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Single by Carla Thomas
from the album Carla
Released August 1966
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre R&B, pop
Length 2:49[1]
Label Stax
Songwriter(s) Isaac Hayes, David Porter

"B-A-B-Y" is a song written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, which was first recorded in 1966 by Carla Thomas. Her version was released as the opening track of her album Carla, and as a single by Stax Records. The single reached no. 14 on the US pop chart and no. 3 on the R&B chart.[2]

The song was recorded in the UK in 1967 by The Ferris Wheel, featuring singer Diane Ferraz. It was also recorded in 1977 by American singer Rachel Sweet, whose version on the Stiff label reached no. 35 on the UK singles chart.[3]

The song was featured in the 2017 film Baby Driver.


  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Carla-Thomas-Carla/master/268543
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 441. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 784. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.