When Something Is Wrong with My Baby

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"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
Single by Sam & Dave
from the album Double Dynamite
B-side "Small Portion of Your Love"
Released 1967
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1967
Genre Soul, R&B, Blues
Length 3:17
Label Stax/Atlantic
S-210
Songwriter(s) Isaac Hayes, David Porter
Producer(s) Isaac Hayes
David Porter
Booker T. & the MG's
Sam & Dave singles chronology
"You Got Me Hummin'"
(1966)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1967)
"Soothe Me"
(1967)
"You Got Me Hummin'"
(1966)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1967)
"Soothe Me"
(1967)

"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" is a classic hit song, a soul ballad, written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, recorded in Memphis and sung by Sam & Dave, and first released in 1967 by Stax Records.[1][2]

Personnel[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in 2012 film Stand Up Guys, in a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance with him. It's also featured in 1995 film Dead Presidents.

Johnny Gill version[edit]

"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
Johnny Gill - When Something Is Wrong with My Baby single cover.jpg
Single by Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill
B-side "Half Steppin'"[3]
Released 1983 (1983)
Genre R&B
Length 3:58
Label Cotillion
Songwriter(s)
  • Isaac Hayes
  • David Porter
Producer(s) Freddie Perren[4]
Johnny Gill singles chronology
"Super Love"
(1983)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1983)
"Perfect Combination" / "Heartbreak Look"
(1984)
"Super Love"
(1983)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1983)
"Perfect Combination"/"Heartbreak Look"
(1984)
Johnny Gill track listing
"Guilty"
(4)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(5)
"Every Radio"
(6)

In 1983, American contemporary R&B singer Johnny Gill covered "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" and included it on his first eponymous album. The song was issued as the second and final single from the album; and it peaked at #57 on the Billboard R&B chart.[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983)[5] Peak
position
US R&B Singles (Billboard) 57

Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham version[edit]

"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
When Something is Wrong with my Baby Barnes Farnham.jpg
Single by Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham
from the album Soul Deep
B-side "All I Got"
Released October 1991
Format 7", CD single
Recorded Freight Train Studios, Australia
Genre R&B
Length 4:56
Label Mushroom Records
Songwriter(s) Isaac Hayes, David Porter
Producer(s) Don Gehman
Jimmy Barnes singles chronology
"I Gotcha!"
(1991)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1991)
"String Module Error: Match not found"
(1992)
"I Gotcha!"
(1991)
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1991)
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough
(1992)
John Farnham singles chronology
"In Days to Come"
(1991) In Days to Come1991
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
(1991) When Something Is Wrong with My Baby1991
"Please Don't Ask Me"
(1991) Please Don't Ask Me1991

In 1991, Australian singers Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham recorded and released "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" as the second single from Barnes' fifth studio album, Soul Deep. Released on 27 October 1991, the song peaked at Number 3 in Australia and Number 6 in New Zealand.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD single (D11048)
  1. "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" - 4:56
  2. "All I Got" (Jimmy Barnes) - 4:20

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991/92) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 6

Other versions[edit]

The song was covered by: Otis Redding & Carla Thomas in 1967; by Charlie Rich in 1967; Sonny James in 1976; Hall & Oates with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations at their Apollo Theatre concert in New York City 1985; Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville as a Top Five duet in 1990 - from the Triple Platinum album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, and again by Patti LaBelle and Travis Tritt in 1994 and by Frankie Miller in 1994. It has also been covered by the Dutch singer Herman Brood. Guy Sebastian sung the song in a duet with Jimmy Barnes and original Stax band Booker T. & the MG's in Sydney during the Memphis Tour Concert (Friday, 7 March 2008).[citation needed]

A cover by American country music artist Joe Stampley peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1985.[9]

American folk-rock band Dawes has covered this song a multitude of times live, sung at some shows by Lenny Goldsmith, father of Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 42
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S-List". staxrecords.free.fr. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  2. ^ Hirshey, Gerri (1994). Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music. New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 311–312. ISBN 0-306-80581-2. 
  3. ^ "Johnny Gill - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby / Half Steppin' (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Image". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Johnny Gill | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "JIMMY BARNES & JOHN FARNHAM - WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY (SONG)". Australian-Charts. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham – When Something Is Wrong with My Baby". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Jimmy Barnes and John Farnham – When Something Is Wrong with My Baby". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  10. ^ "Sam Dave Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Sam Dave Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2018.

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