Baby, Come to Me (Patti Austin and James Ingram song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Baby, Come to Me"
A-side label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Patti Austin and James Ingram
from the album Every Home Should Have One
B-side "Solero"
Released April 1982; October 1982
Recorded 1981
Genre R&B
Length 3:31
Label Qwest
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Patti Austin singles chronology
"Every Home Should Have One"
"Baby, Come to Me"
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing?"

"Baby, Come to Me" is a classic love ballad written by Rod Temperton (formerly of Heatwave) and sung in duet by Patti Austin and James Ingram.


Patti Austin
James Ingram

The original version, performed by Patti Austin and James Ingram (with Michael McDonald contributing background vocals), and produced by Quincy Jones, appears on Austin's 1981 album, Every Home Should Have One. When first released as a single, it had minor chart success in the spring 1982, spending one month on the pop singles chart and peaking at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. It did, however, reach number 11 in the UK.

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 in October. It then spent seven more months on the chart, reaching number one on the Hot 100 for two weeks, and also hit number one Adult Contemporary charts in early 1983.[1]

Among artists who have covered the song are Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle, the Captain and Tennille, Shirley Bassey, Dalida, Daryl Hall, Laura Fygi, and Stephanie Winslow.

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^