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It was a hit for O. C. Smith, who recorded it at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals in 1968. His single spent 15 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between June and August 1968, including three weeks at No 2. In the US the single spent 14 weeks on the Billboard chart peaking at No 40.
Previous s releases were by Sanford Clark, and by Johnny Darrell who made it in the Billboard Country Charts to #37. Merle Haggard released a version of this song on his 1968 album Sing Me Back Home. In 1977, the song became much better known in the US because it was included on Kenny Rogers' second solo album Kenny Rogers, which topped the U.S. Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs chart.