It was later covered by Michael Bolton in 1991, whose version also reached number one on the U.S. pop and adult contemporary singles charts .
The song has also been recorded by Jerry Butler, Art Garfunkel, Luba, and the Spencer Davis Group.
Sledge’s version was also a top ten hit in the UK peaking at number four on its initial release and peaking at number two in 1987 after it was featured in a Levi’s Jeans advert.
I have two copies both of which are clearly re-issues judging by the 501 Levi logo on the sleeve. On the original release the B side was “Love me like you mean it” but on my two copies the B side or side 2 is “Warm and Tender Love” which was the follow-up single. So two A sides for the price of one.
If you need a reminder of how good it was here it is on Youtube.