Come Back Baby

"Come Back Baby" is a slow blues song written and recorded by the blues singer and pianist Walter Davis in 1940.

"Come Back Baby"
Song by Walter Davis
Written 1940
Published 1940
Length 2:46
Songwriter(s) Walter Davis

Ray Charles's version, with the title "Come Back" and with songwriting credited to Charles, was released as the B-side to Charles's 1954 single, "I Got a Woman". The song received airplay and peaked at number four on the R&B singles chart. It later appeared as "Come Back Baby" on his 1956 album Ray Charles, with songwriting still credited to Charles.

Other renditions

  • Lowell Fulson recorded in early 1950.
  • Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker recorded multiple versions.
  • Stevie Wonder included a version on his Tribute to Uncle Ray album in 1962.
  • Carolyn Hester recorded a version in 1962 with Bob Dylan accompanying on harmonica.
  • Dave Van Ronk, accompanying himself on guitar, included it on his 1963 Folkways recording Dave Van Ronk, Folksinger.
  • Bert Jansch covered the song on his 1967 album Nicola.
  • Aretha Franklin later covered the song in a faster-paced version in 1967, featured on her Lady Soul album. Footage of Franklin recording the song can be found on a PBS documentary about her life. Franklin included a live recording on the album Aretha in Paris (1968).
  • Love Sculpture covered the song in 1967, on their Blues Helping album.
  • Eric Clapton covered the song on his 2001 album Reptile.
  • Jorma Kaukonen also covered the song on his 2007 album Stars in My Crown.
  • Johnny Winter covered the song on his 2011 album Roots, featuring John Medeski (from Medeski Martin & Wood) on organ.
  • Pat Donohue (member of The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion) covered the song on his 2011 album Nobody's Fault.


Ray Charles version

  • Lead vocal and piano by Ray Charles
  • Instrumentation by the Ray Charles Orchestra
  • Produced by Jerry Wexler

Aretha Franklin version

  • Lead vocals and piano by Aretha Franklin
  • Background vocals by Erma Franklin and Carolyn Franklin
  • Instrumentation by the Muscle Shoals orchestra
  • Produced by Jerry Wexler

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