Jackie Ross' "The Selfish One" has a light, swinging, finger-snapping-inducing feel that characterizes such early Motown sides as Mary Wells' "My Guy." The St. Louis native began singing as a tot on her parents' gospel radio program. After her father died in 1954, at age eight Ross and her mother moved to Chicago. Sam Cooke was a friend of her mother and recorded a single, "Hard Times," on his SAR label. Ross sang gospel around Chicago while entering talent contests. While singing with Syl Johnson's band, she was discovered by WVON radio DJ Bill "Doc" Lee. WVON was owned by Leonard Chess of Chess Records. Lee introduced Ross to Chess, who teamed the singer with two songwriters, Carl Smith and Wilfred McKinley. "The Selfish One" went to number 11 R&B in the summer of 1964 while receiving some airplay on pop stations. Its follow-ups included a cover of the Evie Sands hit "Take Me for a Little While" and "We Can Do It." Ross exited Chess due to a royalties dispute. She recorded other sides for Brunswick, Mercury, and Jerry Butler's Fountain Productions label among others. The singer included "The Selfish One" on her 1997 album, Feel the Emotions.