|The genesis of the song, as described|
in a (c. 1965) concert souvenir
Ray wrote this wonderful song in '64 and the recording was produced - with the band - that same year for the film Ballad In Blue.
The - longer - album version was delivered with strings and choir.
Ballad In Blue 1964:
As concert souvenir programs from the period show, the song was on the playlist of the band between 1966 and 1968.