The song has been recorded by Grand Funk Railroad and over 60 different musicians including Huey Lewis, Joss Stone, Edwin McCain, and a duet by Buddy Guy & Paul Rodgers.
The Rochester-based songwriter John Ellison came to the Grand Funk show, on February 1, 2018 show at Del Lago Casino, Waterloo, NY.
After the show, Ellison told the band he started writing the song in his hometown of Rochester, and finished when he and Soul Brothers arrived at the recording studio in Philadelphia in the year 1965.
“It was 4 in the morning, and she was hanging in my arms, and I thought, ‘Damn, she is some kind of morning. She packed a bag of lunch. We were broke, and I thought, ‘I don’t need a whole lot of money…’” and the other lyrics. A local radio personality heard them rehearsing the song, and networked the recording they made that night to Atlantic Records, who offered to release the song.
The band and Ellison’s wife asked him if he remember “the girl,” and he says that he doesn’t. Then he reminded his wife that they have a home because of the song!
“John is a charismatic and sweet, funny man that is a joy to spend time with," grand Funk singer Max Carl said. "And it was great to see Don (Brewer) light up while telling his story of his amazing tune. It's always been one of my favorites and I've sung it many times over the years.”