The song was first popularized in 1974, following its initial 1973 inclusion on an album by disco-funk artist Sylvester, when it was recorded and released by five artists in one year: Frankie Miller, B.J. Thomas, Three Dog Night, James Montgomery and Maria Muldaur.
Later versions of the song were recorded by Levon Helm (1978), Herman Brood (1980) and Toots Thielemans (1993), among others. Toussaint’s own version of his song originally appeared on a compilation called “Live at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 1976,” featuring sets by many of his Crescent City contemporaries. A later version is found on Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade (Hip-O, 2006), a DVD recording of Toussaint’s 2006 performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, performing with Elvis Costello.