Baby, Come Back (The Equals song)

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"Baby, Come Back"
The Equals Baby Come Back single cover.jpg
Single by The Equals
from the album Baby Come Back
B-side"Hold Me Closer"
Released1966 (1966)
Format7-inch single
GenreRock and roll, beat
Length2:37
LabelPresident PT 135[1]
Songwriter(s)Eddy Grant[1]
Producer(s)Ed Kassner[1]

"Baby, Come Back" is a song written by Eddy Grant, and originally performed and recorded by his band the Equals.[1]

The Equals version[edit]

The Equals were a group from North London, England. "Baby, Come Back" is a mixture of rock and roll and beat, very much reflecting the London sound of the 1960s, with Grant's Guyanese accent giving the record a distinguishing sound compared to other records of its genre. The song was first released in 1966, a year after the band formed, but did not chart. However, after impressive sales in the rest of Europe (it reached the top 10 in Belgium and the Netherlands[2]) the song was re-issued in the UK on 1 May 1968 and reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on 3 July 1968 spending three weeks there.[3] In all the song stayed in the UK Top 75 for 18 weeks.[3] It also charted at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Eddy Grant himself released a new version of the song in 1984, 1985 and 1989,[4] without much impact on the charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967–68) Peak
position
Australian Go-Set Top 40[5] 11
Belgium Singles Chart[6] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 9
France (SNEP)[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 32
US Cashbox[10] 26
German Singles Chart[11] 11
Ireland Singles Chart[12] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 4
Rhodesia (Lyons Maid Hits of the Week)[15] 1
South Africa (Springbok SA Top 20)[16] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 1

Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 version[edit]

"Baby Come Back"
Pato Banton Baby Come Back single cover.jpg
Single by Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
Released19 September 1994 (1994-09-19)
FormatCD single
Recorded1994
GenreReggae, ska
Length3:55
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Eddy Grant
Producer(s)Susan Stoker, Michael Railton
Pato Banton singles chronology
"Come Again"
(1988)
"Baby Come Back"
(1994)
"This Cowboy Song"
(1995)

The song was covered by Pato Banton in 1994 who was joined by Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40. This version was different from the original in that it was in a more conventional, commercial reggae style and Banton added his own verses between the Campbells singing the original hook and chorus. The song was a number-one hit single in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.[18][19] It was released on 19 September 1994 and entered the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 1 October 1994 at number 16 and reached number one on its fifth week on the chart, where it stayed for four weeks.[18] It was the fourth biggest selling single of 1994 in the UK.[20] In New Zealand, the song entered the chart on 30 October 1994 at number three, then rose to number two the following week, before beginning a four-week reign at number one from 13 November to 4 December 1994.[19] According to Virgin Records, about 750,000 copies were sold as of March 1995.[21]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single [VSCDT1522]

  1. Baby Come Back - 3:52
  2. Baby Come Back (Dub) - 6:03
  3. Niceness (Live) - 5:40
  4. Gwarn! (New Version) 4:21

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 11
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 19
France (SNEP)[26] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 33
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[28] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[29] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[30] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[32] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[35] 39

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Belgium (Ultratop)[36] 94
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 55
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

London Boys version[edit]

"Baby Come Back"
London boys-baby come back single.jpg
Single by London Boys
from the album Love 4 Unity
B-side"Baby Come Back" (Instrumental)
Released1993 (1993)
Format
Genre
Length3:24
LabelEastWest
Songwriter(s)Eddy Grant
Producer(s)Ralf René Maué
London Boys singles chronology
"Moonraker"
(1992)
"Baby Come Back"
(1993)
"Gospel Train to London"
(1995)

"Baby Come Back" is the first 1993 single from Europop duo London Boys. The single was produced by Ralf René Maué.[41] The single was released in Germany and Austria, peaking at #27 in Austria.

This was the last single under the London Boys name with the next and last two singles being under the name "The New London Boys".

Formats[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Baby Come Back" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Instrumental)" - 3:23
12" Single #1
  1. "Baby Come Back (Please Come Home Extended Version)" - 6:05
  2. "Baby Come Back (Cavallino 12" Remix Rapino Brothers)" - 5:06
  3. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Remix)" - 5:38
12" Single #2
  1. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky With The Rapino Bros Club Mix)" - 6:25
  2. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky Instrumental)" - 6:28
  3. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 12" Handbag Mix)" - 5:20
  4. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Mix)" - 5:40
CD Single #1
  1. "Baby Come Back (Radio Edit)" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Please Come Home Mix Extended Version)" - 5:29
  3. "Baby Come Back (Cavallino 12" Remix Rapino Brothers)" - 5:06
  4. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Remix)" - 5:38
  5. "Bob Marley (Reggae Reggae Rasta Rasta)" - 2:10
CD Single #2
  1. "Baby Come Back (Original Version)" - 3:24
  2. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 7" Handbag Mix)" - 3:25
  3. "Baby Come Back (Teryiaky With The Rapino Bros Club Mix)" - 6:25
  4. "Baby Come Back (Rapino 12" Handbag Mix)" - 5:20
  5. "Baby Come Back (Affinity Tranceuro Mix)" - 5:40

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[42] 27

Personnel[edit]

  • Edem Ephraim: Vocals
  • Dennis Fuller: Choreographer, backing vocals
  • Ralf René Maué: Writer, producer
  • The Rapino Brothers: Remixes

Other cover versions[edit]

"Baby Come Back" was covered by many artists, amongst others:

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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