The best-known version of the song was recorded that year by Pat Boone. Another recording by The Four Aces followed Boone's in 1956 and reached number 45 peak position on Billboard's pop music chart.
The title is an obvious play on words, since the film centers on a Quaker family, a religion known as the "Society Of Friends". Thus, they are said to be of the "Friendly" persuasion. Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album Soft and Beautiful (1969). The song was recently (2013) used in the BBC television production "Call the Midwife".