My Baby Just Cares For Me ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Saturday, June 9, 2007

My Baby Just Cares For Me

If you think of the song "My Baby Just Cares For Me", you'll most likely associate it with singer och pianist Nina Simone. Her version of the song has made such an impression that many people think it was her composition. But in fact the music was written by Walter Donaldson and the lyrics by Gus Kahn in 1930. They also wrote another song that Nina Simone used to perform: Love Me Or Leave Me.

Here is a video clip with the group Cotton Club Singers that has made a version of "My Baby Just Cares For Me" that stays close to Nina Simone's version but they have added some harmony singing.

I really like the "jazz club feeling" in how this video is shot. The group is from Hungary, learn more about the Cotton Club Singers at their website.

Also interesting (maybe more) is what the song sounded like by contemporary bands in the 1930's. Here is a sound clip with "My Baby Just Cares For Me" with Harry Hudson's Band with Sam Browne on vocals.

What do you think of the video clips? Tell me.

1 comment:

mariana sena said...

Wow, the Cotton Club´s is a very good version!
Can u answer me if that song is considered jazz or swing, giving that it was composed in 1930? Also, I´d like to know if u can explain me why there is this discrimination between those 2 terms. I thought that swing was a type of jazz that predominated in the 30´s. Am I mistaken?