Yes Sir, That's My Baby

Album: A Centennial Celebration: The Best of Eddie Cantor (1930)


  • Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson wrote this in 1925 - The Charleston era. The song was inspired by a pig, but not a real one. The composers were visiting Eddie Cantor one afternoon when Cantor's daughter Marjorie brought out one of her favorite toys, a walking mechanical pig. She wound it up and it started walking in rhythm while two notes kept coming from the little creature. Kahn was inspired and started working lyrics to these notes in rhythm with the pig, coming up with the title and opening line of the chorus in short order. Cantor turned it into a hit. Years later, Kahn commented that his take from the song constituted the largest amount of money a Jewish man had ever made from a pig. >>
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    Terry - Willmar, MN

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 30th 1960, Ricky Nelson appeared at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis, Tennessee...
    At the time Ricky had two songs on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; "I'm Not Afraid" was at #27* and the flip-side, "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" was at #34, and that was also the peak position for both songs on the Top 100...
    * "I'm Not Afraid" was at #27 for one weeks while "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" remained at #34 for two weeks.
  • Kim from Pocono Summit, PaStrange that this song is singularly associated with Eddie Cantor, who was one of many to record it. According to Joel Whitburn's "Pop Memories", there were 5 charted versions of it after Walter Donaldson and lyricist Gus Kahn composed it in 1925, and Cantor's wasn't one of them. Instead, it is mentioned as being #11 by The Coon-Sanders Orchestra; #10 by Ace Brigode; #5 by Ben Bernie; #2 by Blossom Seeley; and #1 by Gene Austin.
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