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Baby It's You

Album This song officially appears on the Please Please Me (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1963
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Baby It’s You” is a song written by Burt Bacharach (music), Luther Dixon (credited as Barney Williams) and Mack David (lyrics). It was recorded by the Shirelles and the Beatles, and became hits for both. […]

The Beatles version

English rock group the Beatles performed “Baby It’s You” as part of their stage act from 1961 until 1963, and recorded it on February 11, 1963 for their first album, Please Please Me, along with “Boys“, another song by the Shirelles. American label Vee-Jay Records included it on Introducing… The Beatles and Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles. Capitol included it on The Early Beatles. The Beatles’ version differs to the Shirelles’ by repeating the second verse instead of the first. So, where the Shirelles conclude with a line about sitting home and crying, the Beatles’s conclusion is more upbeat, John Lennon singing that he will carry on loving, no matter what.

A live version was released on Live at the BBC in 1994. The song was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single in 1995 in both the UK and the US, the Beatles’ first in nearly a decade. Both versions have four tracks, making it an EP instead of a regular issue single. The three additional tracks, while from BBC recordings, did not appear on Live at the BBC. Tracks 2 and 4 were later included on On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2, but this recording of track 3 remains unique to this release. The single reached number seven in the UK and number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1202 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJLP 1062 Introducing 1963.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46435 2 Please Please Me 1987.
  • [b] stereo 25 Feb 1963.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3042 Please Please Me 1963.
    US: Vee Jay VJSR 1062 Introducing 1963.
  • [b1] stereo remixed from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol ST 2309 The Early 1965.
  • [b2] mono made from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol T 2309 The Early 1965.

Last updated on February 13, 2016

Lyrics

Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la la la
Sha la la la la

It's not the way you smile that touched my heart (sha la la la la)
It's not the way you kiss that tears me apart

Uh-oh
Many, many, many nights go by
I sit alone at home and I cry over you
What can I do?
I can't help myself, 'cause baby it's you
Baby, it's you

You should hear what they say about you: cheat, cheat
They say, they say you never never never ever been true (cheat, cheat)

Uh-oh
It doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do? And it's true
Don't want nobody, nobody, 'cause baby it's you
Baby it's you

Uh-oh
It doesn't matter what they say
I know I'm gonna love you any old way
What can I do, when it's true?
Don't want nobody, nobody, 'cause baby it's you
Baby it's you
Don't leave me all alone
Come on home...

Officially appears on


Please Please Me (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:40 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Celesta, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Stuart Eltham:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Feb 20, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Please Please Me (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1963

2:40 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Celesta, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Stuart Eltham:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:42 • Studio versionB2 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Celesta, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Stuart Eltham:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


The Early Beatles (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:42 • Studio versionB1 • Stereo remixed from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin:
Celesta, Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Second engineer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Stuart Eltham:
Engineer
A.B. Lincoln:
Second engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 11, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Feb 20, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 25, 1963
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road


Live At The BBC

Official live • Released in 1994

2:44 • Radio showL1 • Lee Peters presented the first batch of four Pop Go The Beatles programmes and the group were tickled by his relentless corny links. ‘Baby It’s You’ – an American Top Ten hit for the Shirelles in summer 1962 – was included on the first album Please Please Me. The BBC version has a cute ending rather than the familiar fade.

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 11, 1963


Baby It's You

EP • Released in 1995

2:45 • Radio showL1

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums
John Lennon:
Rhythm guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Lead guitar

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 11, 1963

Bootlegs


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

2:42 • Studio version


The BBC Archives Volume 3

Unofficial album

2:48 • Radio show


The Beatles At The Beeb - Volume 2

Unofficial live • Released in 2003

3:40 • LiveL1

Concert From "Pop Go The Beatles" in London, United Kingdom on Jun 11, 1963


The Ultimate Live Collection Vol. 01

Unofficial live • Released in 2016

0:39 • Live

Concert From the concert in Bournemouth, United Kingdom on Aug 21, 1963

Live performances

“Baby It's You” has been played in 4 concerts.

Latest concerts where “Baby It's You” has been played


Pop Go The Beatles

Sep 03, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Bournemouth • Gaumont

Aug 21, 1963 • Part of Summer 1963 UK Tour


Pop Go The Beatles

Jun 11, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


Side By Side

Apr 22, 1963 • Part of BBC Sessions


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