Apr 20, 2015

Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby (1961)

Bobby Vee - Take Good Care Of My Baby (1961)

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Take Good Care of My Baby is a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and made famous by Bobby Vee, when it was released in 1961. It quickly became popular, reaching #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in September. The song is noted for being incredibly similar in musical structure to "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" by Neil Sedaka.

The song was covered by The Beatles during their audition at Decca Records on January 1, 1962. Dion also recorded a version, though it was not released as a single. Gary Lewis & The Playboys recorded a cover version in 1965 on their She's Just My Style album. In 1968, it became a hit again, this time for Bobby Vinton, but his version reached only #33 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in comparison. Vee re-recorded the song as a ballad in 1973 on his album Ain't Nothing Like a Sunny Day (released under his real name, Robert Thomas Velline). However, it's his original version, along with Vinton's, that remain as staples of oldies radio stations.

It has also been covered by for instance Smokie (Solid Ground, 1981), Micky Dolenz, and German Pop Star Sasha (Dick Brave and the Backbeats, 2003).

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