The song was also a major hit in both the Netherlands, where it reached number two and Ireland, where it reached number three.
The song begins with a loud drum roll, an idea possibly taken from the Young Rascals song "Baby Let's Wait".
According to Kay Marriott, Steve's mother, Steve wrote this song about his split with ex-fiancee Sue Oliver, though first wife Jenny Rylance states that Marriott told her he wrote the song for her as a result of her split with Rod Stewart. Both statements are said to be correct.
The song appeared in the soundtrack for the 2010 film Made in Dagenham. Nigel Cole's film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at Ford Dagenham, where female workers protested against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay.
The song is used as the theme tune (over the opening credits) on the 2012 BBC UK TV series The Syndicate about a group of lottery winners.
|Preceded by||UK number-one single
15 September 1966 (1 week)