THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
277-Nina Simone-My Baby Just Cares For Me.
1958-Did not chart.When re-released in 1987 it reached Number 5.
Best Bit-At 0.39.It’s Jazz for Pop fans.
My Baby Just Cares For Me is a Jazz standard written by the ‘Great American Songbook’ writing team of Walter Donaldson(1893-1947) and Gus Kahn(1886-1941) for the 1930 film ‘Whoopee!’The song became the signature tune for Eddie Cantor who sang it in the movie.
Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon(February 21,1933-April 21,2003) and recorded her version of the song for her debut Album ‘Little Girl Blue’ in 1958.The song remained relatively obscure until it was used in a UK television commercial for ‘Chanel No.5’ perfume in 1987.
To follow up the exposure record companies fought over the rights to release the song with ‘Charly Records’ winning the battle.Simone who always had a tenuous relationship with record labels was outraged claiming she didn’t receive any royalties.’They went behind my back and stole from each other like I was a slave.They took me and sold me from one record company to another because they couldn’t deal with me openly.’
‘My baby don’t care for shows,my baby don’t care for clothes,my baby just cares for me.’
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