Baby, Come Back (The Equals song)

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"Baby, Come Back"
Single by The Equals
B-side "Hold Me Closer"
Released 1966 (1966)
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rock and roll, beat
Length 02:37
Label President PT 135[1]
Writer(s) Eddy Grant[1]
Producer(s) Ed Kassner[1]

"Baby, Come Back" is a song written by Eddy Grant, and originally performed and recorded by him and the rest of his band The Equals.[1]

The Equals version[edit]

The Equals were a group from North London, England. "Baby, Come Back" is a mixture of rock and roll and beat, very much reflecting the London sound of the 1960s. The song was first released in 1966, a year after the band formed, but did not chart. However after impressive sales in the rest of Europe (it reached the top 10 in Belgium and The Netherlands[2]) the song was re-issued in the UK on 1 May 1968 and reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on 6 July 1968 spending three weeks there.[3] In all the song stayed in the UK Top 75 for 18 weeks.[3]

Eddy Grant himself released a new version of the song in 1984, 1985 and 1989,[4] without much impact on the charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
Australian Go-Set Top 40[5] 11
Belgium Singles Chart[6] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 9
France (SNEP)[8] 2
US Cashbox[9] 26
German Singles Chart[10] 11
Ireland Singles Chart[11] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 1
Preceded by
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" by
The Rolling Stones
UK number one single
3 July 1968
(three weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Pretend" by Des O'Connor

The Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 version[edit]

"Baby Come Back"
Single by Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40
Released 19 September 1994 (1994-09-19)
Format CD
Recorded 1994
Genre Reggae, ska
Length 03:55
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Eddy Grant
Producer(s) Susan Stoker
Michael Railton
Pato Banton chronology
"Come Again"
(with Ranking Roger, 1988)
"Baby Come Back"
(with Robin and Ali Campbell, 1994)
"This Cowboy Song"
(with Sting, 1995)

The song was covered by Pato Banton in 1994 who was joined by Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40. This version was different from the original in that it was in a more conventional, commercial reggae style and Banton added his own verses between the Campbells singing the original hook and chorus.

"Baby Come Back" by Pato Banton was a number one hit single in the UK and New Zealand.[15] It was released on 19 September 1994 and entered the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 1 October 1994 at No. 16 and reached No. 1 in its fifth week on the chart, where it stayed for four weeks.[16] It was the 4th biggest selling single of 1994 in the UK. In New Zealand, the song entered the chart on 30 October 1994 at No. 3, then rose to No. 2 the following week, before beginning a four week reign at No. 1 from 13 November to 4 December 1994.[17]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single [VSCDT1522]

  1. Baby Come Back - 3:52
  2. Baby Come Back (Dub) - 6:03
  3. Niceness (Live) - 5:40
  4. Gwarn! (New Version) 4:21

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 11
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 17
France (SNEP)[20] 26
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 1
Preceded by
"Sure"
by Take That
UK Singles Chart number-one single
29 October 1994
(four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let Me Be Your Fantasy"
by Baby D

London Boys version[edit]

"Baby Come Back"
Single by London Boys
from the album Love 4 Unity
B-side "Baby Come Back" (Instrumental)
Released 1993 (1993)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Genre Europop, synthpop, disco
Length 03:24
Label EastWest
Writer(s) Eddy Grant
Producer(s) Ralf René Maué
London Boys singles chronology
"Moonraker"
(1992)
"Baby Come Back"
(1993)
"Gospel Train to London"
(1995)

"Baby Come Back" is the first 1993 single from Europop duo London Boys. The single was produced by Ralf René Maué.[26] The single wasn't released in the UK but in Germany/Austria instead, peaking at #27 in Austria.

This was the last single under the London Boys name with the next and last two singles being under the name "The New London Boys".

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Baby Come Back" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Instrumental)" - 3:23
12" Single #1
  1. "Baby Come Back (Please Come Home Extended Version)" - 6:05
  2. "Baby Come Back (Cavallino 12" Remix Rapino Brothers)" - 5:06
  3. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Remix)" - 5:38
12" Single #2
  1. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky With The Rapino Bros Club Mix)" - 6:25
  2. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky Instrumental)" - 6:28
  3. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 12" Handbag Mix)" - 5:20
  4. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Mix)" - 5:40
CD Single #1
  1. "Baby Come Back (Radio Edit)" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Please Come Home Mix Extended Version)" - 5:29
  3. "Baby Come Back (Cavallino 12" Remix Rapino Brothers)" - 5:06
  4. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Remix)" - 5:38
  5. "Bob Marley (Reggae Reggae Rasta Rasta)" - 2:10
CD Single #2
  1. "Baby Come Back (Original Version)" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 7" Handbag Mix)" - 3:25
  3. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky With The Rapino Bros Club Mix)" - 6:25
  4. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 12" Handbag Mix)" - 5:20
  5. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Mix)" - 5:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[27] 27

Personnel[edit]

  • Edem Ephraim: Vocals
  • Dennis Fuller: Choreographer, backing vocals
  • Ralf René Maué: Writer, producer
  • The Rapino Brothers: Remixes

Other cover versions[edit]

"Baby Come Back" was covered by many artists, amongst others: Geno Washington (single from That's Why Hollywood Loves Me, 1979),[28] Tight Fit (Back To The 60's, 1981),[29] Bonnie Raitt (Green Light, 1982),[30] Elektric Music (B-side to the single "Crosstalk", 1992),[31] Chyp-Notic (I Can't Get Enough, 1992),[32] Jay Ferguson, and Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings (Jukebox, 2007).[33]

A live version by Phil Seymour appears on his In Concert! album (Fuel Music Group)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1968-07-06" UK Singles Chart.
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  16. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 573–4. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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  22. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Pato Banton feat. Ali and Robin Campbell – Baby Come Back". Top 40 Singles.
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  29. ^ "Tight Fit - Back To The 60's (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  30. ^ "Bonnie Raitt - Green Light (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  31. ^ "Elektric Music - Crosstalk (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  32. ^ "Chyp-Notic - I Can't Get Enough (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  33. ^ "Bachman* & Cummings* - Jukebox (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 June 2011.