1969 Song of the Day is- Baby, I Love You” by Andy Kim. “Baby, I Love You” was originally recorded by The Ronettes in 1963. The original was produced by Phil Spector and the song was written by Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. The Ronettes version went to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to #11 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was released on Phil Spector’s Phillies label. The lead vocals were by Ronnie Bennett- soon to be Phil Spector’s wife- background vocals included a young woman named Cher and Darlene Love.
Andy Kim recorded the song for Jeff Barry’s Steed Records in 1969- and it was released as a single in May 1969. The remake enjoyed more success than the original by The Ronettes’ Kim’s version peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Andy Kim’s biggest hit would come in 1974 a #1 called Rock Me Gently. He had seven Top 40 hits in his career and he is still out there- his latest album being released in 2015. For the record I like The Ronettes and The Ramones versions of the song more than Kim’s.
In 1980 Phil Spector produced The Ramones 5th album End Of The Century and one of the songs on that album was The Ramones version of Baby , I Love You- which went to #8 on the UK singles chart.