- I still can't quite identify what is used for the signature percussion gimmick on this song but whatever it is, it's perfect for creating the feeling of stumbling into a fall.
- The xylophone portrays the singer's emotional unravelling as he struggles to grasp the reality of love lost.
- The back-up singers were utilized in an unusual way on this record (at least up to this point in early soul) providing a foundational layer of unnerving drama. Instead of doing a call and response, they're humming quietly and eerily in the background with the occasional louder punching "AH!"
It's no surprise that Teacho Wiltshire is involved with this masterpiece. He was the arranger on a lot of my favorite soul records:
The Exciters (Do Wah Ditty, Tell Him, There They Go)
Inez & Charlie Foxx (Baby Drop A Dime)
Isley Brothers (Twist & Shout)
The Lullabyes (You Touch Me)
The Shirelles (What Does a Girl Do)
Solomon Burke (The Price)
Tommy Hunt (I Am A Witness)
The Coasters (Wild One)
Baby Jane & the Rock-A-Byes(Half Deserted Street)
What IS surprising though is how little known he is when considering his contributions to early soul. Also surprising is that this record did not chart on the R&B charts. It's part of what I call the great Chuck Jackson break-up trilogy:
"I Wake Up Crying"
"I Keep Forgettin'"
"Two Stupid Feet"
and the bonus vindication song "Beg Me"
Everyone has their go-to singer for break-up music. Chuck Jackson has been my chosen soundtrack to heartbreak and recovery for over twenty years. Thanks for the memories!