Comin' Home Baby

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"Comin' Home Baby"
Single by Mel Tormé
from the album Comin' Home Baby!
B-side "Right Now"
Released October 1962
Format 45rpm single
Recorded September 13, 1962
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 2:40
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Bob Dorough, Ben Tucker
Mel Tormé singles chronology
"Her Face"
"Comin' Home Baby"
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind"

"Comin' Home Baby" is a song originally written as an instrumental by Ben Tucker and first recorded by the Dave Bailey Quintet in 1961. Bob Dorough then added lyrics, and Herbie Mann recorded that version. The vocal version became a US Top 40 hit for American jazz singer Mel Tormé in 1962, and the song has since been covered numerous times.

Original instrumental recordings[edit]

The tune was first recorded by the Dave Bailey Quintet on 6 October 1961, and issued on 2 Feet in the Gutter. It was composed by Dave Bailey's bassist, Ben Tucker.[1] The original musicians were Frank Haynes (tenor saxophone), Bill Hardman (trumpet), Billy Gardner (piano), Ben Tucker (bass), and Dave Bailey (drums).

The tune was then recorded six weeks later by Herbie Mann, live at the Village Gate, with Tucker again on bass. Mann's recording, produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and released by Atlantic Records in 1962, became popular and drew wider attention to the tune.[2]

Mel Tormé[edit]

Tucker then persuaded his friend, lyricist Bob Dorough (later of Schoolhouse Rock! fame), to write a lyric for the tune, and producer Nesuhi Ertegun persuaded singer Mel Tormé, who had recently joined the Atlantic label, to record it. Tormé was initially reluctant to record the song, and later wrote that: "It was a minor-key blues tune with trite repetitious lyrics and an 'answer' pattern to be sung by the Cookies, a girl trio that had once worked for Ray Charles".[3] The recording took place in New York City on 13 September 1962.[4]

Despite Tormé's reservations, his version of the song, with an arrangement by Claus Ogerman, rose to no.36 on the Billboard pop chart in November 1962, becoming his biggest hit since the early 1950s;[5] it reached no.13 on the UK singles chart.[6] It was also the title track of his album Comin' Home Baby! (with added exclamation mark).[7] Tormé's recording was nominated as Best Male Solo Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm and Blues Performance at the 1963 Grammy Awards.[8]

Later recordings[edit]

The song has been covered numerous times including versions by Quincy Jones, Danny Gatton, Hank Jones, David Sanborn, The Kingsmen and Sergio Mendes, and was musically quoted by The Spencer Davis Group on their 1967 single "I'm A Man".[9][10] Renée Geyer and Paul Kelly on the album Swing (2013)

Michael Bublé[edit]

"Comin' Home Baby"
Single by Michael Bublé featuring Boyz II Men
from the album Call Me Irresponsible
Released April 25, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, Acid Jazz
Length 3:27
Label 143, Reprise
Writer(s) Bob Dorough, Benjamin M. Tucker
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"It Had Better Be Tonight"
"Comin' Home Baby"
"Haven't Met You Yet"

"Comin' Home Baby" was recorded by Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, and released as the fifth and final single from his third studio album, Call Me Irresponsible. The single was released on April 25, 2008, exclusively in Germany. It features vocals from the Grammy Award-winning vocal harmony group Boyz II Men. No video was filmed for the song, and there was little to no promotion, causing the release to not appear in any major charts worldwide, with the exception of Germany, where the song peaked at #17. The digital download package, which was first made available for download on, features a new remix of the track from Frank Popp. A physical version of the single was also made available in Germany.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • German CD single[12]
  1. "Comin' Home Baby" (Frank Popp Remix) - 3:09
  2. "Comin' Home Baby" (Album Version) - 3:27

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
German Singles Chart[13] 17


  1. ^ "The Dave Bailey Quintet - 2 Feet In The Gutter". Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ Herbie Mann, At the Village Gate, Retrieved 19 February 2014
  3. ^ Bob Dorough, "Comin' Home Baby", at Retrieved 19 February 2014
  4. ^ George Hulme, Mel Tormé: a discography, p.2.44. Retrieved 19 February 2014
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 718. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  6. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 791. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 
  7. ^ Comin' Home Baby! at Retrieved 19 February 2014
  8. ^ Grammy awards 1963. Retrieved 19 February 2014
  9. ^ "Herbie Mann's Comin' Home Baby cover of Dave Bailey Quintet's Comin' Home Baby". WhoSampled. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Track Search: Comin' Home Baby". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  11. ^ "Comin' Home Baby (Int'l 2-Track): Michael Bublé: MP3-Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Comin' Home Baby (Int'l 2-Track): Michael Bublé: MP3-Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
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