Take Good Care of My Baby

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For the Bobby Vinton album, see Take Good Care of My Baby (album).
"Take Good Care of My Baby"
Single by Bobby Vee
from the album Take Good Care of My Baby
B-side "Bashful Bob"
Released July 20, 1961
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Recorded 1961
Genre Pop
Length 2:36
Label Liberty
Writer(s) Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Bobby Vee singles chronology
"How Many Tears"/
"Baby Face"
(1961)
"Take Good Care of My Baby"
(1961)
"Run to Him"/
"Walkin' With My Angel"
(1961)

"Take Good Care of My Baby" is a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.[1] The song was made famous by Bobby Vee,[2] when it was released in 1961.

Bobby Vee versions[edit]

While searching for material for Bobby Vee to record, Vee's producer Snuff Garrett heard a demo of Carole King singing "Take Good Care of My Baby". Garrett told publisher Don Kirshner that he wanted the song for Vee, but he believed the song needed an introductory verse. Garrett met with Carole King, and the introductory verse of Vee's version was written.[1]

Bobby Vee released "Take Good Care of My Baby" as a single on July 20, 1961.[3] Vee's recording quickly became popular, spending 15 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 1 on September 21, 1961,[4] and spending three weeks in that position.[5] The song became a major hit internationally as well, reaching No. 1 in Canada,[6] New Zealand,[7] and the United Kingdom.[8]

Among the musicians on the record were Barney Kessel, Tommy Allsup, and Howard Roberts on guitar, Clifford Hills on bass, Robert Florence on piano, and Earl Palmer on drums, while Sid Sharp did the string arrangements.[9] The Johnny Mann Singers sang backup.[10]

Vee re-recorded the song as a ballad in 1972.[1] He released under his real name, Robert Thomas Velline, on his 1972 album Ain't Nothing Like a Sunny Day,[1] and as a single in 1973.[11] However, it is his original version, along with Bobby Vinton's, that remain as staples of oldies radio stations.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
position
Australia (Music Maker)[12] 6
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[6] 1
Hong Kong[13] 2
Ireland[13] 9
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[7][12] 1
United Kingdom (Record Retailer)[14] 3
United Kingdom (NME)[8][nb 1] 1
United Kingdom (Record Mirror)[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 1

Bobby Vinton version[edit]

"Take Good Care of My Baby"
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Take Good Care of My Baby
B-side "Strange Sensations"
Released 1968
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre Pop
Length 2:45
Label Epic
Writer(s) Carole King and Gerry Goffin
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"Just as Much as Ever"
(1967)
"Take Good Care of My Baby"
(1968)
"Halfway to Paradise"
(1968)

In 1968, the song was released by Bobby Vinton as a single and on his album, Take Good Care of My Baby.[16] Vinton's version became a hit, spending 8 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 33,[17] while reaching No. 14 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart,[18][19] No. 36 on Canada's "RPM 100",[20] and No. 16 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[21] Vinton's version omitted the Introduction, plus the first two lines of the repeated refrain.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
Canada (RPM 100)[20] 36
Canada (CHUM Hit Parade)[21] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 33
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[19] 14

Other versions[edit]

Dion recorded a version of the song, which was released on his November 1961 album Runaround Sue.[22] Although Dion's version was released after Bobby Vee's version, Dion's was the first version to be recorded.[1]

The song was covered by The Beatles during their audition at Decca Records on January 1, 1962.[23] Gary Lewis & The Playboys recorded a cover version, which was released on their 1966 album, She's Just My Style.[24]

In 1980, Smokie released a version of the song, which spent seven weeks on the UK Singles Chart, reaching No. 36,[25] while reaching No. 10 in Austria,[26] No. 15 on the Irish Singles Chart,[27] and No. 18 in Germany.[28] It was later released on their 1981 album Solid Ground.[28]

It has also been covered by, among others, Micky Dolenz[29] and German pop star Sasha (Dick Brave and the Backbeats, 2003), whose version reached No. 21 in Germany and No. 52 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40.[30][31]

Answer songs[edit]

An answer song, titled "I'll Take Good Care of Your Baby", was recorded by Ralph Emery. It was released as a single on Liberty F-55383, in 1961.[32] Another answer song, titled "You Should Know I'm Still Your Baby", was recorded by Sammi Lynn. It was released as a single on Sue Records 45-752, in 1961.[33]

In popular culture[edit]

In the Buchanan and Goodman novelty track "Berlin Top Ten", (1961), This song is excerpted when the father, who was a communist party member, wanted to dedicate this song to her daughter, in a settlement in Siberia for sabotaging a Soviot made rocket for putting the "RAMA" in the "RAMA LAMA DING DONG".

From 1999 to 2009, Take Good Care of My Baby was used in adverts for SMA Progress follow-on milk formula.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bobby Vee's "Take Good Care of My Baby" and Frankie Vaughan's "Tower of Strength" were classified jointly as NME's number-one single on 2 December 1961.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard Books. p. 97. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Bobby Vee interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  3. ^ Bobby Vee - Take Good Care of My Baby/Bashful Bob - Liberty - USA - F-55354, 45cat. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Bobby Vee - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed October 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1987). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Billboard Publications, Inc. p. 315.
  6. ^ a b 1050 CHUM - CHUM Charts at the Wayback Machine (archived February 28, 2006). Chart No. 234, October 02, 1961. CHUM. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Lever Hit Parade" 02-Nov-1961, Flavour of New Zealand. Accessed October 12, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Billboard Music Week Hits of the World", Billboard, December 4, 1961. p. 19. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  9. ^ September 18, 2016 at 7:57am post, The Wrecking Crew verified page, Facebook.com. September 18, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Bobby Vee - Take Good Care of My Baby/Bashful Bob - Liberty - USA - F-55354, 45cat. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Robert Thomas Velline - Take Good Care of My Baby, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Billboard Music Week Hits of the World", Billboard, October 30, 1961. p. 46. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Billboard Music Week Hits of the World", Billboard, December 25, 1961. p. 14. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Bobby Vee". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Smith, Alan. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". Dave McAleer's website. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vinton". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Bobby Vinton - Chart History - The Hot 100, Billboard.com. Accessed October 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Bobby Vinton - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Billboard.com. Accessed October 9, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Billboard Top 40 Easy Listening", Billboard, May 4, 1968. p. 49. Accessed October 9, 2016.
  20. ^ a b "RPM 100", RPM Weekly, Volume 9, No. 11, May 11, 1968. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  21. ^ a b CHUM Hit Parade – Week of April 22, 1968 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 7, 2006). Chart No. 585. CHUM. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  22. ^ Dion - Take Good Care of My Baby, norwegiancharts.com. Accessed October 9, 2016.
  23. ^ Womack, Kenneth (June 30, 2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, ABC-CLIO. p. 885. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  24. ^ "She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & The Playboys". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  25. ^ Smokie - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  26. ^ Smokie - Take Good Care of My Baby, austriancharts.at. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  27. ^ Song Title Search Results for "Take Good Care of My Baby", The Irish Charts. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  28. ^ a b Smokie - Take Good Care of My Baby, norwegiancharts.com. Accessed October 10, 2016.
  29. ^ "Take Good Care of My Baby - Micky Dolenz". AllMusic. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  30. ^ Dick Brave and the Backbeats - Take Good Care of My Baby, norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  31. ^ Dick Brave and the Backbeats - Take Good Care of My Baby, austriancharts.at. Accessed October 12, 2016.
  32. ^ "Reviews of New Singles", Billboard, October 23, 1961. p. 41. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  33. ^ Sammi Lynn - You Should Know I'm Still Your Baby/Blue Butterfly - Sue - USA - 752, 45cat. Retrieved October 12, 2016.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Michael" by The Highwaymen
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
(Bobby Vee version)

September 18, 1961 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles