This week, we're taking a look at a song suggested by our beloved Anne Marie of Philly; two competing versions and the version that topped them both on the charts!
Baby It's You is a song written by Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon, and Mack David. Dixon worked closely with the Shirelles, while Bacharach would go on to form one of the all-time great songwriting partnerships with Mack David's brother, Hal, writing numerous hits for Dionne Warwick. One notable feature of this song is its minor-to-major key chord changes on the verses, a technique Bacharach made a fortune playing with throughout the 1960's and early 70's.
Luther Dixon actually handled production for the Shirelles' version. When released as a single in 1961, it became an instant hit, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and #8 on Billboard's Hot 100. It later appeared on the album, Baby It's You, which also featured the group's next smash hit, Soldier Boy.
That changed in 1994, when a live version, performed by the Beatles, would be released on Live at the BBC. This version adheres even closer to the Shirelles' version than the studio recording. It was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single (actually an EP) in 1995 in both the UK and the US - a Beatles' first in nearly a decade. The single/EP reached #7 in the UK and #67, state side on Billboard 's Hot 100.
Smith was little more than a bluesy covers band, toiling away in hotel bars, nightclubs, and roadhouses. They'd issued a previous single, with one of the guys in the group on vocals and it went nowhere. Then they added a bit of visual appeal in the form of Gayle McCormick.