An R&B ballad, it was the third track from The Stylistics' 1971 debut self-titled album and was released as a single in 1972 and reached #3 on the U.S.BillboardHot 100chart.Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 song for 1972. In addition, it also climbed to #2 in the BillboardR&B chart and reached number #13 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1972. The Stylistics' recording sold over one million copies globally, earning the band a gold disc The award was presented by the RIAA on April 17, 1972. It was the band's second gold disc. There are two mixes of the song—the 3:17 version released as a single is the one most familiar to listeners, while the 3:48 album version has an instrumental break prior to the song's finale.
Another cover version was released by Prince (his stage name at that time being a symbol with no known pronunciation, see cover art) on his 1996 albumEmancipation. Prince had stated that he always wanted to release a cover version but his record company, Warner Bros. Records, had not permitted it. The CD single was released in two formats in the UK, one with a picture sleeve and one with an orange cardboard sleeve that included a picture disc and a mini-poster. The song was also issued on cassette. All versions of the single had "Right Back Here In My Arms" as the B-side. Both tracks were the album version. The track was released as a promotional single in the U.S., a music video was also produced.
The song was released on Mayte Garcia's (Prince's then-wife) 23rd birthday. Garcia also appeared in the video playing herself, in the doctor's office, later to reveal Prince walking into the room revealing she is pregnant with their first child. One of the backgrounds of the video is Prince's own Paisley Park Studios. It charted fairly well in the U.S., based on airplay figures (in the U.S. promotional singles were not allowed to chart until late 1998) and almost made the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.