Little Anthony & the Imperials sang that they wanted to be back on the inside, and with "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," they came back in from the cold. The doo wop group had achieved instant fame in 1958 with the Top Ten hit "Tears on My Pillow," put five more singles in the charts through 1960, and then fell off the map. They made it back four years later by pacting with DCP Records, conductor/arranger Don Costa's custom label distributed by United Artists, whose A&R man was songwriter Terry Randazzo. Randazzo and his songwriting partner Bobby Weinstein came up with "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," a wonderful update of the doo wop sound that gave Little Anthony a chance to put some more tears on that pillow of his. In addition to the heartbreaking lead vocal, there were some interesting parts for the backup singers and such dramatic effects as the full stops that precede sections of the song and give it greater dramatic weight. "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)" brought Little Anthony & the Imperials back into the pop Top 20 and the R&B Top Ten. As it turned out, good as the song was, it was only window dressing for "Goin' Out of My Head," the timeless standard that Randazzo and Weinstein came up with for the group next. There weren't many covers of "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)," though a notable one is the Miracles' version on their 1967 Make It Happen album. For a group that had put out a very similar release in 1965 with "Ooh Baby Baby," it was a near-admission of their debt and, through the royalties to Randazzo and Weinstein, at least a minor payback.