If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
|"If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"|
|Written by||Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, Clem Watts|
|Recorded by||Eileen Barton, Georgia Gibbs, Gracie Fields, Betty Harris, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope|
The big hit version in 1950 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. The record first reached the Billboard magazine charts on March 3, 1950 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1.
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.
A British version was recorded by Dame Gracie Fields in 1950, and has since been used on a British television advertising campaign.
Barton "covered herself", re-recording the song for MGM in 1959. The new version reached #117 in the Music Vendor survey.
This song was used on the first season (1969) of Sesame Street in a skit involving Ernie and Cookie Monster. When Cookie Monster asks Ernie for a cookie, Ernie bakes him a birthday cake instead, while singing the song. When Ernie takes the finished cake — candles and all — out of the oven, he tells Cookie to make a wish, and the monster exclaims: "I wish it was a cookie!" But he snuffs out the candles and gobbles up the cake anyway as Ernie finishes the song.
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".
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|U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
April 15–22, 1950
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- Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.
- WAMU-FM broadcast of National Public Radio show at 9 PM Eastern time on March 30, 2008.