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"Baby Come Back"
Single by Player
from the album Player
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre R&B, pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:13
Label RSO Records
Writer(s) J. C. Crowley, Peter Beckett
Player singles chronology
"Baby Come Back"
(1977)
"This Time I'm in It for Love"
(1977)

"Baby Come Back" is a song by 1970s group Player from their self-titled second album of the same name. The song was their biggest single, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the soul charts, in 1978. It was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, and the only number-one hit of their career.

The song, whose key and structure are reminiscent of Hall & Oates' "She's Gone", is notable for its infectious riffs, and its memorable hook of "baby come back" during the chorus. The bass player is Ronn Moss, who has been appearing since 1987 on the daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful (as Ridge Forrester).

Charts

Chart (1977-1978)[1] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 10

Uses in other media

The song was used for humor in the episode "Homer Alone" of The Simpsons. When Homer calls the lost baby hotline to report that Maggie is missing, he gets put on hold to the tune of "Baby Come Back".

The song also appeared in the episode "Church Hopping" of King of the Hill. When Hank decides to try Lucky's method of worshipping, they both get drunk at a bar and begin singing the tune, which plays on the jukebox.

In the early 1990s, the now-defunct Chemical Bank used the song in a commercial.

In 1999, "Baby Come Back" was featured in the little known Charlie Sheen and Christopher McDonald movie titled "Five Aces". Chris Martin (played by Charlie Sheen) announces to his four best friends that he is engaged to be married and one evening in the bar the "Five Aces" (played by Sheen and his friends) sing the song during Karaoke.

The song was also in the 2005 movie Roll Bounce, starring Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Jurnee Smollett, Mike Epps, Wesley Jonathan, Meagan Good, and Nick Cannon.

In the 2006 romantic comedy Date Movie, the song was used by Grant after Julia had caught him kissing his ex-fiance. The song is also featured in the film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006).

In 2006, the song's hook was sampled by Vanessa Hudgens in her single "Come Back to Me".

In 2007, the song was used in the film Transformers, in a scene where Bumblebee purposely stalled to a nice romantic location so that the protagonist of the movie, Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf), could have some time with his crush, Mikaela Banes (played by Megan Fox). When Mikaela was about to leave, Bumblebee eventually restarted and played this song.

In the TV series, Total Drama Island, Geoff sings the song with altered lyrics.

In 2008 and 2009, the song was used in ad campaigns for Swiffer's line of cleaning products.

In 2008, the song was sampled on Lil Rob's single "Let Me Come Back".

The season finale of The Game is titled "Baby Come Back" where Melanie confesses her love for Derwin on May 18, 2008.

References

  • "Joel Whitburn's, Presents, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004", 2004
Preceded by
"How Deep Is Your Love" by The Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 14 — January 28, 1978
Succeeded by
"Stayin' Alive" by The Bee Gees
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