Everybody Loves My Baby
"Everybody Loves My Baby", also known as "Everybody Loves My Baby, but My Baby Don't Love Nobody but Me", is a popular and jazz standard song composed by Spencer Williams in 1924. Lyrics were written by Jack Palmer.
One important early recording was a young Louis Armstrong's, with Clarence Williams' Blue Five on November 6, 1924, New York, NY. Released as a single: "Everybody Loves My Baby (but My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)" (Palmer, Jack; Williams, Spencer) [master S-72-959-B] – Okeh 8181. Featuring: Williams, Clarence (Piano, Director); Taylor, Eva (Vocal); Armstrong, Louis (Cornet); Thompson, Aaron (Trombone); Bailey, Buster (Soprano Saxophone); and Christian, Buddy (Banjo).
The opening phrases of the song's lyrics are featured in a fine early Langston Hughes poem, "The Cat and the Saxophone, 2am" (1926), about a couple's interactions at a jazz club in the 1920s.
The song remained popular for decades and continues to be performed regularly in the 21st century.
The Boswell Sisters recorded a version of this song in 1932.
Notable recordings include a top-ten country hit by the Hoosier Hot Shots (1941), and a "now-sound" instrumental by King Richard's Fluegel Knights that peaked at Easy Listening position #11 in 1967.
Glenn Miller and the AAFTC Orchestra released the song as V-Disc 223A in July 1944.
Julie Andrews sang a short version as part of a medley of songs from the era in concert in 1977, which is included on the Japanese-released RCA LP An Evening with Julie Andrews which, as of this writing, has never been released on CD.
Barbra Streisand sang it on her 1967 CBS TV special The Belle of 14th Street and was also recorded for a Columbia Records release. However, due to the poor critical and public response to the show, the album was never released.
It is sung in Series 3, Episode 1 of Jeeves and Wooster.
It is sung onstage in Season 4, Episode 7 of Boardwalk Empire.
Note that the song has often sung by a woman about her man, but the lyrics are adaptable enough that either a man or a woman may sing it.
The song title (more specifically, the double negative grammatically corrected "...but my baby loves nobody but me" in some covered versions) has frequently led teachers and students of predicate logic to jestingly accuse the song's narrator of narcissism: The first half of the title, "everybody loves my baby," implies "my baby loves my baby." The second half, "my baby loves nobody but me" (formally, "if I am not a given person, then my baby does not love that person"), is logically equivalent to "if my baby loves a given person, then I am that person." The latter statement implies "if my baby loves my baby, then I am my baby." From "if my baby loves my baby, then I am my baby" and "my baby loves my baby" it follows that "I am my baby."  (Throughout the above, the universe of discourse is restricted to persons.)
- See the online Louis Armstrong Discography for more information.
- Everybody Loves My Baby at jazzstandards.com - retrieved on March 23, 2009
- Al Hirt, Beauty and the Beard Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- See, e.g., http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/hill/pl330/Homework.htm: problem set 13, problem 4
- An alternative route changes the order of the contrapositive and the instantiation: As above, "everybody loves my baby" implies that "my baby loves my baby." As for the second half of the title, "if I am not a given person, my baby does not love that person" implies "if I am not my baby, then my baby does not love my baby." The latter is logically equivalent to "if my baby loves my baby, then I am my baby." From "if my baby loves my baby, then I am my baby" and "my baby loves my baby" it follows that "I am my baby." Again, universe of discourse is restricted to persons.