Baby Let Me Take You Home
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"Baby Let Me Take You Home", a song credited to Bert Russell (a.k.a. Bert Berns) and Wes Farrell, was The Animals' debut single, released in 1964. In the UK, it reached #21 on the pop singles chart. In the U.S. its B-side, "Gonna Send You Back to Walker" (retitled "to Georgia"), was released but was not a significant hit, placing only at #57 on the pop singles chart. American soul singer Hoagy Lands previously recorded the song in 1964 as "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand", released on Atlantic 2217.
|"Baby Let Me Take You Home"|
|Single by The Animals|
|from the album The Animals|
|B-side||"Gonna Send You Back to Walker"|
|Released||March 1964 (UK), August 1964 (USA)|
|Recorded||12 February 1964|
|Label||Columbia (EMI) (UK)|
MGM Records (USA)
|The Animals singles chronology|
The song is an arrangement of Eric Von Schmidt's rendering of "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" as covered by Bob Dylan, on his first, self-titled, album. The Animals' version opens with striking unaccompanied guitar arpeggios, inserts a middle section with spoken words over an organ riff and closes with a frantic double-time coda. The result was a key influence on Dylan's change to electric music and to the folk-rock genre.
In 2006, Eric Burdon, of The Animals, began to perform the song in a heavier version, on his concerts again, adding a short story how they came to it.