This top five R&B hit was cowritten by Smith and his producer Johnny Vincent. Although a huge R&B hit, it only made it to the #53 spot on the Hot 100. Although it is one of Smith’s best known recordings and a million seller, it was not his biggest hit. That was “Don’t Just Know It” that was released in 1958.
Johnny Rivers’ Later Version
In 1972, Johnny Rivers recorded a version that shows the influence of Huey Smith and the music of New Orleans. It was Rivers’ fifth most popular single and charted at #6.
Larry Knechtel, who was a session musician and member of Bread, rocks out on the Huey Smith inspired piano licks on this rendition.