Take Good Care Of My Baby

Album: Take Good Care Of My Baby (1961)
Charted: 3 1
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  • This song was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, part of the legendary Brill Building club. Carole King pecked out the tune on the piano, and almost handed it over to Cynthia Weil, but Gerry Goffin turned up some lyrics for it. The song became King and Goffin's second #1 single after The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" put them on the map. It was also Bobby Vee's only #1. King and Giffin's next chart-topper would be "The Loco-Motion" in 1962.
  • Before this song, Bobby Vee's claim to fame was filling in for Buddy Holly, who along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, died in rock history's most famous plane crash en route to a show in Fargo, North Dakota. Vee had been scraping up a band already. On the date of the crash, the local radio actually put out a call for replacements, and Vee and his band volunteered. Not that Vee was small potatoes - Bob Dylan played in his band early on! Vee charted three times previously and made the Top-40 on the Billboard Hot 100 a total of 14 times.
  • "Take Good Care Of My Baby" was notable for being used in baby care product commercials. This, despite the fact that this changes the complete meaning of the song. Only parts of the song would be used.
  • Notable covers include The Beatles for their legendary audition at Decca Records in 1961, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and Bobby Vinton, who got it to hit again at #33.
  • As given in Rich Podolsky's book Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, Bobby Vee was born Robert Velline, in Fargo, North Dakota. He filled in for Buddy Holly in the above-mentioned fact when he was 15, and said of the opportunity, "We didn't even have a name. We called the station and we just showed up and waited in the wings and that was it." By the time they had gotten onto the stage, Vee had blurted out "the Shadows" as their name.

    Vee capped on this new-found fame by writing the song "Suzie Baby," which was a moderate hit in the local Midwest markets. A producer named Tommy Garrett, also a Buddy Holly fan, heard word of Vee and gave him a call. Soon Vee moved out to Los Angeles to seek his fortune. Garrett produced Vee's hit "Rubber Ball."

    Writers Carole King and Gerry Goffin came out to L.A. at the behest of Garrett's calling Aldon Music, and at last when King and Goffin sat down to a piano to play "Take Good Care Of My Baby," Vee was blown away. They asked Don Kirshner at Aldon to come out and produce with them, and Kirshner came all the way from New York by train.

    Furthermore, another singer with Aldon, Dion Dimucci, had already been interested in the song. But when he tried to record it, it didn't take, so he had to settle for his later hit with "Runaround Sue." This left the song open for Vee. Ten days after Goffin and King signed the song off to Vee, they heard it playing on the car radio on the trip back home.
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm {12-18-2015}
    Producer Thomas "Snuff" Garrett died Thursday (December 17th, 2015) in Arizona at the age of 76...
    Born in Dallas, he worked as a disk jockey in Lubbock (where he was friends with Buddy Holly) and Wichita Falls, Texas before moving to Hollywood and becoming a producer with Liberty Records...
    Over the years he produced such hits (for Liberty and independently) as "Take Good Care Of My Baby"* for Bobby Vee, "This Diamond Ring" from Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Burnette's "You're 16," "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" from Vicki Lawrence, Gene McDaniels' "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves," "Half Breed" and "Dark Lady" for Cher...
    He also appeared six times on the album charts with instrumental collections as the "50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett". He later founded Snuff Garrett Records and Viva Records before retiring in 1983...
    * As stated above, Don Kirshner was the producer of the record, but printed on the label of my copy of the 45 RPM Liberty record is Producer: Snuff Garrett
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