"My Baby Just Cares for Me" is a jazz standard written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was written for the 1930 film version of the 1928 Ziegfeld musical comedy Whoopee!, starring Eddie Cantor. It is known as a signature tune of singer and pianist Nina Simone.
|"My Baby Just Cares for Me"|
Cover of Nina Simone's 1987 single release
|Single by Nina Simone|
|from the album Little Girl Blue|
|Writer(s)||Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn|
Simone recorded the song in 1958 for her debut album, Little Girl Blue. The track remained relatively obscure until 1987, when it was used in a UK television commercial for Chanel No. 5 perfume. To follow up this exposure, the track was released as a single by Charly Records, entering the UK Singles Chart on October 31, 1987 and becoming, at Number 5, one of Simone's biggest hits almost 19 years after her previous chart entry. This single also made the top 10 in several European single charts and peaked at number one in the Dutch Top 40. A claymation music video was produced by Aardman Animations and directed by Peter Lord.
|UK Singles Chart||82|
|Austrian Singles Chart||8|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||9|
|Swiss Singles Chart||5|
|UK Singles Chart||5|
"Faith" by George Michael
|Dutch Top 40 number-one single 
December 26, 1987 – January 8, 1988 (2 weeks)
"China in Your Hand" by T'Pau
George Michael arranged and recorded a version of “My Baby Just Cares for Me” for his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century. Cyndi Lauper made her own arrangement of the classic tune and released it on her 2003 album At Last. It has also been recorded by Nat King Cole, Amanda Lear, Mel Tormé, Mary Wells, Alex Chilton, and Al Hirt. Frank Sinatra recorded an up-tempo version of this song for his 1965 Reprise album Strangers in the Night.
In the Woody Allen movie Everyone Says I Love You there is an extended musical dance scene of the song performed by Edward Norton and Natasha Lyonne in Harry Winston, the jewelry store. Holden (Edward Norton) brings his soon-to-be sister-in-law Djuna a.k.a. D.J. (Natasha Lyonne) to pick out an engagement ring for his fiancee, Skylar (Drew Barrymore), and the song breaks out.
Alex Chilton recorded his version on his album Cliches released in 1994 by Ardent Records.
Indigo Swing had great success with their 1998 rendition on their My Baby Just Cares for Me album; it became a standard in U.S. dance halls during the Swing Dance revival. Other artists including Renee Olstead and Rob Rio also then recorded swing dance renditions of the song. The Indigo Swing recording introduced many swing dancers to Nina Simone. Imelda May sings this song on her album Jump Jack Jump when singing with the jazz band Blue Harlem.
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