Be My Baby

Album: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (1963)
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  • The night we met I knew I needed you so
    And if I had the chance I'd never let you go
    So won't you say you love me?
    I'll make you so proud of me
    We'll make 'em turn their heads every place we go

    So won't you, please (be my, be my baby)
    Be my little baby? (My one and only baby)
    Say you'll be my darlin' (be my, be my baby)
    Be my baby now (my one and only baby)

    I'll make you happy, baby, just wait and see
    For every kiss you give me, I'll give you three
    Oh, since the day I saw you
    I have been waiting for you
    You know I will adore you 'til eternity

    So won't you, please (be my, be my baby)
    Be my little baby? (My one and only baby)
    Say you'll be my darlin' (be my, be my baby)
    Be my baby now (my one and only baby)

    So come on and, please (be my, be my baby)
    Be my little baby? (My one and only baby)
    Say you'll be my darlin' (be my, be my baby)
    Be my baby now (my one and only baby)

    (Be my, be my baby)
    Be my little baby? (My one and only baby)
    Oh-oh-oh (be my, be my baby)
    Oh (my one and only baby)
    Whoa-oh-oh-oh (be my, be my baby)
    Oh-oh-oh (My one and only baby)
    Oh (be my, be my baby) Writer/s: Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Philip Spector
    Publisher: Abkco Music Inc., CTM Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 39

  • Cof from HereRonnie Spector was born August 10, 1943 and this song was recorded July 5, 1963. She was 19 years old when this was recorded.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 30th 1971, Andy Kim performed "Be My Baby" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Fourteen days earlier on January 16th it was at #39 and that was its last day on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart {See next post below}...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show he also performed "I Wish I Were"; it would enter the Top 100 on March 21, 1971 for a six week stay, peaking at #62.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 1st 1970, "Be My Baby" by Andy Kim entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #75; and six weeks later on December 13th, 1970 it peaked at #17 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    A year earlier he made the Top 100 with another covered version of a Ronettes' song, "Baby, I Love You", and on July 20th, 1969 it peaked at #9 {for 2 weeks} and in his native Canada it reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on the RPM 100 Singles chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 28th 1963, the Ronettes performed "By My Baby" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #3 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart and had been on the chart for five weeks...
    {See the next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 25th 1963, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90; and on October 6th, 1963 it peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 6 of those 13 weeks it was on the Top 10}...
    And also on October 6th, 1963 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} on the Cash Box Magazine chart {the song that replaced it at #1 was "Sugar Shack" by Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs}...
    The three weeks the song was at #2 on the Top 100; the #1 for all three of those weeks was "Sugar Shack"...
    The NYC trio had a total of eight records make the Top 100; their next biggest hit was "Walkin' In The Rain" {my favorite}, it reached #23, but right behind it was "Baby, I Love You", which peaked at #24.
  • Bubblesk from Memphis, TnA real rock & roll masterpiece from The Ronettes & producer Phil Spector. Sure, I know that Billboard has it peaking at #2 in 1963, but back then in my area the rock & roll radio stations had it at #1. Most AM radio stations put out their own song charts back then. The Wall of Sound was amazing back in 1963. Now, I learned that Spector recorded many of his songs in stereo versions too. "Be My Baby" will always evoke good memories for me. Just think of how many other rock icons were influenced by this song by The Ronettes? Incredible!
  • Alon from Forest Hills, NyCheck out the totally chilled cover by Ivy....
  • Bob from Bismarck, NdWhen the song starts out and she sings 'The night we met I knew I needed you so.........' What a beautiful voice!!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1971 Ronnie Spector released a solo record titled "Try Some, Buy Some"; it peaked at #77 and stayed in the Top 100 for four weeks!!!
  • John from Eugene, OrIf the Songfact's info above is true, specifically that in Ronnie's divorce settlement from Phil Spector she is precluded from performing "Be My Baby" on TV then I suggest that WE ALL encourage Ronnie to consider that prohibition to be null & void now that Phil Spector is incarcerated in a California prison for felony murder. What's Phil going to do, fight her in court? I don't think so. Further, I would love to see Paul Shaffer produce a musical tribute to Phil Spector (on TV)featuring all the 'real' people who performed the songs Phil Spector produced and have Brian Wilson play the piano on 'BE MY Baby' - Some of the people who were recording artists for Phil have passed away already,encourage Paul to do this without delay before its too late.If you agree then contact Paul, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stanley, Patti Smith, Cher,and anyone else who has an interest in supporting Ronnie. God Bless Ellie Greenwich
  • Skid from Los Angeles, CaLast night, September 3rd, I attended a fabulous concert by the Patti Smith Band. Her first encore song was Be My Baby which she dedicated to Ellie Greenwich. It was a fantastic version of a great song!
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumAs a Phil Spector's fan I'm also a fan of Ellie Greenwich. Ellie died on August 26 at the age of 68. Ellie is gone but her songs will stay 4 ever and ever. R.I.P. Ellie Greenwich, thanks!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn Nov. 4th, 1976 at The Palladium in NYC Ronnie Spector joined Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band on stage and sang this song along with 'Baby, I Love You' & 'Walking in the Rain'...
  • Charles from San Francisco, CaIf it weren't for this song there would be no Pet Sounds. If it weren't for Pet Sounds there would be no Sgt. Peppers. No Peppers then Roll and Roll would not be what it is today. One of my favorite songs of all time.
  • Grant from Toowoomba,This great Ronnettes Song was Used in the Wonder Years Episode "Ninth Grade Man" Its the Music in our Lives that Make Great memories- GB
  • Sam from Hipsville, CaI had heard it said that Cher DID sing back-up vocals on this song-----if you listen very closely, you can hear her voice. very interesting Songfact.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaHats off to Hal Blaine and other members of Phils' "Wrecking Crew" for one of the Best ever songs in Rock-n-Roll.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxDeana - I was living in Indianapolis area when "Take Me Home Tonight" came out - it's funny that you left that comment because that song always makes me think of living in Middletown!
  • Nico from Amstelveen, --In "The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector", a BBC2 Arena documentary, Phil Spector claims he could have ruined Martin Scorsese's beginning career in 1973 by forbidding the use of Be my Baby in the film Mean Streets.
  • Congo from Woonsocket, Ri I read somewhere that when Ronnie was trying to leave the brilliant but crazy Phil Spector her mother gave her this advise..."You can't pull your hand from the lion's mouth. You gotta SLIDE it out." I thought that was just so cool. Oh, and "Be My Baby" is one of my top favorite songs of all time. Oh,Oh,Oh,Oh
  • Rich from Plainview, NyPlayed during closing scene of movie "Baby Mama" 2008 - Directed by Michael McCullers. With Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Greg Kinnear
  • Jesus Eduardo from Mexico, MexicoThere used to be a live FM radio show in Mexico City in the early 80s, "The Monster Production Show", in which twice or thrice a mexican rock singer, Kenny, made a wonderful cover of this song under an unplugged format...made me shed some tears of joy
    Jesús Herrera, Mexico City
  • Stephen from Sullivan, NhFrom the rooftops of an abstract Spanish Harlem, an exquisitely exclusive love affair existing in an ageless timewarp,unfettered by the gritty pressures of the streets below. Age and heartbreak suspended by infinite emotion in a rock and roll symphony of eternal passion.
  • Tim from Rialto, CaIn response to the Andy Kim comment. He did both "Baby I Love You" which hit #9 on US charts in 1969, and "Be My Baby" which peaked at #17 in 1970.
  • Beth from Pittsburgh, Pathis was also playing in the background when David (addison) and Maddie (hayes) finally got it on in "moonlighting"..gosh, what a great voice she has.
  • Scott from Phoenix, AzWasn't Andy Kim's 1970 version "Baby I Love You" not "Be My Baby"?
  • Mairi from Cantsay, Canadathis might just be the best song ever...
  • Chris from Morristown, TnThe most important drum introduction in the history of rock music played by who else? Hal Blaine.
  • Steve from Fenton, MoRonnie Spector is the bird in the Beatles song "And Your Bird Can Sing". The song is directed to Phil Spector in my opinion.
  • Alan from Grande Prairie, Alberta, CanadaThis song is Brian Wilson's favourite song of all-time.
  • Ross from Independence, MoThis is #22 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.
  • Dee from Cleveland, OhMichael Stanley does an awesome job on this song! Jennifer Lee is excellent on this song as well! I just heard this on his new CD "American Road". I've enjoyed listening to Michael Stanley for over 25 years! (Time flies)
  • Cms from Cleveland, OhThere is a new cover of this song by Michael Stanley on his new CD titled "American Road" available from Line Level Music ( release date June 2005. Michael sings the lead with Jennifer Lee doing the backup. It it a keeper and worth checking out.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Sci love this song1 and Ronnie's voice is awesome!
  • Craig from Madison, WiPlayed over the opening credits of Martin Scorsese's break-through "Mean Streets." One of the first films to construct a soundtrack out of pop songs. MS uses Be My Baby not just to instill nostalgia in the audience (as "Dirty Dancing" does), but to illustrate the hero's own nostalgia for his youth.
  • Craig from Madison, WiPerfection. People who dislike this song are not to be trusted. Avoid them at all costs.
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumA very nice song of Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. Good performance of Ronnie and a superb "Wall of Sound" of Phil Spector. I love it!
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InEddie Money's song "Take Me Home Tonight" featured Ronnie Spector singing back to him the chorus from this song
  • Matthew from Shrewsbury, EnglandMy favourite version of this track was the one that Brian Wilson did in his Roxy theatre tour in 2000 or so.
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