I only really know Donnie Elbert for his trio of hits in 1972, when he hit the UK charts with versions of Where Did Our Love Go, I Can’t Help Myself and the Northern Soul classic A Little Piece Of Leather. This slow-burning soul number from way back in 1960 is a very different affair – though Donnie’s remarkable falsetto remains in place.
This song is an important piece of pop history. Emile Ford was the first black Briton to sell a millon copies of a single. Almost as historically, it topped the charts on my second birthday.