When Something Is Wrong with My Baby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"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
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'"
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
"Soothe Me"

"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]


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
  • Isaac Hayes
  • David Porter
Producer(s) Freddie Perren[4]
Johnny Gill singles chronology
"Super Love"
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
"Perfect Combination"/"Heartbreak Look"
Johnny Gill track listing
"When Something Is Wrong with My Baby"
"Every Radio"

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
US R&B Singles (Billboard) 57

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. 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.[6][7] 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.[8]

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.


  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. ^ Hung, Steffen. "John Farnham discography". Australian Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography John Farnham". New Zealand Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 318. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8. 

External links[edit]