Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance

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Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance
Studio album by Mary Wells
Released November 1961
Recorded Hitsville USA, 1960-1961
Genre Soul
Label Motown
MS 600
Producer Berry Gordy
Mickey Stevenson
Mary Wells chronology
Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance
The One Who Really Loves You

Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance is the debut album by Motown recording artist Mary Wells, released on Motown in 1961. The album didn't chart but yielded two hit singles for the teenaged Wells including "Bye Bye Baby", which she issued in late 1960, and a song she had originally written as a demo for Jackie Wilson, and "I Don't Want to Take a Chance", a song written for her by Berry Gordy and Mickey Stevenson. Wells' follow-up album, The One Who Really Loves You, was released in 1962.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Come to Me" (Berry Gordy, Jr., Marv Johnson)
  2. "I Don't Want to Take a Chance" (Gordy, William "Mickey" Stevenson)
  3. "Bye Bye Baby" (Mary Wells)
  4. "Shop Around" (Smokey Robinson, Gordy)
  5. "I Love the Way You Love" (Gordy, Oden, Ossman)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I'm Gonna Stay" (Gordy)
  2. "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" (Gordy)
  3. "Bad Boy" (Robinson, Gordy)
  4. "I'm So Sorry" (Gordy, Earl Brooks)
  5. "Please Forgive Me" (Gordy)


  • Mary Wells: lead vocal
  • The Andantes: background vocals (on "Come to Me", "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gonna Stay", "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide", and "Bad Boy")
  • The Love Tones (Carl Jones, Joe Miles, and Stan Bracely): background vocals (on "Shop Around")
  • The Rayber Voices (Raynoma Liles Gordy, Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, and Sonny Sanders): background vocals (on "Bye Bye Baby")
    • Robert Bateman also provides backing vocals on "Come to Me"
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers