Gaslight Mixtapes

What's All This Baby Talk?

Words By: Sam Pethers | March 24th, 2015

What's All This Baby Talk?

"I work all the week, hon, and I give it all to you.

Honey baby, what more can I do?"

- Elizabeth Cotton, 1958

Listen:

Ray Charles - Come Back Baby

“Come Back Baby” was written by Walter Davis in 1940. Ray Charles released it as the B-Side to “I Got A Woman” in 1954.

Elmore James and His Broomdusters - Goodbye Baby

Elmore James recorded Goodbye Baby is 1955 for the Flair record label.

Blind Willie McTell - Baby It Must Be Love

"Baby It Must Be Love" was included on Blind Willie's album Last Session. It was recorded in 1956, only three years before he died at 61 in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Elizabeth Cotton - Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie

Elizabeth Cotton wrote and recorded "Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie" in 1958. Elizabeth Cotton was known for her unique style of guitar playing - she was self taught and used a right-handed guitar left-handed.

What's All This Baby Talk? Elizabeth Cotton recorded 'Babe It Ain't No Lie' in 1958.

Little Walter - My Babe

"My Babe" was written for Little Walter by Willie Dixon. It was released on Checker records in 1958.

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's Alright

Bob Dylan wrote and recorded "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" for his second album titled The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Though an earlier version of this song can be found on Dylan’s Live At The Gaslight, recorded in 1962.

The Ronettes - Be My Baby

Phil Spector wrote "Be My Baby" in 1963 for The Ronettes. It was included on their only album titled Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica. Brian Wilson declared that it was "the greatest pop record ever made."

The Plebs - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

The Plebs recorded "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" in 1964. The song was originally written by Anne Bredon. The most famous recording was by Led Zeppelin as part of their debut album in 1969.

Buffy Sainte Marie - Babe In Arms

"Babe In Arms" was included on Buffy Sainte Marie's debut album in 1964.

The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby

"Don't Worry Baby" was written by Brian Wilson for The Beach Boys’ album Shut Down Volume 2. Wilson was attempting to recreate The Ronettes single, “Be My Baby”, which he apparently listened to up to 100 times per day.

Otis Redding - Hey Hey Baby

"Hey Hey Baby" was recorded for Redding's debut album Pain In My Heart in 1964.

Johnny Cash - It Ain't Me Babe

J.R. Cash recorded Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" for his February 1965 album Orange Blossom Special. The original had only been released Bob Dylan a mere 6 months earlier.


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