"Needles and Pins" is a song by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono.The song's original was recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963 and peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in May of that year. The Searchers heard British performer Cliff Bennett perform "Needles and Pins" at a club in Hamburg, Germany, and instantly wanted it to be their next single. Soon after, in 1964, "Needles and Pins" appeared on the Searchers' next album," It's Fab! It's Gear! It's The Searchers". It peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in America and was number one in the United Kingdom.
Various other artists have recorded the song "Needles and Pins", including Willy DeVille , Crack The Sky , Smokie, the Ramones (on their Road to Ruin album) as well as the Swedish national rock-band Ultima Thule.
Later in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks, recorded a live version of "Needles and Pins" for Pack up the Plantation: Live! which entered the top 40.
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