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"Ooo Baby Baby"
Ooo Baby Baby - The Miracles.jpg
Single by The Miracles
from the album Going to a Go-Go
B-side"All That's Good"
ReleasedMarch 5, 1965
Format7" vinyl
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); January 21, 1965
GenreSoul, pop
Length2:48
LabelTamla / T 54113
Songwriter(s)Smokey Robinson
Pete Moore
Producer(s)Smokey Robinson
The Miracles singles chronology
"Come On Do The Jerk"
(1964)
"Ooo Baby Baby"
(1965)
"The Tracks of My Tears"
(1965)

"Ooo Baby Baby" is a song written by Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore. It is a classic 1965 hit single by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. It achieved its greatest commercial success when Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1978 where she reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has inspired numerous other cover versions by other artists over the years, including covers by Ella Fitzgerald, Todd Rundgren, the Five Stairsteps, and many others.

The Miracles Original Version[edit]

Background[edit]

Written by Robinson and fellow Miracle Pete Moore and produced by Robinson, "Ooo Baby Baby" was a number 4 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

A slow, remorseful number, "Ooo Baby Baby" features Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson lamenting the fact that he cheated on his woman, and begging for her to overlook his mistakes and please forgive him. The song's highly emotional feel is supported by the Miracles' tight background vocal harmonies, arranged by Miracles member and song co-author Pete Moore, and a lush orchestral string arrangement that accents The Funk Brothers band's instrumental track.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Miracles' original version of this song as #266 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2] The song is one of the Miracles' most-covered tunes.

On the 2006 Motown DVD The Miracles' Definitive Performances, Pete comments on the song's creation: "In the songs that Smokey and I wrote together, Smokey and Berry kinda left the background vocals to me. And this song "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)", which was one of The Imperials' bigger hits.... When I heard that song, as far as the background (harmonies) were concerned and how (they were structured), I wanted to get the same kind of feeling with Smokey's vocal. So I called Bobby, Ronnie, and Claudette over, and we did the backgrounds for it. I kinda had that particular song in mind...so I wanted to get the same kind of feeling with 'Ooo Baby Baby'."

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Other Credits[edit]

Linda Ronstadt version[edit]

"Ooh Baby Baby"
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Living in the USA
B-side"Blowing Away"
ReleasedOctober 24, 1978
Format7" vinyl
GenreRhythm and blues, soul
Length3:18
LabelAsylum
Songwriter(s)Smokey Robinson
Pete Moore
Producer(s)Peter Asher
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"Back in the U.S.A."
(1978)
"Ooh Baby Baby"
(1978)
"Just One Look"
(1979)

Background[edit]

In 1978, Linda Ronstadt recorded a cover version of "Ooh Baby Baby" and included it on her double-platinum album Living in the USA. Her version of the single reached number 2 on the Contemporary chart and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979 (it also hit the R&B and Country singles charts).[6] Her single was produced by Peter Asher and issued on Asylum Records. Ronstadt performed with Smokey Robinson both "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooh Baby Baby" on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special broadcast on May 16, 1983.

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Miracles > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 5/15/65". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1965/Top 100 Songs of 1965". www.musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Linda Ronstadt > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  8. ^ Tsort. "Song artist 423 - Linda Ronstadt". tsort.info. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/adult-contemporary/1978-12-09
  10. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 1/27/79". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  11. ^ a b Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1979/Top 100 Songs of 1979". www.musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1979". tropicalglen.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  14. ^ The Best of Soul Train Live (booklet). Time Life. 2011.