“Needles and Pins” is a song written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. In his autobiography, Bono states that he sang along with Nitzsche’s guitar-playing, thus creating both the tune and the lyrics, being guided by the chord progressions.
The song was originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963. Other versions of the song were recorded by The Searchers, Cher, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks, Willie DeVille, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Smokie, the Turtles, Ultima Thule, and the Ramones. It was a number 1 hit in France when recorded in French by Petula Clark entitled ‘La Nuit N’en finit Plus.’
I was particularly disappointed by Cher’s version; my favorites include Jackie DeShannon’s and The Searchers’ versions. Yet for my money, I especially like the version below recorded in 1977.
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