Early covers by British artists included versions by Alan Price Set (on the 1966 album Price To Play and The Tremeloes (Here Comes The Tremeloes the following year). Comedian and singer Kenny Lynch put his version on the B-side of his single In Old Kentucky (Columbia DB8703; release date: 24 July 1970) and Bryan Ferry included it on his album of covers These Foolish Things (1973 – it was also selected as one of the three tracks to be included on the album sampler that was sent to DJs and the press for review purposes). There were then the following attempts from Brits to have a hit with the song:
Birmingham-based band whose producer, Nick Tauber, later worked with Toyah on a couple of her early-80s albums.
British singer born in Glasgow in 1949 and who would have several hits starting the year after this single was issued.
Kiki and Elton had a #1 in 1976 with their duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart and five years later, they were together again for this contribution to Kiki’s album Perfect Timing. It almost gave them another hit: but not quite. It peaked at #90.
Nick Kamen succeeded where all these others failed. In fact, in chart terms his version was the most popular: it made #16, five places higher than The Four Tops reached 21 years earlier.
NEW SINGLES on sale from Feb. 16
A-HA Manhattan Skyline (Warner Bros W8405)
BEASTIE BOYS (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) (Def Jam 6504187)
The CULT Love Removal Machine (Beggars Banquet BEG182)
EURYTHMICS Missionary Man (RCA DA10)
Debbie HARRY Free To Fall (Chrysalis CHS3093)
Billy IDOL Don’t Need A Gun (Chrysalis IDOL9)
Nick KAMEN Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (WEA YZ106)