Baby It's You

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"Baby It's You"
Single by The Shirelles
from the album Baby It's You
B-side"The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words)"
Format7" single
Bell Sound Studios, New York
Producer(s)Luther Dixon
The Shirelles singles chronology
"Big John (Ain't You Gonna Marry Me)"
"Baby It's You" / "The Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words)"
"Soldier Boy"
Singles from Baby It's You
  1. "Big John (Ain't You Gonna Marry Me)"
    Released: September 1961
  2. "Baby It's You"
    Released: 1961
  3. "Soldier Boy"
    Released: March 1962

"Baby It's You" is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music), Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams),[1] and Mack David (lyrics). It was recorded by the Shirelles and the Beatles, and became hits for both. The highest-charting version of "Baby It's You" was by the band Smith, who took the song to number five on the US charts in 1969.[2]

The Shirelles' original version[edit]

The song was produced by Luther Dixon. When released as a single in 1961, the song became very popular, becoming a Top 10 smash on the Pop and R&B Charts, reaching number three on the R&B chart and peaking at number eight on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.[3] It later appeared on the album Baby It's You, named to capitalize upon the success of the single. The vocal arrangements on this version proved influential in subsequent versions, including that by the Beatles, who used the same one. One notable feature of the song is its minor-to-major key chord changes on the verses.

The Beatles version[edit]

"Baby It's You"
Baby Its You sheet music.jpg
Cover of the song's sheet music
Song by the Beatles
from the album Please Please Me
ReleasedMarch 22, 1963
RecordedFebruary 11 & 20, 1963
EMI Studios, London
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Barney Williams
Producer(s)George Martin
"Baby It's You"
Single by the Beatles
from the album Live at the BBC
ReleasedMarch 20, 1995
Formatvinyl record 7"
CD single
RecordedJune 1, 1963
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Barney Williams
Producer(s)George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"The Beatles Movie Medley"
"Baby It's You"
"Free as a Bird"

English rock group the Beatles performed "Baby It's You" as part of their stage act from 1961 until 1963, and recorded it on February 11, 1963 for their first album, Please Please Me, along with "Boys", another song by the Shirelles.[4] American label Vee-Jay Records included it on Introducing... The Beatles and Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles. Capitol included it on The Early Beatles. The Beatles' version differs to the Shirelles' by repeating the second verse instead of the first.[5]

A live version was released on Live at the BBC in 1994. On this version, Lennon does not repeat part of the second verse after the solo (as he did on the studio version), but repeats part of the first verse, which is the way the Shirelles sang the song.[6] The song was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single in 1995 in both the UK and the US, the Beatles' first in nearly a decade. Both versions have four tracks, making it an EP instead of a regular issue single. The three additional tracks, while from BBC recordings, did not appear on Live at the BBC. Tracks 2 and 4 were later included on On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, but this recording of track 3 remains unique to this release. The single reached number seven in the UK and number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.

1995 release track listing
  1. "Baby It's You" (Bacharach/David/Williams) – 2:45
  2. "I'll Follow the Sun" (Lennon–McCartney) – 1:51
  3. "Devil in Her Heart" (Drapkin) – 2:23
  4. "Boys" (Dixon/Farrell) – 2:29

Music video[edit]

A live music video was released in 1994 to promote the single. It consisted of a combination of the Beatles dancing and still photographs, and was later included on a DVD or Blu-ray that comes with the 2015 release 1+.



Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 43
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 94
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 30
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 67

Smith version[edit]

"Baby It's You"
Single by Smith
from the album A Group Called Smith
Format7" single
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Burt Bacharach, Mack David and Barney Williams

Smith's version appeared on their debut album, A Group Called Smith. The single was released on Dunhill 4206 in 1969. It was their first and most successful release. This version alters the traditional vocal arrangement as performed by the Shirelles and the Beatles in favor of a more belted, soulful vocal. The single hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Smith version was used in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.[16]

The Carpenters version[edit]

The Carpenters recorded a version of "Baby It's You" in 1970 for their album Close to You. Although it wasn't released as a single, it was performed on their TV series, Make Your Own Kind of Music in 1971. It was also featured on the UK compilation, Reflections in 1998 with a special remix done by Richard Carpenter in 1991.

Other versions[edit]

A number of other well-known artists have recorded covers of the song, among them:


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