Come Back Baby

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"Come Back Baby"
Song by Walter Davis
Written 1940
Published 1940
Length 2:46
Writer(s) Walter Davis

"Come Back Baby" is a slow blues number written and recorded by the blues singer and pianist Walter Davis in 1940.

Ray Charles's version, under the title "Come Back" and with songwriting credited to Charles, was released as the B-side to Charles's 1954 single, "I Got a Woman". The song received airplay and peaked at number four on the R&B singles chart. It later appeared as "Come Back Baby" on his 1956 album Ray Charles, with songwriting still credited to Charles.

Lowell Fulson recorded in early 1950.

Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker recorded multiple versions.

Dave Van Ronk, accompanying himself on guitar, included it on his 1963 Folkways recording Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger.

Bert Jansch covered the song on his 1967 album Nicola.

Aretha Franklin later covered the song in a faster-paced version in 1967, featured on her Lady Soul album. Footage of Franklin recording the song can be found on a PBS documentary about her life. Franklin included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris (1968).

Love Sculpture covered the song in 1967, on their Blues Helping album.

Eric Clapton covered the song on his 2001 album Reptile. Jorma Kaukonen also covered the song on his 2007 album Stars in My Crown.

Johnny Winter covered the song on his 2011 album Roots, featuring John Medeski (from Medeski Martin & Wood) on organ.

Pat Donohue (member of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion) covered the song on his 2011 album Nobody's Fault.


Ray Charles version[edit]

  • Lead vocal and piano by Ray Charles
  • Instrumentation by the Ray Charles Orchestra
  • Produced by Jerry Wexler

Aretha Franklin version[edit]