You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby

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"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"
Featured in the 1938 film Hard to Get
Song by Dick Powell
Composer(s)Harry Warren
Lyricist(s)Johnny Mercer

"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" is a popular song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, published in 1938. It was featured in the Warner Brothers movie Hard to Get, released November 1938, in which it was sung by Dick Powell.[1]

The biggest-selling hit version was recorded by Bing Crosby,[1][2] with Bob Crosby and his orchestra while other contemporaneous hit versions included recordings by Tommy Dorsey (with vocal by Edythe Wright) and Russ Morgan.[1] It was also revived by Bobby Darin in 1961, reaching the charts again that year.[1] The song has been recorded by many other artists (see below for a partial list) and is considered a popular standard. It was used frequently in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, also produced by Warner Brothers, under the musical direction of Carl W. Stalling.[3]

Recorded versions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Gardner, Edward Foote (2000). Popular Songs of the 20th Century: Chart Detail & Encyclopedia, 1900-1949. St. Paul, Minnesota: Paragon House. ISBN 1-55778-789-1.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Joel Whitburn Presents a Century of Pop Music. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research. ISBN 0-89820-135-7.
  3. ^ "The Looney Tunes Songbook".
  4. ^ a b Decca Records in the 2000 to 2499 series
  5. ^ Victor Records in the 26000 to 26499 series
  6. ^ a b Bluebird Records in the 7500 to 7999 series
  7. ^ a b Montgomery Ward Records in the 7500 to 7999 series
  8. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Conqueror Records in the 9000 to 9499 series
  10. ^ Capitol Records in the 500 to 999 series
  11. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-1500 to 20-1999 series
  12. ^ Atco Records in the 6050 to 6792 series
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 129.
  14. ^ Brunswick Records in the 8000 to 8517 series
  15. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-2000 to 20-2499 series