Baby Face (1926 song)

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"Baby Face"
Published 1926
Composer Harry Akst
Lyricist Benny Davis
Recorded by Jan Garber, Al Jolson, The Revelers, Harold Arlen, Little Richard, Elis Regina, Bobby Darin, Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps, Vampire Rodents, Paul McCartney
Performed by The Kinks

"Baby Face" is a popular song. The music was written by Harry Akst, the lyrics by Benny Davis. The song was published in 1926. That same year, Jan Garber had a number one hit with the song.

Swan Districts, an Australian Rules club in the WAFL since 1934, bases its club song on this tune.

Recorded by many[edit]

"Baby Face" was performed and recorded by many recording artists of the time, including Al Jolson. It has remained a commonly performed song.

In 1958 Little Richard peaked at #12 on the R&B chart and #41 on the pop chart with his version of the song.[1] It was also a huge hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #2 in January 1959.

In 1962 American singer Bobby Darin recorded a version as a single.

In 1967 a refrain was mixed with the Hallelujah chorus in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

In 1974, in the Paul McCartney and Wings special One Hand Clapping, McCartney performed the song at a piano. He later sang the song on his 2007 Secret Tour.

In late 1975, disco studio group Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps recorded a version of the song where it peaked at number two for two weeks on the disco chart.[2] This version also went to #32 on the soul chart and #14 on the Hot 100[3] during the winter of 1976. In the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at #12, in February 1976, spending 7 weeks within the Top 50.

Other major recordings of the song have been (listed alphabetically) by:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 356. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 282. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 632.