This Goffin - King masterpiece was first charted as a #1 hit by the Shirelles in 1961. Since then it's been remade a few times - by Carole herself, the Bee Gees, Roberta Flack, Laura Branigan, Cher, Melanie, Dusty Springfield, Joe Walsh, Bryan Ferry, Neil Diamond, Shawn Colvin, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to name a few.
But the best remake in my view is Dave Mason's rendition from his underrated and out of distribution 1978 album "Mariposa de Oro."
Late 70s purists will hate it; it's one of the last of the great "Wall of Sound" hits before the New Wavers brought rock back to the basics.
However for those who appreciate the New Romantic sounds of the 1980s, this lovely recording is a must. It's got it all: 12 string guitar melding into silky strings, electric organ, doo-wop harmonies, Mason's straightforward vocal, a superb electric guitar solo, and a brilliant conclusion where the famous question is repeated a couple of times and then morphs into a bittersweet minor key. This great song by a great artist is available on "Dave Mason's Greatest Hits" and is well worth a listen.
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