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I Got You Babe

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Sonny & Cher



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Sonny Bono was an up-and-coming record producer when he got Cher a job with Phil Spector as a session singer. They started dating and moved in to their manager's house. Bono would write songs on a piano in the garage. He came up with this tune and wrote the lyrics on a piece of cardboard. Cher didn't like it at first, but Sonny changed the key in the bridge to fit her voice and she loved it.
Ahmet Ertegun was their boss at Atco Records. He didn't think much of this song, so he put it on the B-side of "It's Gonna Rain." Los Angeles radio station KHJ started playing "I Got You Babe" after Bono brought them a copy and it became a huge hit.
This wasn't an anti-war song, but it went over well with the Hippie crowd because it stuck up for guys with long hair when Cher sang, "Let them say your hair's too long, I don't care, with you I can't go wrong."
In 1985, UB40 covered this with Chrissie Hynde doing the female vocals. Their version hit #1 in the UK and #28 in the US. Sonny & Cher's original version was the first record UB40's Ali Campbell ever owned.
In 1994 Cher re-recorded this with cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead. This version hit #35 in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
Bob Dylan's use of the word "Babe" in his 1964 song "It Ain't Me Babe" gave Sonny Bono the idea to use it in this song.
In the 1993 film Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray, Murray's character is awakened to this song every morning at precisely 6:00 AM on the alarm clock in his hotel room. (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA. U.S.A)
Sonny and Cher performed this one last time when they appeared on the The David Letterman show in 1987. They didn't expect to sing, and the host cajoled them a bit to get them to do the song. Sonny and Cher put their differences aside and did a touching performance. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Sonny Bono is the only person to perform on a #1 hit and also serve in congress. He was elected to California's 44th district in 1994, and served there until his death.
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Comments (14):

My mom fell in love with this song in 1965. It was her and my dad's wedding song. August of 1966, I was born. Guess what MY name is?? LOL
- Cher, Tampa, FL
This song had a lot of strength when it reached #1 in August of 1965 - it prevented the Beach Boys' "California Girls" from getting to the top spot on the Hot 100-
- Kristin, Bessemer, AL
I didn't know Tiny Tim covered it on his album, but he and Eleanor Barooshain (of Cake) recorded it for a Peter Yarrow movie soundtrack. The result was positively hideous.
- Dave, Des Moines, IA
Oh, sorry, the show was in 1987, of course. It was really memorable, as none of them expected to perform that evening and they looked quite uncomfortable when David Letterman asked them to sing, but still they got up and sung "Got you babe" one last time. Sonny got quite emotional during the performance.
- Zuzana, Bratislava, Europe
In 1897, twelve years after their divorce, Sonny and Cher sung this on Letterman show. It was the last time they ever performed together.
- Zuzana, Bratislava, Europe
Bob Rivers (bobrivers.com), made a parody in questionable taste, titled "I Can't Ski, Babe." It doesn't seem to be on his web site anymore, but you can listen to it at http://www.jokeaday.com/7twisted.shtml
- Steven, Sunnyvale, CA
Tiny Tim covered this on his first album (God Bless Tiny Tim)as a duet with himself, singing the man's part in his real voice and the girl's part in his better-known falsetto voice. It was pretty silly, but then so was Tiny Tim.
- Dennis, Anchorage, AK
I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned that Bono was inspired by the Dylan song, It Ain't Me, Babe, although they obviously have nothing to do with each other past the titles.
- fyodor, Denver, CO
I mean a great experience because of his talent, I don't know if it was always easy to work with him; as I consider him a perfectionist I suppose he was exacting with the others and with himself.
Anyway the results are very good and it's like that he made some masterpieces like "River deep, mountain high" and many others.
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
I heard he would put some of them through hell. He doesn't seem to have been a very good guy. Good producer though. I read a little about him. It's been qwhile though.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
It's amazing how many people who started their career with Phil Spector became famous. It must be a great experience working with the inventor of the famous "Wall of Sound".
- Teresa, Mechelen, Belgium
This is #444 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
- Ross, Independence, MO
This song was used has been used in many film soundtracks, but the one I remember the most is "Groundhodge Day" starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where the character played by Bill wakes up every morning of an endless day with that tune on the radio.
- Enrique, Lima, Peru
no not the last.
- AJ, Cleveland, GA
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