"Baby I Love You" was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, produced by Phil Spector, and originally recorded in 1963 by The Ronettes. After it's release in November 1963, the successful single peaked at #24 on the U.S. Billboard hot 100 chart, and #11 on the UK singles chart.
After their lack of success under contract to Colpix records between 1961 and 1963, the Ronettes ended their Colpix contract and signed with Phil Spector's Philles records in early 1963. During their first few months with Phil Spector, the Ronettes achieved mainstream success with the release of "Be My Baby" in August 1963, which climbed to #2 on the Billboard hot 100 chart. It was the success of "Be My Baby" which had Spector eager to do a follow-up for the Ronettes in the fall of 1963. However, a problem arose when the Ronettes were booked to appear on Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" tour across the country. Phil Spector decided to keep lead singer Ronnie Bennett in California to record "Baby I Love You" while the other two Ronettes, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, went on tour with Dick Clark. Ronnie's cousin, Elaine, took her place on the tour while Ronnie recorded the song at Gold Star studios in California. Since the other Ronettes proved to be unavailable for recording, Spector used Darlene Love and Cher to complete the backing vocals. The song also featured Leon Russell on piano. "Baby I Love You" peaked at #11 in the UK during January 1964, at a time when the Ronettes were touring the UK as the support act to the Rolling Stones.
The song was featured on the album "Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes", which was released at the end of 1964.
The Ronettes - Baby I Love You / Miss Joan and Mr. Sam
U.K. London HLU 9826 (1963)
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting 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.