"Hang on in There Baby" is a song written by Johnny Bristol, and recorded by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow for his debut solo album, Open Road. The song was released as the album's third single in America, and was also released as a single in Germany and to radio in the Netherlands due its popularity there. The single version features vocals from American singer Rosie Gaines.
The song was previously recorded by American songwriter Bristol in 1974, as a disco version by American singer and actress Bette Midler in 1979, and British pop band Curiosity Killed the Cat in 1992, with both versions being released as singles, and both peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart. Johnny Bristol rereleased the track as a duet with female American singer Alton Mclain in 1980, which complemented the impilcitly coital nature of the song. Barlow recorded the song in 1996, during recording sessions for his first solo album. Although the song was included on the British version of Open Road, it was never released a single there.
When Barlow started touring in promotion of Open Road, he hired American singer Rosie Gaines as a support act, however, whilst on tour, he masterminded a new version of "Hang On in There Baby", featuring Gaines, which he intended to use for performance only. However, following signing a record deal with Arista and planning to release Open Road in America, he hired Gaines, and the pair recorded a studio version of the song for the album. On April 3, 1998, he released the duet version as the third American single from Open Road, as well as releasing it in the Netherlands due its popularity during the tour there. When Barlow's video album, Open Book, was released in the United Kingdom on June 1998, a accompanying single given away with the video featured the duet version of Hang on in There Baby as its lead track, as the duet version had previously been unavailable in the UK.
The music video features footage of Barlow and Gaines performing the song on the Open Road tour, as well as backstage footage featuring Barlow's home life and rehearsals. A snippet of the video was included on Open Book, however, the full video has never been commercially released.