"Be My Baby" was written by the successful songwriting team, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. It was first recorded and released by American girl group The Ronettes as a single in August 1963, and later placed on their 1964 debut LP "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica". Spector produced their elaborately layered recording in what is now largely considered the ultimate embodiment of his Wall of Sound production formula.
It is considered one of the best songs of the 1960's by Pitchfork Media, NME and Time, where it has been described as "a Rosetta stone for pioneers such as the Beatles and Brian Wilson". A notion supported by Allmusic who wrote, "No less an authority than Brian Wilson has declared 'Be My Baby' the greatest pop record ever made - no arguments here".
"Be My Baby" was recorded in July of 1963 at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. Spector recorded a range of instruments including guitars, saxophones, multiple pianos, and horns with innovative studio mixing and over-dubbing. Spector described his production method as "a Wagnerian approach to rock & roll", which became known as the wall of sound. "Be My Baby" was one of the first times Phil Spector used a full orchestra in his recording. The drums were played by Hal Blaine. Darlene Love, Bobby Sheen, Nino Tempo and Sonny and Cher were part of the group of guests that provided additional backup vocals. Guitars on the session were played by Tommy Tedesco and Bill Pitman, after whom the instrumental "Tedesco and Pitman" on the B-side of the single was named.
The Ronettes - Be My Baby / Tedesco and Pitman
U.K. London HLU 9793 (1963)
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting very few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
The record shows no signs of spindle wear.
Both record labels are clean and unmarked.
The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.