First recorded by The Tremeloes (1970).
Hit versions by Christie, writer (US #23/UK #1/IRE #1/FIN #1/NOR #1/GER #3 1970), The Compton Brothers (C&W #49 1972).
Also recorded by Elton John (1970), R.E.M. (2003).
Also recorded (as “Fat Karlsson”) by Singing Guitars (1971), Mziuri Ensemble (1973).
From the wiki: “Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single early in 1970. However, after the success of their then most recent single, ‘Call Me Number One’, and after considering ‘Yellow River’ too pop-orientated for their future direction, The Tremeloes decided to follow-up with another of their own compositions, ‘By The Way’, which met only with very modest Top 40 success. Producer Mike Smith took their vocals off the recording (leaving behind the instrumental backing track) and added those of Jeff Christie, the songwriter, and releasing the song under the name ‘Christie’.