If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake

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"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"
Written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, Clem Watts
Published 1950
Recorded by Eileen Barton, Georgia Gibbs, Gracie Fields, Betty Harris, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope

"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake" is a popular song written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, and Clem Watts and published in 1950.

The best known version of the song was recorded by Eileen Barton in January 1950. The recording was released by National Records as catalog number 9103. When the song became too big a hit for National to handle, it arranged with Mercury Records to help with distribution.[1] The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Another version was recorded by Georgia Gibbs. The recording was made on February 16, 1950 and released by Coral Records as catalogue number 60169. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 17, 1950 and lasted six weeks on the chart, peaking at #21.[2]

A British version was recorded by Dame Gracie Fields in 1950, and has since been used on a British television advertising campaign.

Another version was recorded by Betty Harris and a choir, with Art Mooney's Orchestra. The recording was made on February 15, 1950 and released by MGM Records as catalogue number 10660.

Bing Crosby and Bob Hope recorded a version together that expanded on the standard lyrics to include verses about making a meal and preparing a goose.[3]

In Australia, a version was recorded by June Hamilton in May, 1950 and released by Pacific Records as catalog number 10-0030.

Barton performed a second recording of the song for MGM in 1959. The new version reached #117 in the Music Vendor survey.

Two versions of the song were recorded for Sesame Street. The first was recorded in 1969 in a skit involving Ernie and Cookie Monster. A second version involving Cookie Monster and Count von Count was recorded in 1976 and released on the B side of "C is for Cookie".

Baker Bob sang that song before Piella Bakewell murdered him at the beginning of the Wallace and Gromit cartoon A Matter of Loaf and Death.

A version was used as the opening theme to Exit 57, a sketch comedy series that aired on Comedy Central and starred Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Mitch Rouse, and Jodi Lennon.

Manhattan band The Maxes recorded a version of the song in 2008 as part of a 12-song Al Hoffman collection titled "The Maxes Sing Al Hoffman."

The song appeared in the M*A*S*H season one episode "Henry Please Come Home".

The song appeared in the 1978 film adaptation of Same Time, Next Year. When Doris is preparing to shower, George tells her that the song that played while they were making love was "If I Knew You Were Coming Id've Baked A Cake" and tells her that it will be their song. George later plays a part of the song on the piano in a later scene of the movie.

Certain versions of the song include the lyrics If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake "this morning" instead of "how d'you do".

Greggs, a retail bakery chain in the United Kingdom is using this song as part of a television advertising campaign. This can be viewed at Greggs.co.uk.

Preceded by
"Music! Music! Music!" by Teresa Brewer
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
April 15–22, 1950
Succeeded by
"The Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=-PUDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT14&dq=%22national+records%22+%2B+%22al+green%22&hl=en&ei=q9pYTI2cEZGMnQeu2sH0CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22national%20records%22%20%2B%20%22al%20green%22&f=false
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  3. ^ WAMU-FM broadcast of National Public Radio show at 9 PM Eastern time on March 30, 2008.