Their hit song, “And When I Die” has a long history. It was one of the first songs recorded by Laura Nyro, when she was 17 years old. She then sold the song to folk group Peter, Paul and Mary for $5000, who then recorded the song for their sixth studio album The Peter, Paul and Mary Album.
The song appeared on the self-titled second album by Blood, Sweat & Tears. It was the third single from the album, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100; the album’s previous two singles had also stalled at #2 on the same chart.
The BS&T arrangement is very different from previous versions. It was also released as an album version and an edited single version. The album version features two instrumental portions, one featuring an RMI Electra Piano, and the other featuring horns and temple blocks, like a western cowboy song. Also, the pauses between the choruses and the other two verses are longer than on the edited version.
Alison Krauss and Billy Childs contributed a version of the song for the 2014 album Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro.
A line from the song is sung at the end of season one, episode three in the 2016 series Van Helsing when Doc, played by Rukiya Bernard, is healed and returned from a feral – zombie – state to a human state.