Baby Love (Regina song)

"Baby Love" is a 1986 song by American singer Regina. The single hit number one on the dance charts for two weeks in mid-1986.[1] The single crossed over to the pop singles chart, where it peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100, and at #30 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart. "Baby Love" would be her only single to chart on both the Pop and Soul Singles charts,[2] but several follow up singles charted on the dance chart.

"Baby Love"
Regina Baby Love US 7-inch cover.jpg
Artwork for U.S. 7-inch vinyl single
Single by Regina
from the album Curiosity
ReleasedMay 13, 1986
RecordedDecember 1985—January 1986
GenrePop, R&B, dance
Length6:35, 12". 4:06, 7".
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Stephen Bray, Regina Richards, Mary Kessler
Producer(s)Stephen Bray
Regina singles chronology

The song was written by Stephen Bray, Regina Richards & Mary Kessler. Bray had written several hits for Madonna, and "Baby Love" was actually intended for her to record. After she declined, Regina recorded the vocal herself in late 1985, though with Bray's production it sounded similar to Madonna's other recordings of the time and was sometimes mistaken for one.[3]

Alghough recorded the same year, the first released version of the song was by Dutch girl group The Star Sisters, who released it on their 1985 album Danger.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canada (RPM)[4] 20
France (SNEP) 30
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs 1
U.S. Hot Black Singles 30
Year-end chart (1986) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[6] 85

Dannii Minogue versionEdit

"Baby Love"
 
Single by Dannii Minogue
from the album Love and Kisses
ReleasedOctober 7, 1991 (1991-10-07)
Recorded1991
Genre
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Les Adams
  • Emma Freilich
  • Andy Whitmore
Dannii Minogue Australian singles chronology
"Jump to the Beat"
(1990)
"Baby Love"
(1991)
"Show You the Way to Go"
(1992)
Dannii Minogue European singles chronology
"Jump to the Beat"
(1991)
"Baby Love"
(1991)
"I Don't Wanna Take This Pain"
(1991)

"Baby Love" was covered by Australian singer Dannii Minogue for her debut album Love and Kisses (1991). Minogue recorded her version for the European release of her album and its original pop mix can be found on its single release. The song was produced by Les Adams, Emma Freilich and Andy Whitmore. The remix by Steve 'Silk' Hurley was released in 1991 as the fourth single. It reached the top 20 in Ireland and the United Kingdom, becoming Minogue's fourth top 20 single. In Australia, the song charted within the top 30. The remixes of the song done by Steve 'Silk' Hurly were successful in dance clubs and are credited with giving Minogue a new sound and image.

Critical receptionEdit

Matthew Hocter from Albumism noted that "with a clearer focus on that New Jack Swing sound" and the addition of some "heavy on house music" covers "Jump to the Beat" and "Baby Love", "the younger Minogue demonstrated that she had a very soulful approach to music."[7] John Lucas from AllMusic called the song "a genuinely credible early-'90s house music number".[8] Mark Frith from Smash Hits commented, "...this is Dannii's foray into the world of soul music. She obviously fancies herself as some sort of soul diva and she manages to pass herself off as one quite efficently. As a result, Baby Love works quite well."[9]

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Baby Love".

CD single (Europe and Australia) (Aus D11077)
  1. "Baby Love" (Silky 70's edit)
  2. "Baby Love" (Silky 70's 12" mix)
  3. "Baby Love" (Maurice's House remix)
Cassette single (Aus C11077)
  1. "Baby Love" (Silky 70's edit)
  2. "Baby Love" (Maurice's House remix)
Vinyl single (Aus 12" X14345)
  1. "Baby Love" (Silky 70's edit)
  2. "Baby Love" (Maurice's House remix)
  3. "Baby Love" (Maurice's House Mo Dub 4 Ya mix)
Vinyl promotional single
  1. "Baby Love" (Silky 70's Mix)
  2. "Baby Love" (E-Smooves Groove mix)
  3. "Baby Love" (Silky 70'S dub)
  4. "Baby Love" (Maurice's House mix)
  5. "Baby Love" (Maurice's Mo Dub 4 Ya mix)

Note: "Baby Love" is one of only two singles released by Minogue that did not receive a CD format release in the UK.

PersonnelEdit

  • Dannii Minogue – lead vocals
  • Les Adams, Emma Freilich, Andy Whitmore – production
  • Steve 'Silk' Hurley – remix, additional production
  • Simon Fowler – photography

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 26
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 18
Luxembourg (Radio Luxembourg)[12] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 14
UK Music Week Dance Singles[14] 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 216.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 489.
  3. ^ "Regina - Baby Love". last.fm.
  4. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 45, No. 2, October 4, 1986". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. 1986-10-04. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  5. ^ "Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 27, 1986). "1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 98 (52): Y-21.
  7. ^ Hocter, Matthew (October 19, 2020). "Dannii Minogue's Debut Album 'Dannii' Turns 30: Anniversary Retrospective". Albumism. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Lucas, John. "Dannii Minogue – Love and Kisses". AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Frith, Mark (September 18, 1991). "Review: Singles". Smash Hits. p. 41. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  10. ^ "Discography Dannii Minogue". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  11. ^ "Search Charts" Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. IrishCharts.ie. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
  12. ^ Radio Luxembourg Singles, 20 October 1991
  13. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". everyHit.com. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
  14. ^ "Top 60 Dance Singles" (PDF). Music Week. October 19, 1991. p. 20. Retrieved September 28, 2020.

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