Baby, It’s Cold Outside

______________________________

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (words and music: Frank Loesser)

Citing the book  A Most Remarkable Fella: Frank Loesser and the Guys and Dolls in His Life; A Portrait by His Daughter by Susan Loesser (1993) pp. 79–81, Wikipedia provides a bit of the song’s history:

Loesser wrote the duet in 1944 and premiered the song with his wife, Lynn Garland, at their Navarro Hotel housewarming party, and performed it toward the end of the evening, signifying to guests that it was nearly time to end the party. Garland considered it “their song” and was furious when Loesser sold the song to MGM.[2]

In 1948, after years of informally performing the song at various parties, Loesser sold its rights to MGM, which inserted the song into its 1949 motion picture, Neptune’s Daughter.[2] The film featured two performances of the song: one by Ricardo Montalbán and Esther Williams and the other by Red Skelton and Betty Garrett, the second of which has the roles of wolf and mouse reversed. These performances earned Loesser an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[1]

Frank Loesser and Lynn Garland — date unknown

.

Esther Williams and Richardo Montalbán, Neptune’s Daughter (1949)-2-c1-px1

Esther Williams and Richardo Montalbán in Neptune’s Daughter (1949)

.

The earliest recordings include the following, all from 1949 (adapted from Wikipedia):

  • Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark — recorded on March 17 and released by Columbia Records. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 6, 1949, and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four.
  • Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer — recorded on March 18 and released by Capitol Records. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 6, 1949, and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four.
  • Don Cornell and Laura Leslie with the Sammy Kaye orchestra — recorded on April 12 and released by RCA Victor Records. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on June 24, 1949, and lasted 10 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 13.[3]
  • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan —  recorded April 28 and released by Decca Records. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on June 17, 1949 and lasted seven weeks on the chart, peaking at number 17.[3]
  • Non-charting recordings include:
    • Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban, recorded on April 7, 1949 released by MGM Records as catalog number 30197.
    • Pearl Bailey and Hot Lips Page, recorded on June 23, 1949 released by Harmony Records as catalog number 1049.
    • Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton

1949 recordings

Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark — recorded in February 1949; issued on the 78 rpm single Decca 38463, c/w “My One and Only Highland Fling”

.

.

Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston and his Orchestra — recorded on 18 March 1949; issued on Capitol 567, c/w “I Never Heard You Say”

______________

Don Cornell and Laura Leslie with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra

____________________

Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five

_________________

Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton

________________

Later versions:

Carmen McRae and Sammy Davis, Jr., 1957

.

Dean Martin, 1959

_______________

Ray Charles and Betty Carter — 1961

Wikipedia says,

The 1961 Ray Charles/Betty Carter version is the only version that has charted on The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (1958 to present); it peaked at # 91 in March 1962. This version was used in the 1990s on the program A Different World.

.

Al Hirt and Ann-Margret – from their collaboration Beauty and the Beard, released 1964

______________

Dianne Reeves & Lou Rawls, released 1998(?)

.

Steve Tyrell and Jane Monheit – from Tyrell’s 2001 album Standard Time

______________

christmas-scene-home-with-anim-snow

_______________

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rob Walsh
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 04:27:36

    There’s also a recording of “Baby Its Cold Outside by Holly Cole (year?), Tom Jones & Catatonia (year?), Eddie Fisher & June ? (1955). Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme (1964), Vanessa Williams & Bobby Caldwell (1996), Lee Ann Womack & Harry Connick Jr. (2002), Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel (2003), Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey (2004), Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton (2004) and Dean Martin (post mortem) & Martina McBride (2007).

    Reply

    • doc
      Feb 25, 2011 @ 19:09:42

      Hi Rob,
      Thanks for the help. Yes, while constructing that page I did find many of the ones you mention but they were omitted for a variety of reasons, including:

      * Eddie Fisher (1955) — Not found.
      * Steve & Eydie — Onsite playing disabled by YouTube.
      * Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel (2003) — If I make a part 2, or “recent recordings” page, this might make it. The feature was already large enough by the time I got to this one. If a page is too large it will load slowly, and be difficult to maneuver about for the visitor.
      * Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey (2004) — Jessica who?
      * Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton (2004) — There’s a 50/50 chance of this recording being used here: You give me $50 and I’ll leave it on the site for 50 minutes.
      * Dean Martin (post mortem) & Martina McBride (2007) — I have an allergy to post-mortem duets.

      Also, although I have no set rule regarding the dates of covers to be included, in general I tend to lean toward early ones and those recorded from the mid-1930s through the mid-1960s, typically including some early and/or prominent recordings by vocalists and bands most closely associated with the songbook: Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, the Big Bands of the Swing Era, the jazz combos of the mid-1940s 1960s such as those fronted by Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, etc. I often stop looking somewhere between 1960 and 1980 depending on how many covers I’ve already got up to that point. I’ve not very much interest in bringing it up to date, or in surveying all the eras of cover versions. – Jim

      Reply

    • Dee MIchel
      Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:18:37

      Right now I have been listening to the Eddie Fisher album where he sings Academy Award winning songs and when he said “Junie” before starting “Baby, it’s cold outside,” I came to my computer to try and see who is singing. He is accompanied by her on “In the cool, cool, cool of the evening”, too. WHoever she is, she sounds a lot like Doris Day, I think

      Reply

    • Dee MIchel
      Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:21:56

      Could “Junie” be June Christy? She seems about the right age and type of singer.

      Reply

      • doc
        Dec 19, 2014 @ 01:07:57

        Hi, Dee.
        I believe Fisher’s duet partner on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” is June Hutton. In 1951 she married Axel Stordahl, whose orchestra backs Fisher on the 1955 album Eddie Fisher Sings Academy Award Winning Songs, on which the Fisher duet recordings of “Cold Outside,” and “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening” appear.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • 2,326,719 views