Baby Face (1926 song)
|Music by||Harry Akst|
|Lyrics by||Benny Davis|
|Recorded by||Jan Garber, Al Jolson, The Revelers, Harold Arlen, Little Richard, Elis Regina, Bobby Darin, Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps, Vampire Rodents|
|Performed by||The Kinks|
"Baby Face" was covered by many recording artists of the time (and since then), including Al Jolson and The Revelers. Swan Districts, an Australian Rules club in the WAFL since 1934, bases its club song on this tune.
Other cover versions
- The Buffalodians did a version in 1926 with Harold Arlen on piano.
- In 1943, an instrumental version appears in the Tom and Jerry short "Baby Puss".
- In 1958, Little Richard peaked at number twelve on the R&B chart and number forty-one on the pop chart with his version of the song.
- In 1961, Brazilian singer Elis Regina performed a Portuguese version on her first album, Viva a Brotolândia.
- In 1962, American singer Bobby Darin recorded a version as a single.
- In 1967, Julie Andrews sang it in the movie Thoroughly Modern Millie.
- In late-1975, disco studio group Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps recorded a disco version of the song where it peaked at number two for two weeks on the disco chart. This version also went to number thirty-two on the soul chart and number fourteen on the Hot 100 during the winter of 1976.
In the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at #12, in February 1976, spending 7 weeks within the Top 50.
- As a "Jazz Age" song, it was included in the soundtrack of the musical film Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).
- Performed live by the rock band The Kinks as chronicled on their live album Everybody's in Show-Biz.
- A cover version was played in the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Toddler Terrors of Time Travel". However, in most later airings, DVD–VHS releases, etc., a generic pop song plays instead. It can be seen as a parody version titled baby chase on the "King Koopa Katasatrophe" DVD–VHS release.
- At Jim Henson's memorial in 1990, the Muppet Performers sang this song in their chicken voices as a notable favorite of Jim's.
- A cover appeared on the Vampire Rodents second album Premonition in 1992 with altered lyrics.
- A cover appeared on Paul McCartney's remastered "Band on the Run" special edition release in 2010. The song appears on DVD and is presented as the last track from the selection as performed by Paul McCartney.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 356.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 282.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 632.
- "Everybody's in Show-Biz". allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
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