Part of this song was written by a postman who helped Dobbins complete the lyrics. His name was Freddie Gorman and his mail route included Brewster public housing where members of The Supremes lived. Gorman also sang with Motown group The Originals. He passed away in 2006. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=25
Lots of covers of this song...what they miss? This one is about as simple R&B as you can get. Listen to the call and response....Gospel influence you won't find in the other covers. You find out what you miss when you hear the slicker versions...
This was #1 US hit for The Carpenters, who covered this on their 1975 album Horizon. It was their biggest hit ever worldwide, reaching # 1 in the US, Australia, Germany, Japan and several other countries, as well as reaching # 2 in the UK and Canada. It featured Karen Carpenter on drums and a guitar solo by Tony Peluso
(Ed. Note: And, of course there's the Beatles version....)
Well, the way things are going ,and things are a'changing , in ageneration or two this song will have become meaningless to the then youngsters. Or, at best, historical. But will still be good to listen to.