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My Baby Just Cares for Me

"My Baby Just Cares for Me" is a song written by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was one of three hit songs from the 1928 musical Whoopee, starring Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting. It is best known as the signature tune of singer and pianist Nina Simone.

Nina Simone recording

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 and becoming, at Number 5, one of Simone's biggest hits almost nineteen years after her previous chart entry. A claymation music video was produced by Aardman Animations and directed by Peter Lord.

Other notable recordings

George Michael arranged and recorded a version of “My Baby Just Cares for Me” for his 1999 album Songs from the Last Century. It has also been recorded by Nat King Cole, Amanda Lear, Mel Tormé, Mary Wells and Alex Chilton. 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.


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