Baby I'm Yours (Barbara Lewis song)
|"Baby I'm Yours"|
|Single by Barbara Lewis|
|from the album Baby I'm Yours|
|B-side||"I Say Love"|
|Barbara Lewis singles chronology|
|"Baby I'm Yours"|
|Single by Peter and Gordon|
|from the album Lady Godiva|
|B-side||"When The Black Of Your Eyes Turns To Grey"|
|Recorded||Abbey Road Studios|
|Peter and Gordon singles chronology|
|"Baby I'm Yours"|
|Single by Cass Elliot|
|from the album Cass Elliot|
|Cass Elliot singles chronology|
|"Baby I'm Yours"|
|Single by Linda Lewis|
|B-side||"The Other Side"|
|Recorded||Media Sound, NYC|
|Producer||Bert DeCoteaux, Tony Silvester|
|Linda Lewis singles chronology|
|"Baby I'm Yours"|
|Single by Cher|
|from the album Mermaids Soundtrack|
|Cher European singles chronology|
Barbara Lewis version
Van McCoy wrote "Baby I'm Yours" while working as a staff writer for April-Blackwood Music, the publishing arm of Columbia Records. However the first evident recording of the song - subsequent to the demo cut by Van McCoy himself - was made by Atlantic artist Barbara Lewis in a January 8 1965 Atlantic Recording Studios (NYC) session "directed by" Bert Berns with the producer credit assigned to Lewis's manager Ollie McLaughlin. The session for the track featured George "Teacho" Wiltshire conducting his orchestra whose personnel included Clark Terry and Dud Bascomb (trumpets), Jimmy Cleveland and Tony Studd (trombones), Frank Haywood Henry (baritone sax), Charlie Brown (tenor sax), Paul Griffith (piano), Bill Suyker (guitar), Jimmy Lewis (bass), and Gary Chester (drums): the chorale vocal on the track was provided by the song's composer Van McCoy singing with Kendra Spotswood.
Lewis would recall that she initially disliked the song and at the original session "I didn't really put 100% into my vocal performance" hoping that Atlantic would shelve the track as sub-par: "Ollie [McLaughlin] told me 'Barbara, we're gonna have to go back to Detroit and dub you in. We gotta do your vocals over. You're just not giving like you should on the song.' We did several takes [in Detroit] and he was wondering 'How am I going to get this girl to give? She's so hard-headed.' He said 'You know, Barbara, Karen can sing that song better than you.' That was his little daughter. And it pissed me off. I did one more take, and that was the take that they selected."
Released in April 1965, Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours" enjoyed staggered regional success exemplified by the single reaching #1 in Detroit as early as June 1965 and peaking at #4 in Chicago that August: the national peak of the single was #11 achieved on the Hot 100 in Billboard dated August 21 1965. "Baby I'm Yours" afforded Lewis a #5 R&B chart hit.
UK single versions
The first UK recording of "Baby I'm Yours" was made by the Paramounts at Abbey Road Studio in the summer of 1965: however the track went unreleased until their 1998 compilation release The Paramounts at Abbey Road 1963 to 1970 while a higher-profile act also on the Columbia [UK]1 roster: Peter and Gordon, had the UK hit version of "Baby I'm Yours", released October 15 1965 to reach #19 UK, the Peter and Gordon version of "Baby I'm Yours" having been recorded in an Abbey Road session produced by Norman Newell and featuring Big Jim Sullivan on guitar. Peter Asher - who was partnered with Gordon Waller as Peter and Gordon - would recall: "We did 'Baby I’m Yours' because I loved the original Barbara Lewis record".
"Baby I'm Yours" is unique among Peter and Gordon singles as their sole collaboration with arranger Tony Osborne who took over from the duo's original regular collaborator Geoff Love (subsequent to "Baby I'm Yours" Peter and Gordon regularly collaborated with arranger/conductor Bob Leaper). Also in deference to the US success of the Barbara Lewis version, Capitol Records - Peter and Gordon's US label of release - did not issue the duo's "Baby I'm Yours" single, the Peter and Gordon US single release concurrent with their UK "Baby I'm Yours" single release being "Don't Pity Me" a composition by the duo which peaked at #83. "Baby I'm Yours" was thus the first Peter and Gordon UK single not be released concurrently in the US - that scenario would re-occur once, with Peter and Gordon's April 1968 UK single release "I Feel Like Going Out".
In May of 1976 "Baby I'm Yours" reached #33 UK via a disco remake by Linda Lewis who in 1967 had chosen Lewis as her professional surname in honor of Barbara Lewis, the original singer of "Baby I'm Yours". Recorded subsequent to Lewis' 1975 album Not a Little Girl Anymore and not included on her next album release: Woman Overboard (1977), "Baby I'm Yours" was included as a bonus track on the 2001 CD release of Not a Little Girl Anymore.
In 2006 "Baby I'm Yours" served as the B-side of Arctic Monkeys' UK hit "Leave Before the Lights Come On" (#4); that version featured the 747's with shared vocals by Arctic Monkeys' lead singer Alex Turner and the 747s' lead singer Oisin Leech.
- 1The Paramounts recorded for Parlophone a subsidiary of Columbia [UK]. Columbia [UK] should not be confused with the unrelated American company Columbia Records for whose publishing arm "Baby I'm Yours" was written.
Cher remade "Baby I'm Yours" for the soundtrack of her 1990 film vehicle Mermaids; her version - arranged to replicate Barbara Lewis' hit and produced by Peter Asher who as a member of Peter and Gordon had had the UK hit of "Baby I'm Yours" - was not featured in the film but was elected as the lead single from the soundtrack for release in the UK and Europe after the US single release "The Shoop Shoop Song" - which as remade by Cher had played under the film's closing credits - fell short of the Billboard Top Thirty. "Baby I'm Yours" failed as a single - its only apparent charting was in the UK at #89 - but it was decided to follow it up with the single release of "The Shoop Shoop Song" in the spring of 1991 and this single - which utilized "Baby I'm Yours" as B-side - spent five weeks at #1 in the UK and achieved Top Ten status in several European countries as well as Australia and New Zealand; click for chart specifics. (Coincidentally the precedent charting single to Linda Lewis 1976 UK hit remake of "Baby I'm Yours" had been the first major UK hit version of "The Shoop Shoop Song", entitled "It's in His Kiss".)
Formats and track listings
"Baby I'm Yours" European CD single
- Baby I'm Yours
- Hard Enough Getting Over You
- Just Like Jesse James
"Baby I'm Yours" European 7" single
- A: Baby I'm Yours
- B: Hard Enough Getting Over You
"Baby I'm Yours" reached the C&W Top 40 three times via remakes by Jody Miller (#5 in 1971), Debby Boone (#33 in 1978) and Tanya Tucker (#22 in 1983), with Miller and Boone's remakes reaching the lower Pop charts at respectively #91 and #74.1 The parent albums of the Miller, Boone and Tucker versions were respectively He's So Fine, You Light Up My Life and Changes.
Cass Elliot's remake of "Baby I'm Yours" was released in February 1972 at the same time as its parent album Cass Elliot produced by Lewis Merenstein and arranged/conducted by Benny Golson. The album was Elliot's debut for RCA Victor who insisted on "Baby I'm Yours" release as the lead single over Elliott and Merenstein's choice: "That Song" a new song by Bill Dean which would be given single release in April 1972.2 "Neither Baby I'm Yours" or "That Song" afforded Elliot an appearance on a Billboard chart: however Elliot's "Baby I'm Yours" charted on the Canadian Adult Contemporary hitlist peaking at #18.
"Baby I'm Yours" has also been recorded by Cilla Black (album Cilla Sings a Rainbow/ 1966), Petula Clark (album Now/ 1972), Jack Jones (album For The "In" Crowd/ 1966), the Jones Girls (album On Target/ 1983), June Lodge (album Someone Loves You Honey/ 1980), KC and the Sunshine Band (album The Painter/ 1981), Diane Marino (featuring Houston Person: album Just Groovin'/ 2008), Maureen McGovern (album Baby I'm Yours/ 1992), Nilsson (in medley with "Just One Look": duet with Lynda Laurence: album ...That's the Way It Is/ 1976), Dianne Steinberg (album Universal Child/ 1977), Bobby Vee (in medley with "Make It Easy on Yourself": album 30 Big Hits of the '60's, Vol. 2/ 1966), and Bobby Vinton (album My Elusive Dreams/ 1970). In 1996, Phoebe Snow and Avenue Blue (featuring Jeff Golub) released their version on their album Naked City.
A French-language rendering of "Baby I'm Yours" entitled "Je T'appartiens" was a 1965 single release by Pierre Lalonde and was included on Lalonde's 1966 album release Louise. (This is an exceptional use of the title "Je T'appartiens" which is generally understood to refer to the French-language original of "Let It Be Me".)
- 1Debby Boone's version of "Baby I'm Yours" was a double-sided Pop chart entrant in tandem with "God Knows".
- 2 Fiegel, Eddi. Dream a Little Dream of Me: the Life of "Mama" Cass Elliot (London: Sidgwick & Jackson. 2005. ISBN 0-283-07331-4) p. 336.
|Barbara Lewis (1965)||Peak
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles||5|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||7|
|Peter & Gordon (1965)||Peak
|UK Singles Chart||19|
|Jody Miller (1971)||Peak
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||91|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||5|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||21|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||8|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||25|
|Cass Elliot (1972)||Peak
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||18|
|Linda Lewis (1976)||Peak
|UK Singles Chart||33|
|Debby Boone (1978)||Peak
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||74|
|U.S. Billboard Easy Listening||18|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||33|
|Tanya Tucker (1983)||Peak
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||22|
|UK Singles Chart||89|