Composed and first recorded by American song-writer and singer Sam Cooke. The song reached No.1 on the Billboard R&B Chart and No.9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the USA. It peaked at No.6 in the UK. Genre: Rhythm and Blues. The singer died in 1964, aged 33, from a gunshot wound. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, USA. British singer Rod Stewart released his first version of the song in 1973, with another version released in 1987 for the soundtrack of the film Innerspace. Genre: Rock and Roll.