The track was recorded just three days before Redding’s tragic death, and is said to have been inspired by the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The song was a massive success. It was the only of Redding’s songs to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the first posthumous No. 1 single in U.S. history. It sold more than four million copies worldwide and more than eight million airplays.