This song was written by Curtis Mayfield in 1964. It was first recorded by The Impressions and was released as a single in 1965. The B-side was I’ve Been Trying. The single reached number fourteen on the Billboard chart and number three on the R&B chart. The song has also been recorded by The Everly Brothers, The Walker Brothers, and Aretha Franklin. John Lennon played part of the song on a home recording from 1970. The song influenced Paul McCartney’s song Anyway for his 2005 album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.
Now Hear This : Anyway – Paul McCartney (2005)