three years in the music business after graduating Yale in 1971, but sold only this one (other than several public service radio spots on topics such as alcoholism and VD). He went on to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and still works in the mental health field in the Boston area. The major hit by Stewart arrived after Fortgang was well into his psychology career.
Louise Mandrell recorded a country version of the song in 1985, altering the lyrics to the female perspective and changing the title to "Some Girls Have All the Luck". Mandrell's version peaked at No. 22 on the BillboardHot Country Singles chart in 1986. A music video was filmed for the song.
Kelly Clarkson covered the song for her "All I Ever Wanted Summer Fair Tour". The lyrics were also altered to the female perspective.
Raymond Watts of PIG covered the song as part of his Pig Orchestra project.
Other artists who have recorded this song include Robert Palmer (UK #16 in 1982), whose version had a significantly altered melody and lyrics, and Maxi Priest (UK #12 in 1987), as well as a number of reggae artists, including Junior Tucker, Derrick Harriott, Camera Obscura, Jacob Miller, and The Shakers. After Palmer's death, Rod Stewart began using the Palmer-style arrangement in live concerts.