When Something Is Wrong with My Baby

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"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
Single by Sam & Dave
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
Writer(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)

"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]

The song was covered by: 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", Johnny Gill on his 1983 self-titled debut album, and again by Patti LaBelle and Travis Tritt in 1994. In Australia, the song was also covered by John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes in the middle of 1991, where it reached number 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart and number 6 in New Zealand.[3][4] It was featured on Barnes' 1991 album, Soul Deep. 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.[5]

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.

Johnny Gill version[edit]

"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
Single by Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill
B-side "Half Steppin'"[6]
Released 1983 (1983)
Genre R&B
Length 3:58
Label Cotillion
Writer(s)
  • Isaac Hayes
  • David Porter
Producer(s) Freddie Perren[7]
Johnny Gill singles chronology
"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.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983)[8] Peak
position
US R&B Singles (Billboard) 57

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. ^ Hung, Steffen. "John Farnham discography". Australian Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography John Farnham". New Zealand Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 
  6. ^ "Johnny Gill - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby / Half Steppin' (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Image". Discogs. Zink Media. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Johnny Gill | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 

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