Baby, I Love You

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"Baby, I Love You"
Baby, I Love You - The Ronettes.jpg
Single by The Ronettes
from the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes
B-side "Miss Joan And Mr. Sam"
Released November 1963
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Philles Records 118
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Phil Spector
The Ronettes singles chronology
"Be My Baby"
(1963)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1963)
"(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up"
(1964)

"Be My Baby"
(1963)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1963)
"(The Best Part of) Breakin' Up"
(1964)

"Baby, I Love You" is a song originally recorded by The Ronettes in 1963 and released on their debut album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (1964). The song was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, and produced by Spector.

Released in November 1963, the single reached number 24 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100, and peaked at number 11 on the UK Pop Chart.[1] Billboard ranked the song as number 56 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[2]

Original recording[edit]

After their lack of success under contract to Colpix Records between 1961 and 1963, the Ronettes ended their Colpix contract and signed with Phil Spector's Philles Records in early 1963. During their first few months with Phil Spector, the Ronettes achieved mainstream success with the release of "Be My Baby" in August 1963, which climbed to number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the Cashbox Hot 100. It was the success of "Be My Baby" which had Spector eager to do a follow-up for the Ronettes in the fall of 1963.

However, a problem arose when the Ronettes were booked to appear on Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" tour across the country.[3]

Phil Spector decided to keep lead singer Ronnie Bennett in California to record "Baby, I Love You" while the other two Ronettes, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, went out on the tour with Dick Clark. Ronnie's cousin, Elaine, took her place on the tour while Ronnie recorded the song at Gold Star Studios in California.[3] Since the other Ronettes proved to be unavailable for recording, Spector used Darlene Love and Cher to complete the backing vocals.[4] The song also featured Leon Russell on piano. "Baby, I Love You" peaked at number 11 in the UK during January 1964, at a time when the Ronettes were touring the UK as the support act to the Rolling Stones.

The song was featured on the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, which was released at the end of 1964.

The song was also on the soundtrack of the film, Nine Months.

Personnel[edit]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1964) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 24
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[6] 6
U.S. Cashbox Hot 100[7] 24
UK Singles Chart 11

Andy Kim version[edit]

"Baby, I Love You"
Baby, I Love You - Andy Kim.jpg
Single by Andy Kim
from the album Baby I Love You
B-side "Gee Girl"
Released May 1969
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:56
Label Steed Records 716
Songwriter(s)
  • Phil Spector
  • Jeff Barry
  • Ellie Greenwich
Producer(s) Jeff Barry
Andy Kim singles chronology
"Tricia Tell Your Daddy"
(1969)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1969)
"So Good Together"
(1969)

"Tricia Tell Your Daddy"
(1969)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1969)
"So Good Together"
(1969)

Andy Kim recorded the song for Jeff Barry's record label Steed Records on his album Baby I Love You (1969). Kim's version became a U.S. Top Ten hit, reaching number 9 in 1969 and earned a gold record.

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Australia KMR 15
Canada RPM Top Singles[8] 1
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary [9] 24
New Zealand (Listener)[10] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 9
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 31
US Cash Box Top 100[13] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1969) Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles [14] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 28
US Cash Box [16] 44

Ramones version[edit]

"Baby, I Love You"
Single by Ramones
from the album End of the Century
Released January 1980
Genre Pop rock, Punk rock
Length 3:47
Label Sire Records 4031
Songwriter(s) Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
Producer(s) Phil Spector
Ramones singles chronology
"She's the One/I Wanna Be Sedated"
(1979)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1980)
"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"
(1980)

"She's the One/I Wanna Be Sedated"
(1979)
"Baby, I Love You"
(1980)
"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"
(1980)

Phil Spector produced the Ramones' cover version of the song which appeared on their album, End of the Century (1980). This single reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980.

Other versions[edit]

In media[edit]

In 2009, the song was used in a TV commercial for the drug Cialis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spector, Ronnie (2004). Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette. New York: New American Library. p. 330. ISBN 0-451-41153-6. 
  2. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 26, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Spector, Ronnie (2004). Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette. New York: New American Library. p. 72. ISBN 0-451-41153-6. 
  4. ^ Spector, Ronnie (2004). Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, or My Life As a Fabulous Ronette. New York: New American Library. ISBN 0-451-41153-6. 
  5. ^ "Hot 100 - Billboard", Billboard, retrieved February 4, 2018 
  6. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart - Billboard", Billboard, retrieved February 10, 2018 
  7. ^ "Cashbox Magazine Hot 100 - week ending February 1, 1964". Cashbox. Archived from the original on August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  9. ^ "RPM Weekly Adult Contemporary August 16, 1969 (Volume 11, No. 26)". Library and Archives Canada. RPM Weekly (archived). Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  10. ^ [ Flavour of New Zealand, 29 August 1969]
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. __. 
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 16, 1969
  14. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.6104&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=mhe12pta2k83e08udtq66ot062
  15. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  16. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 27, 1969