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Baby It's You by The Shirelles

Album: Baby It's YouReleased: 1962Charted:
8
  • This was written by Burt Bacharach, Mack David (Hal's older brother), and Barney Williams (a pen name of Luther Dixon). It was originally "I'll Cherish You," but was re-written at the request of Dixon, who produced the track.
  • The Shirelles' vocals were added directly to Bacharach's demo recording.
  • This was a #5 hit for the group Smith in 1969. Smith, fronted by Gayle McCormick, was managed and produced by Del Shannon, who had a #1 hit with "Runaway." Shannon chose the song for the group to record even though none of the members had ever heard of it before. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for all above)
  • The Beatles recorded this on their first album, Please Please Me. The Beatles also covered "Boys" on this, which was previously performed by The Shirelles. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments: 17

On this day in 1969 {October 19th} Smith performed "Baby It's You" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
At the time the song was at #8 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and 7 days later on October 26th, 1969 it would peaked at #5 {for 3 weeks}...
{See next post below}...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On August 23rd 1969, Smith performed "Baby It's You" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
One week later on August 31st, 1969 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #94; and on October 26th, 1969 it peaked at #5 {for 3 weeks} and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
The Los Angeles-based quintet had two other Top 100 records; "Take A Look Around" {#43 in 1970} and "What Am I Gonna Do" {#73 in 1970}...
Lead singer Gayle McCormick had three Top 100 records as a solo artist, her biggest hit was "It's A Cryin' Shame", which reached #44 in 1971...
Note for Elvis fans: The day "Baby It's You" peaked at #5, Elvis' 18th and last #1 record on the Top 100, "Suspicious Minds", reached the top spot for one week.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Yeah "Baby It's You" is still a favorite 1962 hit I love. And I prefer The Shirelles' version over all others, especially that terrible Smiths' version. Ugh! I remember seeing the Shirelles perform this on Dick Clark's show in black & white TV. And my crazy cousin Lemonade Lucy kept trying to dance the Mashed Potato to this song. It's a slow song & ya cannot dance the Mashed Potato to a slow song. Lucy always had "bats in her belfry." Anyway, this version by the Shirelles is the best because it reeks SOUL and emotion. That is what the other versions lack. Now, that organ "break" is simple too grating on the ears! The producer Luther Dixon should've done something about that before releasing it----or just leaving it out. Great Shirelles hit. Dig it.Bubblesk - Memphis, Tn
"Baby It's You" by the Shirelles reached #8 on the Billboard pop charts in 1962. I bought the single in 1962 & played it until it wore out. I love this version and the others as well. Back in 1962, it was a popular song to slow dance to. The Shirelles also had a #1 hit in 1962 called "Soldier Boy."Elmer - Westville, Ok
I personally like the Beatles and Shirelles versions the best.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
Wrong -Darrell,Eugene - Smith's version was not (sadly) superior to The Beatles'. The woman singing lead sounds very restrained. She didn't put enough feel into it. The Beatles' version is the best. Smith,a one hit wonder group. Like they even compare to "The Beatles".Wayne - Salem, Va
The Beatles' version is the best. The Shirelles did a fine job. But The Beatles did a better job. John Lennon singing lead on another early 60's black girl group's song. Again they do this as though it were their own. Is from their first album "Please Please Me".Wayne - Salem, Va
Which version of the song you like and that organ in the original sounding bad - golly, surely that's only a function of when you born. Most music is like that, huh? All the versions sound very good to me. Maybe the emotion transmitted in all the versions is about the same. Those Hammond organs sound real good to those of us that grew up with them - they transmit a nice emotion too once you get know them.Ronny - Dallas, Tx
Don in San Antone, you're totally right. The organ solo does sound like a *damn* dentist's drill, but I think that it also sounds like a cylinder hone going into a very badly abused car engine. Smith's version is far superior to the Shirelles' version and (sadly) the Beatles' version.Darrell - Eugene
I don't remember the 1962 version of this song. The 1969 version by Smith is my favorite. Whichever version makes the best impression on you personally--there's really no right or wrong to this.Tom - Dozier, Al
Love the Beatles version.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
Beatles version appeared on "Please Please Me"Linus - Hamilton, On, Canada
The Beatles cover is excellent.Linus - Hamilton, On, Canada
The Smith rendition was far superior to any others.... a fine mix of bluesy female vocals!Steve E. - Des Moines, Ia
The organ solo sounds like a damn dentist's drill. I threw the track as a .WAV file onto my audio editor and took that part out, now it's 100% pure bliss.Don - San Antonio, Tx
This is the name of a movie with Rosanna Arquette and Vincent Spano.Chrissy - Billings, Mt
Beatles also recorded this in the early yearsBill - Plano, Tx