Yes Sir, That's My Baby (song)

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"Yes Sir, That's My Baby"
Cover of the sheet music of "Yes Sire! That's My Baby"
Sheet music cover, 1925
GenrePop standard
Composer(s)Walter Donaldson
Lyricist(s)Gus Kahn

"Yes Sir, That's My Baby" is a popular U.S. song from 1925. The music was written by Walter Donaldson and the lyrics by Gus Kahn. It is now in the public domain.


The chorus begins, "Yes sir, that's my baby, no sir, don't mean maybe. Yes sir, that's my baby now."

According to one source, the song was written when Donaldson and Kahn were visiting Eddie Cantor. Cantor's daughter Marjorie brought out one of her favorite toys, a walking mechanical pig. She wound it up and it started walking in rhythm while two notes kept coming from the little creature. Kahn was inspired and started working lyrics to these notes in rhythm with the pig, coming up with the title and opening line of the chorus in short order.[1]

1925 recordings[edit]

Successful 1925 recordings include:

Later recordings[edit]

The song is a standard that has been recorded by hundreds of artists in various genres, including:

International re-recordings[edit]

  • A Yiddish version entitled "Yes Sir, Iz May Kalleh" (Yes Sir, That's My Bride) was recorded by Peisachke Burstein. In German, the song was titled "Küss' mich, Schnucki-Putzi".
  • In 1956 Bruno and his Quirinetta orchestra recorded in Italian the song entitled Il vero charleston "Lola" (The Real Charleston "Lola"), with lyrics by Borella, (CGD, ND 9006).
  • The song was also sung by Jason Robards and Barry Gordon in the 1965 feature film A Thousand Clowns.[9]
  • Bram Morrison and young singer Debbie Fruitman sing together on Sharon, Lois & Bram's album One Elephant, Deux Éléphants.[10]
  • The song was sung in Italian by Duo Fasano (Fasano sisters duo)[11] and the famous Italian singer Raffaella Carrà in 1973. The song was titled "Lola" and talks about a girl (Lola) that the singer is convincing to dance the Charleston.[12]
  • It was also remade by a Czech group Verona in 2011 with completely new lyrics and named "Hey Boy", becoming a holiday hit on local radio stations. Czech and Slovak listeners know the song from the traffic-information program "Pozor, zákruta" (Watch out, turning), which has been broadcast since 1966 by Czechoslovak Radio, which took the instrumental version of that song as its signature.[13] With older Czech lyrics titled "Že se nestydíte" by Jan Werich this song was performed by the Karel Vlach orchestra in the Rokoko theatre (Prague, 1963).[14]
  • The Swedish band Onkel Kånkel recorded a version of the song called "Spetälske Leffe" (Leprous Leffe) for their 1990 album Kalle Anka Suger Pung.
  • The song's title is the name of a spaceship in the John Scalzi book The Collapsing Empire, often referred to as "the Yes, Sir".
  • A French version entitled "Chacun son truc" (To Each His Own) was recorded by Maurice Chevalier in 1926 with completely new lyrics by Paul Briquet.[15] "Le baryton populaire" Louis Lynel [fr] records the song under Belgium label "Chantal De Luxe".[16] Supposed that this song was also performed by Tino Rossi, but no full records were found, only in medley.[17] In 1956 Pierre Arvay and his orchestra recorded the same Charleston entitled now "C'est elle qui ordonne" (It Is She Who Orders) for their album "Chansons 1925".[18] The song was sung by Christian Duvaleix, the French actor, director, and screenwriter. This album was also released in 2011.[19]
  • Walter Donaldson's music was used as an exercise in Russian children's music schools and was entitled "Каникулы" (Holidays).[20]
  • It was adapted to Spanish by Roberto Parra (Chilean singer-songwriter) and recorded in 1995 by Los Tres (Chilean rock band) under the title "Quién Es La Que Viene Allí" (Who's Coming Down) for their live acoustic album Los Tres MTV Unplugged
  • Tipica 73 quotes the main refrain for the song in a segment of its version of the Cuban song “Amalia Batista.”

Film appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Yes Sir, That's My Baby by Eddie Cantor Songfacts
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 615. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.
  3. ^ Ewald, William (1953-06-08). "Song Writers Guarantee New Record Worst". Oxnard Press-Courier. United Press. p. 9. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 516.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 605.
  8. ^ James Booker: Classified Remixed & Expanded, Rounder, 2013-10-15, retrieved 2018-09-17
  9. ^ That's My Baby - YouTube[dead link].
  10. ^ Yes Sir, You're My Baby by Sharon, Lois, and Bram on YouTube.
  11. ^ Lola, Duo Fasano on YouTube.
  12. ^ Lola, Italian version lyric.
  13. ^ Tenkrát v rozhlase - 1966
  14. ^ Darek Vostřel & Jiří Šašek - Že se nestydíte [1963 Vinyl Records 45rpm] on YouTube.
  15. ^ Chacun son truc on YouTube.
  16. ^ Le baryton populaire on YouTube.
  17. ^ Charlestons medley on YouTube.
  18. ^ Chansons 1925.
  19. ^ C'est elle qui ordonne on YouTube.
  20. ^ Holidays on YouTube