The song was originally written for Labelle (a trio led by Patti LaBelle) but they never recorded it. After some revisions, the song was offered to The Dells but they also never recorded it. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes signed to Gamble & Huff's own Philadelphia International label in 1971 and they did record the song, with the late Teddy Pendergrass as lead vocalist. In addition to the single release, the song was included on their eponymous debut album. Patti LaBelle made the song part of her concert repertoire in 1982. A live version appears on her 1985 album, Patti.