Baby Blue (George Strait song)

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"Baby Blue"
Single by George Strait
from the album If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'
B-side "Back to Bein' Me"
Released April 25, 1988
Format 7" single
Recorded September 29, 1987
Genre Country
Length 3:32
Label MCA 53340
Writer(s) Aaron Barker
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"Famous Last Words of a Fool"
(1988)
"Baby Blue"
(1988)
"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"
(1988)

"Baby Blue" is a song written by Aaron Barker, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in April 1988 as the second single from his album If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'. It was a number-one hit in the United States,[1] while it peaked at number 3 in Canada.

Content[edit]

The narrator talks about a girl with baby blue eyes who had a profound impact on his life. She was in his life for a short time, but he still thinks of her often, especially when he sees the skies that her eyes matched in color. Though it has never been confirmed, it has long been thought that Strait sang this song for his daughter, Jennifer, who died at 13 in an automobile accident in San Marcos, Texas.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, calling it "another one of Strait’s smoothest pop performances, with just enough country touches in the production to keep his traditionalist credentials intact." Coyne states that "taken literally as a love gone wrong song, it’s a beautiful piece of work."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
positions
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 336. 
  2. ^ a b CountryUniverse.net Song review
  3. ^ "George Strait – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't We All Have the Right"
by Ricky Van Shelton
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 6, 1988
Succeeded by
"Don't Close Your Eyes"
by Keith Whitley