Baby, Come to Me (Patti Austin and James Ingram song)
|"Baby, Come to Me"|
A-side label of US vinyl single
|Single by Patti Austin and James Ingram|
|from the album Every Home Should Have One|
|Released||April 1982; October 1982|
|Patti Austin singles chronology|
"Baby, Come to Me" is a love ballad from Patti Austin's 1981 album Every Home Should Have One, sung as a duet by Austin and James Ingram. It was written by Rod Temperton (formerly of Heatwave). The song was released as a single in April 1982, peaking at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, several months later the popular American soap opera General Hospital began to feature the song heavily, as the love theme for the character Luke Spencer. The single was re-released in October 1982, and reached #1 on the chart in February 1983.
The song was performed by Patti Austin and James Ingram, with Michael McDonald contributing background vocals. Produced by Quincy Jones, the song appears on Austin's 1981 album, Every Home Should Have One. When first released as a single, it charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 for just four weeks, peaking at number 73 on May 8, 1982..
Later that year, it gained new exposure as the romantic theme song for Luke Spencer, a leading character on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. ABC received so many inquiries about the song that Warner Brothers decided to re-release "Baby, Come to Me" as a single. On October 16, 1982, the song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100. It reached #1 on February 19, 1983, where it stayed for two weeks, and spent seven months on the Hot 100. It also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1983 and reached #11 in the UK in March 1983.
- Backing Vocals and Vocals: James Ingram
- Lead and Backing Vocals: Patti Austin
- Drums: John Robinson
- Bass: Eddie Watkins, Jr.
- Guitar: Steve Lukather
- Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes
- Fender Rhodes: Richard Tee
- Synthesizers: Greg Phillinganes, David Foster, Michael Boddicker, Rod Temperton
- Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
- Arrangement: Rod Temperton
- Recording engineer: Bruce Swedien
- Mixing: Bruce Swedien
- Mastering: Bernie Grundman
Among artists who have covered the song are:
- Shirley Bassey
- Laura Fygi
- Daryl Hall and Kenny G
- Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle
- Captain and Tennille
- Stephanie Winslow
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1983
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1983 (U.S.)
- Rise (instrumental), another song popularized by connection with Luke Spencer on General Hospital
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- "UK Official Singles Chart", UK Official Charts Company
- "Music: Top 100 - Billboard Hot 100", Billboard
- "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard", Billboard
- "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart - Billboard", Billboard
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- "Top 100 Hits of 1983/Top 100 Songs of 1983". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
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