Baby It’s You
Baby It’s You (m. Burt Bacharach, w. Luther Dixon*, Mack David) *credited under the pseudonym Barney Williams.
According to Songfacts.com:
- The title “was originally I’ll Cherish You, but was re-written at the request of Dixon, who produced the track.“
- “The Shirelles’ vocals were added directly to Bacharach’s demo recording.” This may explain why Burt Bacharach’s voice is heard, loudly, near the beginning, on a “Sha la la la la” part of the back vocals.
The vocal arrangements on this version proved influential in subsequent versions, including that by The Beatles, who used the same one. [Well, sort of.] One notable feature of the song is its minor-to-major key chord changes on the verses.
The Shirelles — #8 Hot 100 December 1961 (14 weeks on the chart) and #3 R&B — Scepter 1227 b/w Things I Want to Hear (Pretty Words); produced by Luther Dixon
The Beatles – The third track on the Beatles’ debut album Please Please Me – 1963.
In 1969, the band Smith, featuring vocalist Gayle McCormick, had a #8 hit with the song performed in a driving, bluesy style.
Smith is introduced by Lily Tomlin in an episode of the 1969 Fall season television series, The Music Scene (Episode 6, airdate: 27 October 1969).
(below) from The Leslie Uggams Show (Fall 1969 season only), Episode 5, airdate: 2 November 1969. The band is introduced by the host.