Band of Gold. Freda Payne.

I remember buying this record back in 1970 on the Holland-Dozier-Holland label, Invictus Records. Freda initially turned down the song, saying it was more suited to a teenage vocalist, she didn’t like or understand the lyric. Ron Dunbar co-writer of the song told her ‘You don’t have to like the lyric, learn it and just sing it.’ Freda eventually did, it became a Number 3 record in the U.S.A.,  a six week Number 1 in the U.K. and her  biggest ever record. Good decision.