I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

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"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album John Wesley Harding
Released December 27, 1967
Recorded November 29, 1967
Genre Country[1]
Length 2:34
Label Columbia
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Bob Johnston
John Wesley Harding track listing
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
Single by Robert Palmer and UB40
from the album Don't Explain
B-side "Deep End"
Released 1990
Format CD single, CD maxi,
7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1990
Genre Reggae
Length 3:26
Label EMI
Writer(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Robert Palmer
UB40 chronology
"Wear You to the Ball"
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
"Impossible Love"
Robert Palmer chronology
"Life in Detail"
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
"You're Amazing"

"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" is a 1967 song by Bob Dylan[1] first released on John Wesley Harding. It features Pete Drake on pedal steel guitar.

The song has been covered by many artists, most notably by Robert Palmer and UB40 in 1990.

Robert Palmer and UB 40 version[edit]

In 1990, Robert Palmer and UB40 released a cover version of the song. It was released as a single in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. It appears on Robert Palmer's albums Don't Explain and on the 1995 best of The Very Best of. The song was successful, particularly in Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and Austria where it reached the top ten on the singles charts, and also secured a number six placing in the UK.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" — 3:26
  2. "Deep End" — 4:33
  • CD single
  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" — 3:26
  2. "Deep End" — 4:33
  • CD maxi
  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" — 3:30
  2. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (extended version) — 7:25
  3. "Deep End" — 4:33
  • 12" single
  1. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (extended version) — 7:25
  2. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" — 3:30
  3. "Deep End" — 4:33


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[2] 24
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 5
Dutch Top 40[4] 5
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 25
German Singles Chart[3] 14
Irish Singles Chart[5] 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 5
UK Singles Chart[6] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 14

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
February 1, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Do The Bartman" by The Simpsons

Other recordings[edit]

Bobby Sherman covered the song on the ABC TV series The Music Scene in 1970.


  1. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 10 - Tennessee Firebird: American country music before and after Elvis. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  2. ^ Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  3. ^ a b c d e f "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 12, 2008)
  4. ^ Nederlandse Top 40 Top40.nl (Retrieved June 08, 2009)
  5. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Chartstats.com (Retrieved February 12, 2008)
  7. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 9, 2008)
  8. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 9, 2008)

External links[edit]


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