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My Baby Just Cares for Me
1928 Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
This is a song written for the musical movie Whoopee! (US 1930, by Thornton Freeland, with Eddie Cantor). The song was sung and danced by Ethel Shutta and subsequently performed by Nat King Cole, Woody Herman and Count Basie.

In 1957 the song had been included in first Nina's recording session because a "bright" up-tempo number was needed to finish the album with. Thirty years later, in 1987, "My Baby Just Cares for Me" was adopted as the theme for a British television advert for Chanel No 5 perfume, and reached the 5th place on the English pop charts. This re-released hit prompted Nina to undertake more concerts and club dates again in Europe, where she had always been much popular than in US. Now, for the millions, this is "the" song of Nina.

This is a clay animation music video produced by Aardman Animations and directed by Peter Lord in 1987 for Charly Records.


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Recording sessions
1957: New York
My baby don't care for shows
My baby don't care for clothes
My baby just cares for me
 
 
1957: New York extended take
My baby don't care for shows
My baby don't care for clothes
My baby just cares for me
 
 
1977 December 4: London (UK) Theatre Royal Drury Lane
 
1984 November 17: London (UK) Ronnie Scott's
Miss Nina Simone ladies and gentlemen
Nina Simone


I think this is what you've been waiting for

My baby don't care for shows
My baby don't care for clothes
My baby just cares for me

My baby don't care for cars and races
My baby don't care for high-toned places

Liz Taylor is not his style
And even Lana Turner's smile
Is something he can't see
My baby don't care who knows it
My baby just cares for me

Baby my baby don't care for shows
And he even don't care for clothes
He cares for me
My baby don't care for cars and races
Baby don't care for high-toned places

Liz Taylor is not his style
You're cute
And even Lana Turner's smile
Something he can't see
I wonder what's wrong with my baby

My baby just cares for me
He just says his prayers for
My baby just cares for me

I love you

(Lyrics transcripted by Roger Nupie)
 
 
1985: USA Theatre tour
We're gonna do the song that I think
you've been waiting for all this night : "My baby"

 
 
1987 July 10: Montreux (CH) 21st Jazz Festival
2006 [7:55] DVD 8 Live at Montreux 1976 Eagle Vision EREDV520 (UK)
 
 
1987: Hollywood (US-CA) Vine Street Bar and Grill
My baby don't care for shows
My baby don't care for clothes
My baby just cares for me
 
 
1988 May 6: Hamburg (DE) Fabrik
 
1988 September 20: Barcelona (ES) Mercat del Born
 
1989 October 23: Hamburg (DE) 14th Jazz Festival in der Fabrik
 
1990 April 10: Paris (FR) Olympia
 
1990 July 13: Montreux (CH) 24th Jazz Festival
1990 [4:53] CD 15 Madame Nina Simone TS RRC 019 (NL)
 
 
1992 May 13-16: Pointe-à-Pitre (GLP) Musiques créoles
 
1992 June 4: Reykjavik (IS) Háskólabíó Arts Festival
 
1997 December 18: Warsaw (PL) Kongresowa Hall
 
2000 April 13-14: São Paulo (BR) Via Funchal
 
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