March 24, 2020#1962
Above: David Miller with Diana Ross (in white) and Florence Ballard, two-thirds of the Supremes, who scored a big hit when they recorded “Baby Love” in 1964. This photo was taken in the Bahamas in 1966.
It’s amazing how many songs were written about babies. By far the greatest majority refer to adults, songs like “Walkin’ my baby back home” and “Is you is or is you ain’t my baby?” Of course there were a few songs that didn’t fit the pattern. Henry Mancini wrote a jaunty piece that he called the baby elephant walk. And there was “Baby mine,” a tender lullaby sung to Dumbo by his mother in the Disney film. It’s interesting, isn’t it, that Glenn Miller recorded that tune with a vocal by Ray Eberle. If you didn’t listen closely to the lyrics, you might well have figured that it was a love song to his sweetheart.
The tunes included on this episode only scratch the surface of the topic. I could have easily filled four hours with songs with “baby” in the title, but with the limits of time I’ve selected those that I consider among the best.
Oh, baby — Benny Goodman
Baby boogie — Elliott Lawrence
Baby love — Diana Ross and the Supremes
Baby me — Glenn Miller
Don’t be a baby, Baby — Benny Goodman
I’m nobody’s baby — Tommy Dorsey
My baby just cares for me — Orrin Tucker
Baby face — Mitch Miller
Everybody loves my baby — Boswell Sisters
I’ve found a new baby — Mills Brothers
I found a million-dollar baby — Shep Fields
Is you is or is you ain’t my baby? — Louis Jordan
You must have been a beautiful baby — Johnny Mercer
Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody — Al Jolson
Walkin’ my baby back home — Nat King Cole
When my baby smiles at me — Ted Lewis
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