"Lookin' for a Love" was originally a 1962 Top Ten R&B/pop-charting hit for the Valentinos on Sam Cooke's SAR label. Cooke and the song's co-writers, J.W. Alexander and Zelda Samuels, based the song's structure on the melodic motif found in some gospel songs. The J. Geils Band's cover was a 1971 Top 40 hit. During a 1973 recording session, Womack decided to use "Lookin' for a Love" as a warm-up song to loosen up his vocal chords. He recorded the take with no intentions of having it released. When friends spurred him with exclamations of "that's a hit!," he decided to finish and release the track. Produced by Bobby Womack, "Lookin' for a Love" laid at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number eight pop in the spring of 1974. The enjoyable Lookin' for a Love Again LP made it to number five R&B, number 85 pop, and including the Top Five R&B/number 59 pop single "You're Welcome, Stop on By." The song was also a tasty, popular radio-aired cover by Rufus on their 1975 gold LP Rufusized.