I had a memory yesterday of walking into the Woolworth’s five and dime in Smithtown, my home town, and hearing this song on the radio for the first time. It was as memorable as JFK being shot in that way. But then I tried to imagine whether what I heard was the Gladys Knight and the Pips version (that would be September 1967), which peaked at No. 2, or the Marvin Gaye version, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in October of 1968, and I wasn’t sure. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Creedence Clearwater version, which I remember as a big hit, but which topped out No. 43 in 1970. And was 11 minutes long.
What’s for sure is it wasn’t the Slits’ version, which was the B side of their first single, Typical Girls, in 1979.